Gay rights trump religious rights.
That's the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
The high court's decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state's anti-discrimination laws. more >>
Vance McAllister, 40, a married Christian GOP congressman and father of five representing the 5th district of Louisiana begged God and his wife for forgiveness Monday after a video showing him locked in a steamy kiss and embrace with his district scheduler was made public.
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," McAllister said in a statement in The Ouachita Citizen, which first reported his infidelity. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you're a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed."
"From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done," he continued. more >>
Democrats have criticized advertising graphics from a conservative news outlet depicting Nancy Pelosi's head on Miley Cyrus' bikini-clad body.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) called on Breitbart to remove its advertisement of the U.S. House minority leader seemingly wearing the same outfit Cyrus wore during her MTV Awards "twerking" performance.
"If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case, Elane Photography, LLC vs. Willock, in which a wedding photographer was punished for declining to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.
"This essentially means the end of legal options for John and Elaine Huguenin for now," Alan Sears, president, CEO and General Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said. ADF represented the Huguenins, owners of Elane Photography.
In 2006, Vanessa Willock sent an email to several wedding photographers in New Mexico asking if they would be willing to photograph her same-sex "commitment ceremony." (New Mexico did not redefine marriage to include same-sex couples until December 2013.) more >>
A controversial gay rights critic running for governor of Massachusetts has recently stated that he believed President Barack Obama "may well be a homosexual himself."
Scott Lively, gubernatorial candidate and head of Abiding Truth Ministries, stated in an interview with local media that he felt President Obama was "a radical homosexualist." more >>
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"
This frequently cited quote is often misattributed to John Maynard Keynes or Winston Churchill. But since no one knows the originator, I'll claim it as my own. Sometimes when the facts change, I change my mind. Such is the case with this article.
This is not the article I set out to write. The facts – or at least my recollection of the facts – changed and I had to change with them. My original thesis was that several years ago LGBQT activists gave assurances that their agenda did not have to conflict with religious liberty rights and that they rejected any claims that opposing homosexual rights was akin to racial discrimination. I thought they too had once claimed, as law scholar Doug Kmiec said nine years ago, that it was "inconceivable" that "a successful analogy will be drawn in the public mind between irrational, and morally repugnant, racial discrimination and the rational, and at least morally debatable, differentiation of traditional and same-sex marriage." more >>