redheadedfemme: (kick nuts)
 Pulled this gem from Right Wing Watch.
 
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel stopped by VCY America’s “Crosstalk” yesterday to discuss his group’s attempt to stop judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Alabama. Staver praised Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for flouting the ruling of a federal court on the matter and lashed out at the Supreme Court for rejecting Alabama’s appeal of the marriage case, saying that Alabama “does not have to obey” any future Supreme Court ruling “that there’s some invented right to same-sex marriage and therefore you can’t have marriage as a union of a man and a woman.”

“That is so far off the beaten path, so far removed from the Constitution that it is no rule of law,” Staver said. “There is a limit to what the court can do, there is a limit to what the people can stomach. If that court were to say, the laws of gravity were fine for the founders but we have progressed, we’re a progressive society and we think they have changed, you would say, ‘That’s nuts, have they lost their mind?’ The question is: Have they lost their mind by saying there’s a constitutional right for same-sex marriage?”
 
Because everybody knows the laws of physics and a civil contract between two people are the exact same thing!
 
*headdesk*
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redheadedfemme: (privilege)
This is the finest comment I have seen about Ferguson, from the irreplaceable Jay Smooth.


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redheadedfemme: (Default)
This is the Ninth Circuit Court's decision striking down Idaho and Nevada's gay marriage bans, issued today.
 
Judge Reinhardt, who wrote the decision, evidently has something of a sense of humor; one of his footnotes, on page 21, reads:
 
He also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. 
 
Which made me both laugh out loud and shake my head at the stupidity of such an argument. As if many opposite-sex couples weren't already doing all those things.
 
There's also a very interesting concurring opinion, written by Judge Berzon, starting on page 50 of the 95-page document. He argues that not only do "these same-sex marriage prohibitions fail because they discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation," but because of "impermissible gender classifications," based on "the baggage of sexual stereotypes."
 
The opinion is quite long, but well worth your time. Hopefully, this will apply to all the other states in the Ninth Circuit....which means that my home state of Arizona will have to wave its discriminatory little amendment bye-bye.
 
About damn time. 
redheadedfemme: (oppression olympics)
This is the Ninth Circuit Court's decision striking down Idaho and Nevada's gay marriage bans, issued today.

Judge Reinhardt, who wrote the decision, evidently has something of a sense of humor; one of his footnotes, on page 21, reads:

He also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.

Which made me both laugh out loud and shake my head at the stupidity of such an argument. As if many opposite-sex couples weren't already doing all those things.

There's also a very interesting concurring opinion, written by Judge Berzon, starting on page 50 of the 95-page document. He argues that not only do "these same-sex marriage prohibitions fail because they discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation," but because of "impermissible gender classifications," based on "the baggage of sexual stereotypes."

The opinion is quite long, but well worth your time. Hopefully, this will apply to all the other states in the Ninth Circuit....which means that my home state of Arizona will have to wave its discriminatory little amendment bye-bye.

About damn time.
redheadedfemme: (oppression olympics)
This is an excellent, excellent rant from John Oliver. He hasn't been on the air very long, and he's already better than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. He'd be worth getting HBO for, all by himself. (Well, and that little show called Game of Thrones.)


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redheadedfemme: (stupid people large groups)
 Man. Just when you think the monkeys have stopped flinging poo, they're back at it again.

Hospitals would need to check the immigration status of uninsured patients under a new bill introduced by an Arizona lawmaker. Rep. Steve Smith’s (R) H.B. 2293 would require hospital staff to “reasonably confirm” patients’ status during check-in or treatment, and immediately report those who do not have the required papers to immigration officials.

I suppose this means that people who are actively dying would, you know, still have to go in search of their papers.

This is ridiculous. Hospitals are not in the business of enforcing immigration laws, nor should they be. Hospitals are in the business of saving lives. And Representative Smith conveniently overlooks the obvious fact that if this bill were to pass, undocumented immigrants simply would not go to the emergency room.

Even if they died as a result. For many Republican hard-liners, this would be a feature, not a bug.

I'm sorry, I cannot be that callous, not in the service of any law. Don't repeat the old canard to me about "what part of 'illegal' don't you understand?" If you agree with this law, that means to me that you have no concept of what it means to be acompassionate human being.

There are some laws that would richly deserve civil disobedience, Martin Luther King style. This would be one of them.



redheadedfemme: (incubator)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Reproductive Rights
A star-studded cast wants you to sign!




