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CNN Bans Correspondent Who Is Spouse of New WH Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre From Covering “Certain Topics”

According to Radar online CNN will be not be allowing the same-sex spouse of newly appointed White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre from covering “certain topics” connected to politics in an effort to avoid conflict of interest problems following Jean-Pierre’s new role in the Biden Administration.

Via Radar:

In a development resulting from the mounting backlash against CNN, President Joe Biden’s White House, Press Secretary Jean-Pierre and her longtime partner Suzanne Malveaux, the major news network ultimately decided to bar Malveaux from covering politics and a number of other topics as long as Jean-Pierre is serving as Biden’s press secretary. “Suzanne Malveaux will continue in her role as CNN National Correspondent covering national/international news and cultural events but will not cover politics, Capitol Hill, or the White House while Karine Jean-Pierre is serving as White House Press Secretary,” Matt Dornic, CNN’s spokesperson, recently confirmed in a statement.

Breitbart News editor-in-chief  and extreme homophobe Alex Marlow started the blowback against Malveaux, as soon as the announcement of Jean-Pierre taking over for Jen Psaki was announced. “This is one of many examples of the corporate media LITERALLY in bed with the government it covers. What is the name of the Universe where this is not a Conflict of Interest?” 

Karine Jean-Pierre once described Fox News as a “racist” network during a TV appearance in March 2020, according to a clip that resurfaced this week and in April 2020, Jean-Pierre tweeted that the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election was stolen from Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams by GOP winner Brian Kemp.

Other than Marlow’s blatant homophobia these also might also be the reason for his attack.

And of course CNN caved.

Nancy Pelosi Calls Passage Of LGBT Equality Act A 'Priority'

Nancy Pelosi Calls Passage Of LGBT Equality Act A ‘Priority’ Despite Biden Team’s Backpedaling

A few weeks ago we reported that the Biden administration backpaddled on the LGBT Equality Act and the promise Joe Biden made during his election campaign that the Equality Act would be one of the first bills that would be passed and signed into law during his first 100 days because now they fear that they don’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill with the razor thin new Democratic majority.

Regardless of the worry about Senate passage this week House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called passage of the Equality Act a “priority.” and that the House could vote on the legislation as early as March.

“I’m optimistic about it because I do think we will get strong bipartisan support in the House and in the Senate. We passed it in the last Congress. No success in the Senate. It went to Mitch McConnell’s graveyard, the ‘grim reaper,’” ” Pelosi said

Pelosi called the Equality Act “an early priority for us.” “And again, it’s about ending discrimination,” she added.

The Equality Act has faced a long and hard road since it was introduced it’s first time in Congress in 1973 by Bella Abzuz. Since then it has gone through, different incarnations: Notably as The Civil Rights Amendment of 1975 and since 1994 The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA was introduced in every Congress from the 110th. to the 115th. without passing.

Now almost 50 years later the Equality Act will be introduced once again in the hopes of it becoming law. Will this finally be the time that it passes both the House and the Senate and makes it to Joe Biden’s desk to sign?

Only (more) time will tell.

Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signatures Needed

Biden Administration Backpaddles on LGBT Equality Act Promise: It Might Take More Than 100 Days

Last October Joe Biden made a promise to the LGBT community on the campaign trail.

To help achieve our vision of equality, I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days — a priority that Donald Trump opposes. This is essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, including when it comes to housing.”

This week on a conference call with a group of unknown LGBT activists the Biden transition team is now stepping back from that promise. One of the main concerns sources from the call said is the incoming administration now fears that they don’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill with the razor thin new Democratic majority,  That coupled with Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, the confirmation of Biden’s cabinet, and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is what Biden’s transition team is blaming on the possible delay.

The transition team was quick to point out that that Biden on his first day in office Jan. 20 would direct the Defense Department to dismantle the transgender military ban and that it may take an entire year before the Pentagon is completely able to undo the ban, which Trump initiated by tweet in July 2017.

