Category Archives: gay marriage

Wedding Cake Civil Rights

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The Supreme Court heard a case this week about a baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake.

The Baker, Jack Phillips, says he doesn’t have anything against gay people and would be happy to sell the couple a ready made cake. But by making a special cake he would be participating in the ceremony and that would  violate his religious believes.

The Court seems divided.

No Statue of Limitation in Identity Politics


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Tear ’em all down.

Mark Lilla is a liberal history professor at Columbia. He blames identity politics for Democrats’ failure to win elections. The professor thinks the left focuses too much on what keeps us apart rather than on what brings us together. He says his conservative students make arguments based on ideas and principles. But his liberal students make their arguments based on identity.

Here’s a link to his latest book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.  And here are a couple of reviews from The Guardian.

 

 

 

Everything but Islamists

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President Obama blamed the Orlando shootings on hate and guns but not Islamists. He seemed to say we brought it on ourselves. At least he didn’t blame it on a movie.

“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

The killer worked as a security guard, had firearms training, and passed strict background checks.

Newt Gingrich took the opportunity to kick dirt on the shoes of Washington elites.

“They don’t want to tell us the truth about the world, they don’t want to tell us the truth about trade deals, they don’t want to tell us the truth about who is getting payoffs in Washington, and they don’t want to tell us the truth about Islamic terrorism.”

Bathroom Battle

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Title IX used to mean women get as many athletic scholarships as men. Politico reports the Obama administration wants to expand the meaning of Title IX to allow males who identify as female to use the women’s facilities in schools that receive federal funds.

Ed Whalen in National Review calls this a legal absurdity. He says, using the administration’s reasoning, “An athlete who is biologically male in all respects must be allowed to compete for a position on a women’s sports team if he identifies himself as female.”

The Justice Department considers LGBT bathroom rights a civil rights issue. Loretta Lynch called the North Carolina bathroom law Jim Crow legislation and sued.  North Carolina responded by suing the Feds.  David French says, “The executive branch has gone rogue by amending federal law through unconstitutional action.”

On the other hand, CNN has a picture of a transgendered person who sure looks like he belongs in the men’s room.

 

Gay Marriage Bigotry

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Everybody knows President Obama was against same sex marriage until he was for it. He said he evolved on the issue. Justice Kennedy and four other members of the Supreme Court also evolved this week. Now that it’s a civil right, opposition to gay marriage could be considered bigotry.