You have to listen to this speaker! Cleve Jones
This guy is awesome!
WW2 Vet speaks on gay marriage a must listen to
Representative Maureen Walsh Remarks on ESSB 6239, Washington gay marriage, what a lady!! my hats off to her!
By Mollie Reilly
During a book signing in Florida on Saturday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was confronted by a group of Dreamers over his vote against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.
Earlier this month, House Republicans voted to end the Obama administration program that has helped more than 550,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents to remain and work in the U.S. for a renewable two-year period. Many Republicans have blamed the policy for the recent surge of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, despite there being little evidence to support the talking point.
“A couple weeks ago you voted for defunding DACA,” one Dreamer asked Ryan, who was signing copies of his new book, The Way Forward. “It would put me and my sister up for deportation. We just had a question — do you want to deport me and my sister?”
Ryan largely ignored the question, pressing the activists to “read the position in the book.” The activists were escorted away from the congressman.
He was later confronted again by Ray Jose, an organizer with immigrant youth organization United We Dream. Jose was escorted out of the book store by a security guard.
Ryan’s office did not immediately return The Huffington Post’s request for comment.
Watch the full video above.
The 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate was also met with protesters at a book tour stop in Chicago last Thursday, as activists accused Ryan of flip-flopping on immigration. (Ryan has previously voiced support for bipartisan immigration reform.)
What a worthless piece of dog poo you really are Paul Ryan you couldn’t answer a kids simple question and had to have one of your stooges push them away as they asked you a simple question, and on top of that you had some security guard making minimum wage help get them out of the store. Us free thinking Americans want to keep the dreamers, we understand that they really are as American as you are Paul Ryan, maybe we should deport you for being under the control of the Koch brothers and the church. Get a grip yo will never win the white house only look at it from the front lawn, we the people are fed up with the likes of you!
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We’re driven by and accountable to our thousands of members across the country who make up our sustainable and robust grassroots network. We believe we can build power by organizing at the local, regional, and national levels and aim to provide tools and resources to support our leaders and member organizations, as well as create meaningful alliances with other advocacy organizations.
In 2012, we successfully pressured President Obama and won the deferred action policy—providing protection from deportation and work permits for young people without papers—and leading a diverse immigrant rights’ movement in our biggest success in over 25 years. In 2013 and beyond, our network has committed to relentlessly fight for our families and communities and win a roadmap to citizenship and fair treatment for all 11 million undocumented Americans. (Read our full platform for change here and our 20-point plan for immigration reform here.) As we’ve proven, we have the power to redefine what is possible and win.
Commack, N.Y., church in Suffolk County under fire over possible immigrant children program
ABC News New York
COMMACK, N.Y. (WABC) –
Residents of a Long Island neighborhood are saying “no” to a proposal to temporarily house immigrant children found near the U.S. border at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
“Who’s going to pay for it?” Jerry Baggett, Commack resident. “Our taxes? Their schooling and everything else. You know what? It’s a complete waste and it’s a joke.”
But the Rev. Marc Herbst at Holy Cross said the community should remain calm, because there is no sign that the church will definitely be participating in the program right now.
“In reality the application process, the timeline — it’s not possible to fund this program through the federal government,” said Herbst.
Lutheran Social Services of New York is participating in a grant program with the federal government to sponsor it. There is a possibility the church could become involved in the future.
“We pay high taxes here for a reason,” said resident Cheryl Cambria. “I have two little kids. I live right across the street from the church and I’m worried for my house, for my family.”
Becoming involved in the program could bring thousands of dollars a month to Holy Cross, which is in financial trouble. But Herbst said it’s not just about the money.
“We’re not against helping people,” said Michael Cantwell, of Commack. “Is it the right place, is the question, and most people in the neighborhood and this immediate area don’t think so.”
Ok you good christen people of Commack you are really showing what you have learned in Sunday school aren’t you? Also you are showing your kids and the rest of the island and world just how Christen you really are! We are talking about kids here, not adults, but kids that really need everyone’s help. Plus this would be a win, win for Commack, the Fed’s would have to pay to retro fit the building, hum jobs, they would have to hire a staff to look after the kids, hum more jobs, the school bus company, more jobs, local business’s delis home depot or Lowes and local hardware stores, more jobs, not to leave out your kids might learn a different langue and a different way of life. Oh your school would get extra money from the Feds and state government, maybe even a few more jobs. I live on Long Island to and would support my town if they wanted to help the kids out
First Wave Of National Guard Troops Arrives At Texas-Mexico Border
Posted on Huffington post
First Wave Of National Guard Troops Arrives At Texas-Mexico Border
HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.
Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force says “several dozen” soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month.
Several Guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge.
Walker says this first batch has been specifically trained to man observation towers in the area belonging to local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They will serve as extra eyes on the border and report suspicious activity to authorities.
