October 9, 2014

A Wrench In The Back Of Head Means "No"

A gay serial rapist! That's so rare I never heard of one before.

Eventually, [accused Jeffrey] Bugai allegedly threw the victim to the floor, wrapped his legs around him, and told him "that he wanted to suck [the victim's] penis" and that they were going to have sex.

The man soon hit Bugai in the back of the head with a wrench and fled.

permalink | October 9, 2014 at 07:40 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2014

Florida Will Fight To Be #50

Florida is willing to spend every last dollar in its treasury if that's what it takes to drag out the inevitable decision to permit same sex marriage there. That is, unless the Republican Governor gets the boot in next month's election. Polls show the Democrat and Republican nearly tied...probably because the polls also show Floridians have negative opinions of both. That is, in answering the question "Is your opinion of [name] favorable or unfavorable?" The Republican gets 36% favorable/46% unfavorable, while the Democrat gets 36%/44%.

permalink | October 8, 2014 at 04:24 PM | Comments (0)

#28 - North Carolina

"Fourth Circuit, Chief U.S. District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. has lifted the stay on same-sex marriage licenses in North Carolina." The decision.

permalink | October 8, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Comments (0)

The LDS Response

Released on Monday afternoon:

The succession of federal court decisions in recent months, culminating in today's announcement by the Supreme Court, will have no effect on the doctrinal position or practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is that only marriage between a man and a woman is acceptable to God. In prizing freedom of conscience and Constitutional guarantees of the free exercise of religion, we will continue to teach that standard and uphold it in our religious practices.

Nevertheless, respectful coexistence is possible with those with differing values. As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken. Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or non-belief, and differences in sexual orientation.

permalink | October 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM | Comments (0)

Idaho

With a Republican Governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature, you just had to know that Idaho would spend more money so that government could limit the rights of its citizens. Idaho requested a stay of yesterday's decision by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy granted a temporary stay until 5 PM Thursday. Then a more permanent stay will be considered.

permalink | October 8, 2014 at 07:57 AM | Comments (2)

October 7, 2014

Idaho & Nevada are 26 and 27 - or maybe vice versa

The 9th Circuit Appeals court has upheld the finding that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and reversed a finding that Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. Nevada officials had already stopped defending the ban. No stay of the decisions is expected.

Read the decision here.

permalink | October 7, 2014 at 02:15 PM | Comments (1)

Colorado Makes It 25

Colorado has called it quits in the marriage fight. Colorado is in the Tenth Circuit and asked that their appeal be dismissed. And it was. The Colorado Attorney General has ordered all county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples as they would opposite sex couples. Five more states are expected to gain marriage equality over the next few days or weeks.

permalink | October 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM | Comments (0)

A Reason To Go To Palm Springs Pride

Parts of Camp Walter will be at Palm Springs Pride this year: Kalliope, their VW Bus, and maybe even their Bug...at least it's depicted on the poster. November 8 and 9 on Amado Road.
KALLIOPE Art Car and Giant VW Bus Burning Man 2013
Photo by Duncan Rawlinson.

permalink | October 7, 2014 at 07:12 AM | Comments (1)

October 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Legal In Five More States

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear appeals from the Tenth, Seventh and Fourth Circuits, thereby making full marriage equality a done deal in Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Other states in those circuits will have to follow suit as their cases reach the appeals stage...except in those rare states where the administration decides not to waste taxpayer money and just throws in the towel today.

permalink | October 6, 2014 at 09:18 AM | Comments (0)

It's 2014 And There's An Election Coming Up

And suddenly the Republican candidate discovers he supports marriage equality. Boy, he just barely got that in before the absentee ballots got mailed out. You'd think an experienced politician would have better timing. The Desert Sun article also says that Nestande brought up the dead horse (or is it a red herring?) about the state not telling churches who to marry. When has any governmental jurisdiction in the U.S. told any church who to marry? Maybe he had to throw in some stupid to keep his base happy.

permalink | October 6, 2014 at 07:32 AM | Comments (0)