Thursday, April 02, 2009


UPDATE: Gay Marriage Legal in Iowa!

Joe.My.God. reported that the latest manifestation of Republican/Conservative hypocrisy is Newt Gingrich’s conversion to Catholicism in an attempt to revirginify himself ethically and morally, probably for a run for the presidency in 2012. Catholic theocon Deal Hudson says Gingrich has now been cleansed of all his pesky little extra-marital affairs:

“From a Catholic point of view, Newt’s sins no longer exist—they’ve been absolved. He’s made a fresh start in life. So Newt will continue to sin and confess but there aren’t going to be a lot of Catholics who will hold that against him. They understand why being a Catholic makes a difference.”

So Newt can carry on screwing around, run to confession to say how
dreadfully sorry he is, be forgiven--and it’s off to the races again (repeat, repeat, repeat). Ironic that a Republican from the Baptist South is resorting to the Catholic Church, traditionally hated and distrusted there, to restore himself to respectability. Strange bedfellows, indeed.


UPDATE: Victory in Iowa!!

by Lisa Keen, contributing writer, Bay Windows
Friday Apr 3, 2009

In an enormous victory for equal marriage rights for gay couples, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that gay couples should have the right to marriage licenses the same as heterosexual couples.

The decision represents the first time a state supreme court has ruled unanimously in favor of equal marriage rights for gay couples, and it is the first time a state in America’s "heartland" has done so. The decision, which goes into effect in 21 days, will make Iowa the third state to be currently offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important government objective," wrote Justice Mark Cady, for the seven-member court. "The legislature has [with its 1998 law banning marriage] excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification."

The court said the law violated the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the law and that the court’s own constitutional duty "requires" it to strike the law down.

Noting that other supreme courts have allowed legislatures to provide "equal benefits" of marriage through civil unions, the Iowa court said such a "new distinction based on sexual orientation would be equally suspect and difficult to square with the fundamental principles of equal protection embodied in our constitution." The state’s marriage law -minus the ban for gay couples-must now be applied, said the court, "in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage."

"When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long," said Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Pat Murphy, in a joint statement. "It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency. Today, the Iowa Supreme Court has reaffirmed those Iowa values by ruling that gay and lesbian Iowans have all the same rights and responsibilities of citizenship as any other Iowan."

The Des Moines Register put a different spin on it. The paper, which published procedures for how to impeach a judge after the district court judge ruled in favor of gay marriage, today "reported" the ruling was "a victory for the gay rights movement in Iowa and elsewhere, and a setback for social conservatives who wanted to protect traditional families."

There is no doubt that the decision is a victory for people seeking equal treatment of gay people under the law."

"Today’s victory is a testament to the strength of love, hope and courage-our clients have shown an abundance of all three for many years and now at long last they will be able to marry," said Camilla Taylor, an attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund that spearheaded the lawsuit. "This will go down as another proud day in Iowa’s long history of protecting individual rights."

Evan Wolfson, head of the national Freedom to Marry group, said: "There’s a rainbow over Iowa today and equality in marriage has come to America’s heartland."

Joe's site has a list of quotes from right wingers and homophobes predicting that god will strike Iowa with massive crop failures and economic ruin to punish it for legalizing gay marriage.

Well now, if that isn't the most lovely little piece of information I've read all evening. I'll sleep better now.
Don't forget the thrice-divorced thingy. It sounds like he's getting a pass on that because he wasn't part of the church at that time. Perhaps this will map out a new plan for practicing Catholics wishing to divorce: leave the Church, divorce and remarry, then return to the church. No harm, no foul.
Doug and Arnie--Gingrich may be part of a conservative Republican trend. Bozo and the pope got into bed with each other as repressive, anti-intellectual, anti-gay and anti-women's rights advocates even though Southern Baptists and Catholics have been like oil and water over the centuries. Republicans are so desperate, I think, that they'll whore themselves out to anyone these days--and by their own traditional moral and political standards, they've got the whores to do it.
In the legalistic mind of the Church, wife #2 doesn't count because *she* was married before. Wife #1 could be annulled because of the age difference at the time of the marriage (he married his teacher.) So that leaves young, perky (and Catholic) wife #3.

It seems like the Church is a lot more forgiving to converts than it is to "homegrowns."

I won't question his motives. I don't think the Catholic Church affiliation is as damaging as it once was in the United States. We have a sitting Catholic vice president, and I guess most people aren't even aware of that fact.

Will Newt run for president? Hmmm. He won't get far. He's not very likeable. People also forgive one bad marriage (and remarriage) but two and it just looks unseemly, like a character problem.
This is such good news. Our screens have been full of Obamas visit here, the G20 summit and the terrible shootings in America. I hope we hear more news like this soon for other states too. So many terrible things happening in the world at the mo so its so nice to hear of something positive and long overdue! Have a lovely weekend :-)
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