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More on gay marriage equality (NOM Included!) March 4, 2009

Posted by truthspew in Gay rights, marriage equality, politics, religion.

I have been having a bit of a legal difference of opinion with GLAD lately. They seem to think that the RI Judiciary would be hostile. I assert that GLAD is too timid. It is either that or they wish for a legislative redress so that can be held out to other states pushing the war for marriage equality.

Any time there have been major movements in marriage, be they Loving v. Virginia or the MA and CT cases, it’s always been blessed by the courts.

I’m happy that GLAD is challenging parts of DOMA though. What I’m not happy about is where marriage equality in RI is going. I note that S0147 is being “Hearing continued”, and H5744 hasn’t seen any action yet.

Here’s the strategy I’d like to see:

1) Ormiston v. Chambers re-submitted to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, this time under the grounds that our Constitutional rights are being violated by § 8-10-3 Establishment of court – Jurisdiction – Seal – Oaths.

The relevant text:

“Rhode Island issued the order and has continuing exclusive jurisdiction over the parties; antenuptial agreements, property settlement agreements and all other contracts between persons, who at the time of execution of the contracts, were husband and wife…”

2) Then lets torque up the fight against legislative obstinacy. Lets do sit ins, etc. I say we do this for 45 days. If that fails, then we present a marriage challenge to the state. I did think MERI’s “Playing Games” strategy was brilliant. Maybe click it up a few notches.

3) Concurrent with point 2, lets turn up the heat on the Catholic Church. It is now clear that the church is neck deep in denying us our rights. Lets protest in Cathedral Square and in the bishops offices. Challenge the tax exempt status of the church.

Now on to the latest from the bigots at the National Organization for Marriage (Again, there’s that oxymoron!)

Seems they’re upset about the GLAD challenge to the federal DOMA statute. And to Mr. Brown, we don’t hate a fair fight. I relish the opportunity to battle you. Maybe a punch to your face? But then I refuse to have a battle of wits with such a dimwitted religious freak as Brown. He can’t really form an argument to save his life, I suppose that is what happens when all your training if of a religious nature.

Dear Anthony,

Yesterday, more than a dozen same-sex couples married in Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

We’ve seen it before: same-sex marriage advocates hate a fair fight. Instead, they’d rather argue against a straw man, filing cases where their official opponent (the government) is already on their side — leaving the pro-marriage position virtually unrepresented. In California, Attorney General Jerry Brown actually refused to defend Prop 8 and instead joined the plaintiffs in arguing that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

And that’s exactly what they’re trying to do here. Waiting until after the Bush administration left office, the lawsuit seeks to take advantage of President Obama’s public opposition to DOMA, in hopes that Attorney General Eric Holder will either entirely abdicate his responsibility to defend DOMA, or at most offer a lackluster defense of the statute.

With plaintiffs represented by the same group that successfully litigated the same-sex marriage cases in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the case represents the first serious challenge to DOMA since it was overwhelmingly adopted by Congress in 1996.

The case will likely be decided by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and could make its way to the US Supreme Court!


1. Email President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder today! We have to keep the pressure on the Obama administration — reminding them that it is their legal duty to defend federal law, whether they personally agree with it or not. Click here to send an email to President Obama and Attorney General Holder urging them to mount a vigorous defense of DOMA, even though they may disagree with DOMA on policy grounds.

2. Forward this email to five friends. Ask them to join you in standing up for DOMA! We need to build an army of grassroots support for DOMA from every state in the nation! Click here to forward this email to your friends.

3. Donate to the DOMA Defense Fund! We’re preparing TV and radio ads to put the pressure on President Obama and Congress, urging them to respect the voice of the American people — who have overwhelmingly voted time and time again to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife. Your gift of $35, $50 or even $100 will help us raise the funds needed to get these ads on the airwaves! Click here to make a secure online donation today.

It is critical that we stand together today and send a message to the Obama administration. The decisions being made by President Obama and Attorney General Holder over the next few days will set the tone for this litigation as it proceeds in the months ahead.
Brian Brown

Thank you,

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542

Oh boo hoo. You think your rights are being abridged? I say that mine have been for at least the last 13 years.

The religious want to talk the straw man argument that their Article 1 Section 3 rights are being violated. Both S0147 and H5744 do nothing of the sort. But the continued blocking of my rights is something that needs to be addressed.

You may wonder why I’m so adamant about this. Part of it has to do with my political awakening about eight years ago. It also has to do with a greater awareness of my rights as a citizen of the United States and of the State of Rhode Island.

Add to the fact that this issue involves two of my favorite topics, politics and religion. What it means is that I will fight until I have all my Constitutional rights, and until the organized religions are pushed from the public sphere.



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