It’s noted that many of the LGBT activists were accerpting of the delay with minimal pushback. One activist did say . “The notion that our government can only focus on one thing at a time isn’t acceptable. You can’t have the agenda and policy goals that Biden does and not have the process to move faster.”

The original version of The Equality Act was introduced to Congress in 1974 by Belka Abzug and has been used as a campaign promise by Democratic Presidential hopefuls for over the past 40 years and while introduced to Congress in one form or another has always failed.

Axios is reporting that sources close to them are saying that President-elect Joe Biden is considering a ambassadorship to China for Pete Buttigieg instead of a much deserved cabinet position.

Sources Claim Pete Buttigieg Is Under Consideration for Ambassador to China Post

Axios is reporting that sources close to them are saying that President-elect Joe Biden is considering a ambassadorship to China for Pete Buttigieg instead of a much deserved cabinet position.

Axios also reports that initial conversations over leading the Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t firm up, while Buttigieg’s name is still mentioned among those under consideration for other domestic posts, including Transportation or Commerce. But its being said that finding a Cabinet post for Buttigieg has been a challenge for Biden because he has been focused on nominating women and people of color to high-level posts which is creating a concern among many that Buttigieg could be left out of the Biden administration’s starting lineup altogether.

Buttigieg was the first openly gay Democratic Presidential candidate winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses earlier this year before dropping out to consolidate moderates’ support around Biden who he campaigned for tirelessly up until the November election.

IF Buttigieg does go to China, he would be following in the footsteps of former president George HW Bush, who was appointed to the liaison office in Beijing by the Ford administration in 1974, before the two countries had established formal diplomatic ties

White House To Do Extra "Deep Cleaning" and Disinfect Before Joe Biden Arrives on Jan. 20

White House To Do Extra “Deep Cleaning” and Disinfect Before Joe Biden Arrives on Jan. 20

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Via USA Today:

In just six hours on Inauguration Day, belongings of a departing president’s family are moved out, carpets are cleaned, furniture is rearranged, fresh art is hung and the executive mansion is transformed for its new residents before they set foot inside.

But staff tasked with preparing the executive mansion for the arrival Jan. 20 of President-elect Joe Biden and his family will do so under extraordinary circumstances: the COVID-19 contagion that has already infected departing President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and multiple White House staffers.

When someone working in a school, business, library or other public building tests positive for coronavirus, the property owners or managers often respond by ordering the structure to undergo what is known as a “deep cleaning” – a process in which highly specialized contractors are brought in to eradicate the virus with botanical disinfectants.

It’s going to take them months to get all that fast food grease off of the Resolute Desk.

Axios is reporting that sources close to them are saying that President-elect Joe Biden is considering a ambassadorship to China for Pete Buttigieg instead of a much deserved cabinet position.

Joe Biden Begins Naming Members of his Cabinet. Where’s Pete?

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden will begin naming members of his Cabinet this week. But so far of all the names which have been thrown around one has been conspicuously missing. That of Pete Buttigieg who ran a historic campaign as an openly gay man and dropped out of the race to help support Biden my campaigning fiercely for him across the country and even on FOX News.

So far sources close to Biden say Anthony Blinken a longtime Biden confidant who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president will be named Secretary of State.

Jack Sullivan who served as Biden’s national security adviser during the Obama administration is rumored to be announced as Biden’s National Security Advisor.

One post that Pete himself expressed interest in is the job of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. But media outlets reported Sunday, citing Democratic sources close to Biden that Linda Thomas-Greenfield – Thomas-Greenfield a black woman who served as Obama’s top diplomat on Africa from 2013 to 2017 is the front-runner for the position.

According to the latest Reuters article Pete isn’t a top contender for any key cabinet positions.

On Saturday, Politico published a story naming front-runners for each cabinet post, based on “dozens of conversations with Biden aides, his close allies, lobbyists and Hill staff.” The article names Buttigieg as Biden’s most likely nominee for Secretary of Veteran Affairs a position established in 1988 one of the most minor cabinet position. But even this is still not a sure thing.