The CAMPAIGN

The Bill of Reproductive Rights is an effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights to deliver a thundering statement—backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from concerned citizens like you—to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.


Draw the line! Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights!

redheadedfemme: (closed mouths)
Sid Schwab hits the nail on the head.

Gay rights are civil rights. The only arguments against gay marriage and other rights are religious ones, based on a book full of contradictions on much more serious matters than marriage. Killing your kids, for one. To believe gays should be discriminated against, you have to believe that homosexuality is a choice, and that it's religiously prohibited. The first is clearly scientifically wrong (what??? You mean right-wingers reject facts to maintain their deep-seated prejudices and belief in pre-failed policies??); the second has no business in civil law. If you believe in the Constitution (you know, like all those teabaggers) then you can't reconcile the idea of states voting away the civil rights of a class of citizens based on sexual preference any more than you can do so based on skin color. Or gender. And, yes, I'm well aware that there are plenty of right-wingers who'd happily do both.

I don't agree with everything he says in this paragraph, but it's true that religious prohibitions have absolutely no place in this country's making of law. We are ruled by the Constitution, not the Bible or any other religious text. If you read the Constitution (and I have, thanks to the little booklet sent me by the ACLU) you'll know that religion is not mentioned, and the Ten Commandments are nowhere to be found. 

I'm a person of faith, but it's also clear to me that atheists and agnostics can come up with just as good a statement of ethics and human living as any Judeo-Christian, and they can certainly write just as good a governing document for a country. (Of course, there's that little pesky thing about "three-fifths of a person," but the beauty of the Constitution is that as society evolves, and decides that discrimination against people of color and women is no longer acceptable, the principles of the Constitution can evolve along with this--at least for those who acknowledge that it is indeed a living, breathing document, and not an ossified, rigid, unchangeable relic of a group of people long dead.)

At any rate, read the whole thing
redheadedfemme: (closed mouths)
Sid Schwab hits the nail on the head.

Gay rights are civil rights. The only arguments against gay marriage and other rights are religious ones, based on a book full of contradictions on much more serious matters than marriage. Killing your kids, for one. To believe gays should be discriminated against, you have to believe that homosexuality is a choice, and that it's religiously prohibited. The first is clearly scientifically wrong (what??? You mean right-wingers reject facts to maintain their deep-seated prejudices and belief in pre-failed policies??); the second has no business in civil law. If you believe in the Constitution (you know, like all those teabaggers) then you can't reconcile the idea of states voting away the civil rights of a class of citizens based on sexual preference any more than you can do so based on skin color. Or gender. And, yes, I'm well aware that there are plenty of right-wingers who'd happily do both.

I don't agree with everything he says in this paragraph, but it's true that religious prohibitions have absolutely no place in this country's making of law. We are ruled by the Constitution, not the Bible or any other religious text. If you read the Constitution (and I have, thanks to the little booklet sent me by the ACLU) you'll know that religion is not mentioned, and the Ten Commandments are nowhere to be found. 

I'm a person of faith, but it's also clear to me that atheists and agnostics can come up with just as good a statement of ethics and human living as any Judeo-Christian, and they can certainly write just as good a governing document for a country. (Of course, there's that little pesky thing about "three-fifths of a person," but the beauty of the Constitution is that as society evolves, and decides that discrimination against people of color and women is no longer acceptable, the principles of the Constitution can evolve along with this--at least for those who acknowledge that it is indeed a living, breathing document, and not an ossified, rigid, unchangeable relic of a group of people long dead.)

At any rate, read the whole thing
redheadedfemme: (incubator)
"Men--their rights and nothing more; Women--their rights and nothing less."  ~ Susan B. Anthony

This is a sad, horrible commentary on the state of this country.












I hope, forty or fifty years from now when I'm on my deathbed, I won't be reminiscing about an America "when women were free." 
redheadedfemme: (incubator)
"Men--their rights and nothing more; Women--their rights and nothing less."  ~ Susan B. Anthony

This is a sad, horrible commentary on the state of this country.












I hope, forty or fifty years from now when I'm on my deathbed, I won't be reminiscing about an America "when women were free." 
redheadedfemme: (computer friends)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS


For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.


As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:



"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."


So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.







redheadedfemme: (computer friends)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS


For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.


As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:



"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."


So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.







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