LGBT Candidate Winners in Mid-Terms

Let’s celebrate this return to the Cafe with a highlight of the LGBT winners in this mid-term election cycle.

At the National level:

Colorado has it’s first openly gay governor in Jared Polis.
Kansas elected it’s first Lesbian and Native American to congress in Sharice Davids.
New Hampshire has it’s first gay member of Congress in Chris Pappas.
Another Lesbian was elected to Congress representing Minnesota, Angie Craig.

At the state level:

New Hampshire has a pair of transgender women elected to its House of Representatives – Gerri Canon and Lisa Bunker
Kansas also has Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard added to its state legislature.
Malcolm Kenyatta is the first black gay man elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature.
Teri Johnston is Key West, FL’s first lesbian mayor.

And finally, though he is not gay himself, Zach Wahls – who you may recall defended his two moms in 2011 to the Iowa House of Representatives now represents Iowa Senate District 37.

We also saw Massachusettes vote to protect transgender rights.

So not only did the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, both LGBT candidates as well as women in general, won BIG across the country.

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Tea Party Republican Explains Why He Made Up Gay Sex Story About Himself

This is just… beyond words. You’re having an affair (both of you are married) and you pretend to be gay to cover it up? How fucked up is your brain?? Never mind. Don’t answer that. You’re a Tea Bagger. ’nuff said.

A Michigan congressman is claiming that he was blackmailed in a “clandestine operation to control public officials” after local media revealed his attempt to conceal an affair with another lawmaker last week.

The Detroit News reported on Friday that state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, both tea party-backed Republicans, were having an affair, and were making a bizarre attempt to cover it up.

Both lawmakers, who are each married with children, are now being investigated for violating House rules and misusing state resources.

On May 19, Courser allegedly instructed his former aide, Ben Graham, to email other Republicans with an anonymous accusation that Courser was paying for sex with a man behind a nightclub. The congressman indicated that he hoped the false story would minimize the blowback if news of his affair later spread. Graham, who secretly recorded his conversation with Courser, refused to send the email.

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SC Wants to Discriminate Against Women and Gays

This is truly unbelievable. As far as I’m concerned South Carolina can get booted out of the union. Nothing but trash there.

One key problem with originalism—the theory that the Constitution should be interpreted as its drafters understood it—is that the men who wrote our constitution had some pretty barbaric views about humanity. The author of the Bill of Rights, James Madison, owned hundreds of slaves. The same Congress that passed the 14th Amendment segregated schools and opposed women’s suffrage. Under originalist theory, almost every landmark equality case, including Brown v. Board of Education, is almost certainly wrong. Few originalists, however, have the courage to admit that their theory would lead to an appallingly unequal and unjust America.

South Carolina, it turns out, is the glittering exception to this cowardice. In a jaw-dropping amicus brief recently filed with the Supreme Court, the state’s attorney general argues for a truly originalist understanding of the 14th Amendment, insisting that the Constitution permits discrimination not just against gays, but also against women. This argument is as morally abhorrent as it is historically accurate. And South Carolina deserves some credit for having the chutzpah to raise it.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Action

Politics is the only career in the whole entire country where experience and longevity is a bad thing. All of these latest idiotic things coming from the party of the elephant are all from the brilliant minds of the newbs. Including the crap with the letter from Congress to an enemy government. They will destroy our country, no doubt about it.

Texas is pushing a proposed law that would let the state overrule the Supreme Court. There’s just one problem: they can’t actually do that. Alabama judges have decided that they don’t have to obey federal courts either, except that in reality, they do. And Oklahoma politician wants to switch from marriage licenses to marriage certificates, which would accomplish … not very much.

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Lobbyist “Projects” Dozens Of Members Of Congress Will Back Bill To Ban Gays From NFL

How is it that this idiot thinks he can get the government to tell a company who they can and cannot hire? It’s none of his business.

I think this commenter said it best: “”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man.”

But playing with dog fighters, wife beaters and convicted felons is totally cool with him.”

WASHINGTON — The Washington lobbyist who announced Monday that he wants to put forward legislation banning gay people from playing in the National Football League told a reporter that the proposal is just about “common decency and civility.”

Told by WJLA-ABC 7’s Mike Conneen that some were suggesting the proposal is a stunt, Jack Burkman insisted, “No, hardly a stunt.”

Prompted by NFL hopeful Michael Sam’s coming out, the conservative Burkman described his proposed legislation, saying, “If someone has come out as a homosexual, what this legislation would do is one of two things: It would ban them from the National Football League. Two, it would give the NFL a choice: It would allow them to create separate facilities, completely separate facilities.”

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Holder’s same-sex marriage move heats up separation of powers debate

If we are allowed to marry, then we should have all the same rights.

Attorney Eric Holder is making sweeping changes about how the federal government extends rights to legally married same-sex couples, in areas where the Justice Department has jurisdiction. The move should add more fuel to the debate over the roles of the executive, Congress and the states in deciding social issues.

The official policy statement will come from Holder on Monday, but news of it leaked out on Saturday before Holder made a public speech in Manhattan on Saturday night.

Holder, in the latest series of steps promised by the Obama administration, will issue a Justice Department policy memo. The directive will say that same-sex couples, who are legally married under the laws of a state that recognizes such unions, should receive equal benefits and treatment in areas like federal lawsuits and the U.S. court system, as well as in federal prisons.

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Obama turns blogger to make pitch for gay rights bill

This is the link to President Obama’s blog post: Congress Needs to Pass ENDA

President Obama turned blogger on Sunday night, making an impassioned plea in the Huffington Post for Congress to pass a long-delayed measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The bill, called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, is set for a Senate vote on Monday, and proponents are upbeat about its prospects for passage.

Obama writes that while Americans can’t lose their jobs because of race, religion, gender, or disability, “in many states a person can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”

The president continues: “It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.”

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U.S. to Provide Veterans Benefits to Gay Married Couples

I know this has been long awaited and hard fought for. It is no less than any of our Sisters and Brothers whose partner/spouse is in the military fighting for our country. If lesbians and gays and transgendered individuals want to sacrifice their lives for ALL of us, then they and their families should receive the same benefits as ALL soldiers.

The Obama administration will provide veterans benefits to many married same-sex couples, another step by the federal government toward treating gay couples in the same way as their heterosexual counterparts after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The move, announced Wednesday in a letter to Congress by Attorney General Eric Holder, tackles one of the thorny legal issues resulting from the high court’s decision in June to strike down parts of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

However, Wednesday’s move extends veterans benefits only to married gay couples living in states that recognize such unions, officials said. Couples in other states won’t be eligible yet.

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ENDA 2013 and Transgender People

I will admit freely that I do not understand the whole transgender thing. And the very limited exposure I’ve had turned me off in a huge way because they were M-to-F and just automatically assumed I wanted a relationship when I wasn’t, even though I was single. That being said, though, I do believe they deserve the same rights and protections as the gay/lesbian community.

This is an infographic I pulled from the Huffington Post website. At the bottom I will provide the link to the accompanying story.

 

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