After all that Pete Buttigieg did for Joe Biden will he be given a minor position in his cabinet or will be left in the dust a victim of the Democratic party?

Only the next few weeks will tell.

FRC Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins: The Equality Act Will Destroy The 1st. Amendment

FRC Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Warns of “Dehumanizing Tyrannical Regime” If Biden or Warren Becomes President

Via histrionic press release from Family Research Council hate group leader Tony “Princess Tiny Meat” Perkins:

“It’s going to take some clever strategists to get liberals out of the box they’ve put themselves in for 2020. In a field of Green Deal-infanticide-open borders-socialists, Joe Biden actually seemed like a semi-moderate choice for voters. That all fell apart last Friday, when he apologized for throwing a lukewarm compliment Mike Pence’s way. Now, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is piling on, proving that she may have less civility in her blood than Native American ancestors.

When she was asked what she thought about Biden’s reversal, Warren said, “I’m sorry. I followed Pence’s history on LGBTQ Americans, and I don’t think that is a decent position. I disagree.” When it came time to distinguish between the position and the man, Warren couldn’t. What about Pence as a person? Does she believe he’s “decent,” reporters pressed? “No,” Warren replied.

Every voter needs to follow this thinking to its logical conclusion — and not just on marriage or sexuality, but on abortion too. Democrats like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren aren’t just taking an opposing view. They’re degrading the actual people who disagree with their positions. That’s exactly how repressive and tyrannical regimes start. They dehumanize their enemies so they can push them aside, persecute them, and ultimately eliminate them.”

In a nutshell. Tony Perkins who has spent his life dehumanizing people complains about dehumanizers being dehumanized.

Vice President Joe Biden Officiates At Gay Wedding

Vice President Joe Biden has officiated a gay wedding, a first for the 2nd highest ranking political official in the United States and longtime supporter of same-sex marruage.

Biden presided over the union of Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller, both longtime White House aides. The White House says the couple asked Biden to officiate.

Biden has never officiated a wedding before, so he got a special temporary certification from the District of Columbia to make it legal.

The afternoon ceremony took place Monday at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence, with immediate family attending.

“Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house,” Biden tweeted. “Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”

 

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Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.

Biden publicly backed gay marriage in 2012 in the run-up to President Barack Obama’s re-election. The announcement put pressure on Obama to declare his own support shortly after.

 

Beau Biden, Son of Vice President Joe Biden, Dies Of Brain Cancer At Age 46

Joe Biden and Beau Biden

 

Joseph “Beau” Biden III, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at age 46  after battling brain cancer, according to the vice president’s office.

“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known,” his father wrote in a statement.

In 2013, Beau Biden was treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after he became disoriented and weak while on vacation. He was diagnosed with brain cancer, and after undergoing surgery was given a clean bill of health.

The cancer returned this spring and Biden pursued aggressive treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the vice president’s office said. He died Saturday evening, surrounded by his extended family.

Beau Biden is the second of Joe Biden’s children to precede their father in death; the vice president’s 1-year-old daughter Naomi was killed in a Christmastime car accident in 1972. The crash also took the life of Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia, who was Beau’s mother.

After serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia for nine years, and briefly working in private practice, Beau Biden won his first election for attorney general in 2006 by 13,000 votes. When he was re-elected in 2010, Beau Biden increased his winning margin to 149,000 votes over his Republican competitor.

During his time in office, Biden took aggressive tactics to tamp down on child sex crimes perpetrators, netting 180 convictions. He also went after banks and mortgage lenders for their roles in perpetrating crooked loans.

A captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, Beau Biden was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2008, serving in an administrative post with the 261st Signal Brigade.

Beau Biden, like his father was dedicated to fight for  LGBT Equality.

In April 2013, Beau Biden joined Delaware Governor Jack Markell in supporting marriage equality legislation, and the governor signed it into law in May.