State officials have estimated the deployment will cost $12 million per month.
The head line should read, the frat boys and boy scouts have gone to the boarder to welcome in all the kids since they don’t have any power to do anything but hand out water, ask if they want a taxi, and call someone for help. Rick Perry just wants to keep his name in the news as he laughing try’s to run for the white house, that’s right rick keep on running and make yourself out to be more of a joke then you all ready are.
Facebook Donates $10,000 To Politician Fighting Gay Marriage
posted on Huffingpost
by Carina Kolodny
Facebook made a $10,000 donation in May to the reelection campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has received national attention for fighting a court ruling that would make gay marriage legal in the state.
The donation, first reported by QSaltLake, is listed in a filing for Reyes’ 2014 primary campaign on the State of Utah Financial Disclosures website.
read full story here
So all you gay and BI people that are in love with face book, seems like they are anti gay. Just hope this turns out to be a giant mistake on there part. If they didn’t take over Huff post the only want to make a comment, I would get rid of face book.
To Congressman Peter king anti gay, bigot person
Hay King afraid you might read on your face book someone talking the truth about what you said and do that you have to befriended on your face book page? Stop watching Fox news and CNN and start listening to all the people not just people that will blow smoke up your you know what.
By Elise Foley
WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.
The bill was approved 216 to 192, largely along party lines. Four Democrats — Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) — voted with Republicans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, making more than 550,000 undocumented young people vulnerable to deportation. A larger group of 11 Republicans broke ranks to vote with Democrats against the bill: Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
The measure has no chance of becoming law. It’s dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, and there’s no way President Barack Obama would sign legislation to kill one of his key immigration policies. But the House bill will likely be brought up repeatedly, possibly for years, as Democrats hammer the GOP for its hard-line immigration policies.
House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers Read full story
here is my side of this, we are talking about kids, kids, kids that were brought up in this country the only country they know, they went to our schools played with your kids, did the normal kids things in this country, want to go to college, want to become Americans, want to pay tax’s, want to work toward getting a green card. BUT, BUT the Republican swine pigs want to kick them out, this really shows what kind of heartless animals they really are! It’s time to get rid of them, to bad we can’t deport the republican/tea party members in congress today, we could start with John Boehner house speaker and then the next person is Jeff Sessions, remember he called our gay bi national relationships a Lie and a joke.
To my soul mate, husband always Dragon Boy
I told you that we would be together once again in this country, I know you didn’t believe me and there were times when I had my doubts but I kept on fighting with the blog, being a pain in the butt with my senator and congressman and the white house, driving the right wing nuts crazy on all the blogs, but DOMA is gone! I still can’t believe it!
The last time I saw you face to face we were in that dinner having breakfast YOYO was in Goldie, and that bank called you back to that college town for an interview and we had to scramble to the airport and then for me that long drive home, I thought that I would see you soon, but little did I know I was going to get so sick in a few months that killed everything for me and for us. It’s been a hard road for both of us but it’s almost over with now.
It’s funny how things work out, I had called my brother in Colorado to tell him where I was working on beach 20th street where he was a life guard and he told me about DOMA being gone and he kept on reading from different blogs online to make sure, as he was reading there were tears in my eyes and I couldn’t think right all I could think about was texting you to see if you heard the news and to start planning on coming home.
We have been throw a rough road living 12 hours away from each other and all we had were texting, Skype, you trying to get by and me still trying to put my life back on track. But I also thought of you and there were smiles on my face. No matter how sick I was to just hear your voice every day made me strong enough to get better the joy that you brought me.
It’s been a different kind of road that we traveled, living together for 4 ½ years here on the island, and then being so screwed over by the embassy in KL, but we always stayed together, we were always in our hearts, I never gave up with the dream of finally being able to get a house with you, and growing old with you.
Dragon boy get all the paper work together, you know what you have to do and I know what I have to do, soon you will be back on the street that you left from and driving your car again. Also lots of apples lolololol Since September 11 2001 that’s when you moved in that Saturday after
To my husband always Dragon Boy!
Fiance/e Visas — Procedural Steps
Fiancé Visas — Procedural Steps this is the link to see as of right now the hops that you will have to jump throw to get your husband or wife’s a visa into he country.
Once again I’m going to tell everyone to go get a lawyer where ever you are at lest have them fill in the paper work. Now remember if something goes wrong you can contact your congressman and senator for help if the embassy or immigrations gives you a hard time. Remember we are not second class citizens anyone in the Federal eyes.
Well it’s gone, well almost anther 60 to 90 days and its gone part of American bad history is gone and I’m talking about DOMA. Soon you will be able to sponsor your loved ones into the country, soon you Americans that are in exile will be able to come home with your loved ones.
But the work isn’t over yet there is still a hand full of rethuglians and republicans and tea party baggers along with bible thumpers that aren’t going down easy, so it’s still up to all of us to get rid of all republicans in office and make sure they stay out of office.
