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Log Cabin Republicans Blasts Ugandan Minister’s Election as President of United Nations


Log Cabin Republicans Blasts Ugandan Minister’s Election as President of United Nations

Washington, D.C. — Last week Sam Kuesta, the anti-gay Ugandan Minister to the United Nations, was quietly elected President of the U.N. General Assembly. Kuesta is on-record both supporting and defending the controversial Ugandan policy that allows for lifetime imprisonment of gay citizens and harsh sentences for anyone helping gay Ugandans to avoid detection.

In response, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo stated:

At a time when Americans are rightly decrying a fringe of the GOP in the United States advocating for so-called reparative “ex-gay therapy” in Texas, one would expect strident vocal opposition to Mr. Kuesta’s election to President of one of the world’s most influential governing bodies — by unanimous vote, no less. In stark contrast, however, the deafening silence among the preponderance of the left reveals an apathy to this news at best, and de facto support of Mr. Kuesta at worst. Make no mistake: the election of dangerous anti-gay extremists like Mr. Kuesta to positions of power show the genuine perils of ceding United States sovereignty to the United Nations. Its consequences can be — without exaggeration — life and death.

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest Republican organization representing gay and lesbian conservatives and allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local Chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.

Appeals Court To Hear Arguments From MI, OH, TN, KY Gay Marriage Cases


Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | June 27, 2014

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Monday announced it would hear arguments in cases challenging gay marriage bans in the four states in its geographic area on August 6.

The court said in its order that the same three-judge panel will hear all four cases, SCOTUS blog reported.

Arguments will be limited to 30 minutes for each side in cases challenging bans in Michigan and Ohio. Less time, 15 minutes per side, will be allowed in cases challenging bans in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Nevada: Extending marriage to same-sex couples could add an additional $23 to $53 million to state economy


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June 17, 2014

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Nevada: Extending marriage to same-sex couples could add an additional $23 to $53 million to state economy

LOS ANGELES- Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Nevada would generate an additional $23 million to $53 million in spending to the state of Nevada, according to a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar, M.V. Lee Badget and Williams Institute Senior Counsel, Christy Mallory.

“This study confirms that all Nevadans can benefit from marriage for same-sex couple, not just the LGBT community” said Badgett.

According to 2010 U.S. Census data, the most recent data available, the state of Nevada has about 7,140 resident in same-sex relationships. Of those couples, the Institute projects that 50 percent (3,570) would chose to marry within the first 3 years, a pattern that has been witnessed in states such as Massachusetts and many others. As a result, it’s believed that about 2,300 marriages would occur in this first year alone; which would add an additional $14 to $34 million in revenue to the state of Nevada that year.

Key findings include:
• 1,532-3570 same-sex couples would choose to marry in the three years following an opening of marriage to same-sex couples in the state.
• The total spending on wedding arrangement and tourism would generate and additional $23 million to $52 million to the state and local economy in the first three years, with $14 million to $34 million generated in first year alone.
• This economic boost would add at least $1.8 million to $4.2 million tax dollars to state and local coffers
• Extending the right to marry to same-sex couples can generate approximately 193 to 449 jobs in Nevada in the first three years.

Analyses are informed by the methodology that the Williams Institute has used in previous studies of the economic impact of marriage in a number of other states. State-level data, 2010 Census data, and American Community Survey data were all used to estimate the economic impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Nevada. Estimates do not take into account the impact of same-sex couples from other states that will travel to Nevada to be married.

Study after study has demonstrated that, in addition to significant revenue, marriage for same-sex couples also creates new jobs”, noted Mallory.

Click here for full study.

Friend-of-the-Court Briefs Submitted by Williams Institute Scholars in 6th Circuit Marriage Cases


June 2014

Williams Institute scholars, along with the National Women’s Law Center and other leading women’s legal organizations, filed three amicus briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the cases of Bourke v. Beshear (Kentucky), Tanco v. Haslam (Tennessee), and DeBoer v. Snyder (Michigan). The amicus briefs argue that, like laws that discriminate based on sex, laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation warrant heightened judicial scrutiny because, among other considerations, such laws are based on overbroad gender stereotypes.

Click here for Bourke v. Beshear brief.
Click here for Tanco v. Haslam brief.
Click here fore DeBoer v. Snyder brief.

Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar, Gary Gates, also submitted a briefs shedding light on the demographic and economic characteristics of same-sex couples and their families in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan.

Click here to read Kentucky brief.
Click here to read Tennessee brief.
Click here to read Michigan brief.

Lawmakers get real about a Constitutional Convention


Stop Calling Iraq War a ‘Mistake’


Dennis Kucinich | Reader Supported News | June 17, 2014

s Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after “Mission Accomplished,” media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a “mistake.” But the “mistake” rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War’s disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation’s foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a “mistake” — it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, unvarnished fact is that we were lied to. Now is the time to have the willingness to say that.

In fact, the truth about Iraq was widely available, but it was ignored. There were no WMD. Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. The war wasn’t about liberating the Iraqi people. I said this in Congress in 2002. Millions of people who marched in America in protest of the war knew the truth, but were maligned by members of both parties for opposing the president in a time of war — and even leveled with the spurious charge of “not supporting the troops.”

I’ve written and spoken widely about this topic, so today I offer two ways we can begin to address our role:

1) President Obama must tell us the truth about Iraq and the false scenario that caused us to go to war.
When Obama took office in 2008, he announced that his administration would not investigate or prosecute the architects of the Iraq War. Essentially, he suspended public debate about the war. That may have felt good in the short term for those who wanted to move on, but when you’re talking about a war initiated through lies, bygones can’t be bygones.

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Hillary Still Doesn’t Get It on Iraq


George Zornick | The Nation | Reader Supported News | June 17, 2014

he unfortunate re-eruption of warfare in Iraq will lead to many more questions for Hillary Clinton about her past support for the war—a rather unfortunate thing from her point of view, given the issue was a key reason for her 2008 Democratic presidential primary loss.

Her answer to one such question at a forum in Toronto reveals Clinton still has serious trouble talking about the war in a language recognized by those who opposed it—and there are a great many.

According to Alex Seitz-Wald of National Journal, this is what Clinton said at an event sponsored by the Toronto Region Board of Trade:

That statement echoes some of the worst impulses of the Bush administration, which were to frame supporting the war publicly as a matter of “supporting the troops.”

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