A month later, he urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would establish legal protections based on gender identity.

“I support providing protections from violence and discrimination based on gender identity and expression under Delaware law,” Biden said in a video released by Equality Delaware.

On Saturday, Vice President Biden said in his statement, “More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.”

President Barack Obama, writing in a statement, quoted Irish poet William Butler Yeats — a favorite of the vice president’s — in honoring Beau Biden’s life.

Yeats wrote, “I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

“Beau Biden believed the best of us all,” Obama said. “For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.”

Back2stonewall’s sincerest condolences go out to the Biden family in this their hour of loss.

The White House Stonewalls The Community Again On The LGBT Fed Contractor ENDA Executive Order

ENDAEarlier this week in an interview on Huffington Post Vice President Joe Biden said he didn’t see any downside in the President issuing an executive order  on LGBT workplace discrimination for federal contractors but said that the White House still prefers the matter be handled legislatively, by passing ENDA.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about that statement yesterday.

Here is the transcript, via the White House:

Q    The Vice President said yesterday that he doesn’t see any downside to the President taking executive action on LGBT workplace discrimination.  Does the President agree?

MR. CARNEY:  Well, I think the complete statement was that what we’re focused on — the big accomplishment, which would be passage by both houses of Congress and the signing into law by the President of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

I think it’s — points have been made, and I think in response to something I said earlier, that it’s clear that executive orders aren’t necessarily completely overlapping with what would be achieved by legislation.  I think there’s no doubt that the legislation would be a far greater accomplishment and more broadly applied.  And that is why we continue to push the House to follow the Senate’s lead and pass that, because those who oppose it, I hope — at least their children — will regret the reasons they put forward for opposing it, because they sound a lot like the reasons opponents argued against civil rights legislation in the past.  And they were wrong there.  They’re wrong now.

So I don’t have any updates on suggested or proposed executive orders.  What I can tell you is that we still call on Congress, the House, to follow the Senate’s lead and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Q    What is there a reluctance to do something on the executive order when it could complement this broader push that you guys really want?

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I just don’t engage in discussion about speculative executive orders.  When the President decides to take action using his administrative authority, some —

Q    But the Vice President speculated.  He said that he didn’t see any downside.

MR. CARNEY:  No, I think he answered a question about it, as I have repeatedly.   And I’m happy to.  I think this is an incredibly important issue, and I think it is remarkable how much progress has been made and remarkable that there is still resistance to the progress that remains to be made.  That’s certainly the President’s view.

I just don’t — I try not to engage in speculation about any executive action the President may or may not take.  What I can tell you is that there is legislation on Capitol Hill that we strongly support and would like to see passed by the House.  Thank you all very much.

At this point and time in history there is absolutely no reason for President Obama NOT to sign such an Executive Order protecting the federal contractor LGBT workforce from being discriminated against by their respective contractors until the day a fully inclusive and non-religious exempted ENDA is passed by the legislature.

And indeed there is Presidential precedent for such an executive order:

*President Roosevelt had responded to complaints about discrimination at home against African Americans by issuing Executive Order 8802 in June 1941, directing that blacks be accepted into job-training programs in defense plants, forbidding discrimination by defense contractors, and establishing a Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC)

*Executive Order 10925, signed by President John F. Kennedy on March 6, 1961, required government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.

*Executive Order 11246, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1965, established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment on the part of U.S. government contractors. It “prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

Here we have our first black President refusing to sign an Executive Order to protect the civil right and employment rights of LGBT Americans.  This is not only is it a slap to the LGBT community it flies in the face of great late Presidents who actually fought for the civil rights of the american people.

While the current version of ENDA sitting in the House of Representatives is dangerous and contains so many religious exemptions that will harm us. (Thanks to Tico Almedia and Freedom to Work ) an EO protecting LGBT federal contractor employees is the right first step until a better and stronger version of ENDA can be written.

President Obama should be ashamed of himself.