So what to do now, everyone get all your paper work together, contact your lawyers and find out what you will need to be able to file for that visa. It’s not going to be cheap, but it’s so well worth it!
WE WON! THE EVIL LAW IS GONE.
we aren’t in the bill!
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon final day of markup that stretched into the evening.
All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in favor of the bill, which will now go to the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted against the bill out of committee, said he would support allowing it to move forward for debate — rather than joining a filibuster — once on the Senate floor. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who was also a “no” vote, said if it had been between his vote and moving the bill to the Senate floor, he would have voted in favor. Read full story!
If the current Senate immigration stays as is, 36,000 same-sex binational couples will continue to have to make the horrible choice between the country they love and the person they love, because there is currently no way for gay people to migrate to the U.S. to be with their long-term partners.
Gay people were purposely excluded from the Senate immigration bill because the “Gang of Eight” who wrote it, which Sen. Schumer is a part of, did not want to lose the support of the religious right. Now, with the bill moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee, we have a chance to amend the bill.
Sen. Pat Leahy has filed an amendment to include LGBT families in immigration reform that could be voted on any day now. Every single Democrat on the Judiciary Committee has to vote yes for the amendment to stand a chance.
We need at least 15,000 people to tell Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leading Democrat on the “Gang of Eight,” to publicly support the inclusion of LGBT families so that we can do an in-person delivery and force him to give us an answer that will take away any excuse for any of the other Democrats to vote against this. Can you sign and share to help us get there?
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — President Barack Obama says he supports recognizing gay unions in a broad immigration bill pending in Congress but won’t say whether he would sign legislation that fails to do so.
Obama says that recognizing same-sex relationships in the bill is “the right thing to do.” But he says it would be premature to telegraph what he will or won’t do before lawmakers send him a bill.
Gay rights supporters are pushing for an amendment to the bill to allow gays to sponsor their partners to come to the U.S.
But Republicans, including some who helped draft the bill, have made it clear that amending the legislation in that fashion would cost their support.
Obama commented at a news conference Friday evening in San Jose, Costa Rica, with President Laura Chinchilla.
Ok people take to yru e-mails and start wrighting your congressman and tell him yu want us in the bill
Ok the president said””” We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.””””
“”””Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well”””
Now it’s your turn to take action, write your congressman, write your senator, write the white house not just once but ever since day, every single week! Let your voice be heard loud and clear you want your right to marry who you want to marry! Tell the republican stooges you want your rights as American citizens, as tax payers you want to be able to marry who you want!
What are you waiting for!
Ok people, we now have a president in office that will sign a bill for gay marriage now, we have the Dems that say they are for gay marriage, we have the support of more than half the American people, and we have the younger voters that don’t understand what the big deal is about gay marriage. Plus 9 more states either have gay marriage or civil unions with the last election our time is coming! But, But, But the war isn’t over, yes we are in a war a war that we must win and win before the next election comes!!!!!! I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE THIS POINT ACROSS TO YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE! It’s up to every single gay, BI and transgender person to get this law on the books and to get DOMA ripped out of our lives once and for all.
We all have a second job, it’s an easy job but a job that everyone must do, every day you have to write your congressman, write you senators and ask for gay marriage, no let me put that a different way we must demand our rights demand gay marriage once and for all!! No matter what cracker you have for a congressman or senator no matter what bigot you have for a senator or congressman, no matter if you live in the deep south or in the north, you must e-mail, e-mail, and e-mail, call and call and call till the fat cats in Washington DC get off their butts and do something. We have to make our voices louder than the right wing nuts, louder than the right wing congressman and senators that listen to the bible thumping inbreed bigots.
Did I leave out the white house; write the president let him know how you feel all American citizens can write it’s your right as citizens to demand change. So what are you waiting for, for someone else to do your job, take that 5 minutes from watching porn or skyping your friends work for a change, DO IT NOW!
There are over 1100 people come to this site every day, that could be 1100 e-mails sent out or phone calls, what are you waiting for!
The elections are coming soon
Hi everyone just wanted to remind everyone to get out and vote if you are an American citizen. This is going to be the biggest elections for gay rights that has ever been! One side you have Obama that will sign gay friendly bills into law and not try to take away any or all of the rights that we have. On the other hand we have a Bigot, bully, backward thinking man called Mitt Romney running to try and get into the white house. Remember if this jerk gets into office he will try to take away your rights, he supports a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a men and women he doesn’t even feel that we should be able to adopt a kid, he feels that every child deserves a father and mother. He doesn’t care that a kid could be in foster care or in the streets because they are gay. He at first didn’t want anything to do about the dream act and didn’t support it, but he flip flopped on that he likes the idea now. Let’s not forget how he kind of flip flopped and said” if my grand kids turn out gay I would do whatever it would take to make sure they are happy”
So people if you want to keep your rights, if you want gay marriage, if you want to keep your health care, if you are a woman and you’re your rights to your body, then you know you have to vote for Obama and not that bigot Mitt.
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court In New York
By LARRY NEUMEISTER by AP from Hufftonpost
NEW YORK — A divided federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Thursday as unconstitutional, joining an appeals court in Boston in rejecting the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in the next year.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2-to-1 ruling only weeks after hearing arguments on a lower court judge’s findings that the 1996 law was unconstitutional.
The majority opinion written by Judge Dennis Jacobs rejected a section of the law that says “marriage” only means a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife and that the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. A federal appeals court in Boston earlier this year also found it unconstitutional.
The issue is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The decision came less than a month after the court heard arguments on Sept. 27.
Lawyer Paul Clement, who had argued in support of the law on behalf of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives, was traveling and did not immediately return a message for comment.
James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the ruling “a watershed moment in the legal movement for lesbian and gay rights.”
“It’s fabulous news for same-sex couples in New York and other states,” he said.
Esseks said the 2nd Circuit went farther than the appeals court in Boston by saying that when the government discriminates against gay people, the courts will presume that the discrimination is unconstitutional.
In striking down the law, the Jacobs wrote that the law’s “classification of same-sex spouses was not substantially related to an important government interest” and thus violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
He said the law was written so broadly that it touches more than a thousand federal laws. He said “homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majoritarian public.”
He rejected arguments that the definition of marriage was traditional.
“Even if preserving tradition were in itself an important goal, DOMA is not a means to achieve it,” he said.
Judge Chester Straub dissented, saying that if the government was to change its understanding of marriage, “I believe it is for the American people to do so.”
“Courts should not intervene where there is a robust political debate because doing so poisons the political well, imposing a destructive anti-majoritarian constitutional ruling on a vigorous debate,” he said.
The ruling came in a case brought by Edith Windsor. She sued the government in November 2010 because she was told to pay $363,053 in federal estate tax after her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. They had married in Canada in 2007.
The law, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages, was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton after it appeared in 1993 that Hawaii might legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have banned gay marriage but several have approved it, including Massachusetts and New York.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Likely To Go Before Supreme Court Within The Next Year
By KRISTEN WYATT
BOULDER, Colo. — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that she believes the Defense of Marriage Act will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year.
Ginsburg spoke at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was asked a student-submitted question about the equal-protection clause and whether the nation’s high court would consider it applying to sexual orientation.
Ginsburg said with a smile that she couldn’t answer the question. She said she could not talk about matters that would come to the court, and that the Defense of Marriage Act would probably be up soon.
“I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term,” she said.
The 1996 law has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York and is awaiting arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Those oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 27.
The law was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton after the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a ruling in 1993 making it appear Hawaii might legalize gay marriage.
Since then, many states have banned gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004 and continuing with Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Washington state. Maryland and Washington’s laws aren’t yet in effect and might be subject to referendums.
In February 2011, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Ginsburg’s remarks came at a conference sponsored by the University of Colorado law school. Ginsburg talked mostly about entering the legal profession when there were few female lawyers and even fewer judges.
Gay Veteran Steals the Show at Romney Endorsement Event
Emily Friedman abc news
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mitt Romney had an uncomfortable exchange over same-sex marriage with a gay veteran having breakfast in New Hampshire this morning.
At an event that was meant to highlight the endorsement of Romney by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, veteran Bob Garon of Ebson, N.H., asked the presidential candidate, who stopped by his breakfast table, whether he supports the repeal of the New Hampshire same-sex marriage law.
A Republican-controlled legislature has moved toward repealing the law, enacted in 2009 when Democrats controlled the legislature. A vote could come next month.
Romney told Garon, who was chowing down on his everyday staple of scrambled eggs and shaved ham at the restaurant Chez Vachon, that he supports a repeal of the same-sex marriage law, prompting an emotional exchange.
“I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman,” Romney said, joining Garon in the diner booth after shaking hands with several other patrons.
Garon responded, clarifying that what that meant was that if Romney is elected he would not support any legislation that would change the law so that gay servicemen would get the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
“I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney said. “We apparently disagree on that.”
“It’s good to know how you feel, that you do not believe everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights,” the 63-year-old New Hampshire resident responded.
“No, actually I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear marriage was between a man and a woman,” Romney said, just as one of his campaign aides chimed in that they had “to get going” to another Fox interview.
“Oh, I guess the question was too hot,” Garon quipped to Romney and his aide.
“No, I gave you the answer, you said you had a yes or no answer and I gave you the answer,” Romney said, turning back to face Garon.
We all know that Mitt Romney is a bigot, and this video just shows how this jerk water guy can look you in the eye and still talk anti gay bull to a gay veteran, you want this pig as your president?