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Chelsea Manning Files Maryland US Senate Bid

 

Via: The Washington Post 

Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.

Manning, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, would be challenging Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November. Cardin is Maryland’s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term.

Manning, 30, who is formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Last year, then President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to time served and she was released from a military prison in Kansas.

 

Manning’s filing was received January 11, according to Federal Election Commission records. 

Donald Trump slammed Manning’s release statement on Twitter and described her as an “ungrateful TRAITOR” who “never should have been released from prison.”

Meet MD Governor Martin O’Malley, The Democrat DILF Who Might Run For President In 2016

Mark O'Malley stud

Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley hoped to turn heads in New Hampshire this weekend a midst  early speculation of an attempt at e 2016 presidential run against a certain someone who should have been the Democratic nominee for President in 2008.  (TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF MARTIN  YOU DILF!!  That will do it!)

The 50 year old and stunningly fit O’Malley focused his attention on public safety, and by implementing crime response reform, violent crimes in Baltimore were reduced by nearly 40%. As Governor, in 2011 he signed a law that would make certain undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition on condition; and in 2012, he signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

O’Malley appeared in the film Ladder 49 as himself. The History Channel‘s documentary First Invasion: The War of 1812 featured O’Malley in a segment regarding the British attack on Baltimore in 1814. He’s also a musician and was active in several bands and as a solo act in the Washington and Baltimore areas starting in the early 80s.  Today besides being a kickass progressive Governor, Mark O’Malley moonlights as the vocalist/guitarist/songwriter of Celtic rock band “O’Malley’s March” and plays gigs around the Baltimore/DC area.

WOOF the VOTE for Mark O’Malley !

 

Martin O'Malley Shritless

 

Hey Baltimore! – Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Maryland Courthouses Over Gay Marriage

Calling all Marylanders who are sick and tired of the Westboro Baptist Church loons

Tomorrow January 2nd, the WBC will descend on 2 Baltimore area courthouses to picket same-sex marriage in Maryland.

They’ll be at The Circuit Court for Anne Arndel County, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD  8:00am – 9:00am and then at the Baltimore County Circuit Court,  401 Bosley Ave  Towson, MD from 10:00 am – 10:45am. (I wonder if Bishop Harry Jackson will with them?)

Make sure you give them a warm Maryland welcome.

May I suggust the pelting of them with imitation crab meat?  The real stuff is too good for them.

 

WBC Sched-vertClick image to embiggen

Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In Maryland! – A Toast To The Brides and Brides and Grooms and Grooms

Maryland  Gay Marriage

Maryland is now the ninth state where gay marriage is now official, and it’s the first state (barely) below the Mason-Dixon line for it to happen. (9 down – 41 to go!)

James Scales and William Tasker were the first couple married at City Hall in Baltimore today, and the ceremony was presided over by none other than Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

There is no human institution more sacred than that of the one that you are about to form,” the mayor said. “True marriage, true marriage, is the dearest of all earthly relationships.”

Congrats to those newly married. 

A toast to the  brides and brides and the grooms and grooms:

May today be the beginning of a wonderful new and long-lasting chapter in their lives, and may they always love, honor and cherish  each other, just as they do today.

 

Bigoted Maryland Trolley Company Ends ALL Marriage Rides So It Doesn’t Have To Cater To The Gays

Discover Annapolis Trolley

The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland trolley ompany Discover Annapolis will no longer give “Just Married “ trolley rides and tours because in November same-sex couples can be married.

Owner Matt Grubbs  wrote to a potential client, a straight man, Chris Belkot, that his company is Christian and therefore won’t participate in Maryland’s inclusive laws

“We’re a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages,” Grubbs wrote. “And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation.”

Grubbs then had the nerve to urge Belkot write to his representatives to “request they amend the new marriage law to allow an exemption for religious conviction for the layperson in the pews.” while describing marriage equality as “repressive bigoty“and went on stating that “The law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings, and the Knights of Columbus don’t have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions don’t count for anything.”

Belkins response to Grubbs:  “It is your right to run your business any way you see fit,
but let’s be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God’s work.”

Discover Annapolis is listed on the Maryland Department of Tourism website.  Perhaps they should know that they are promoting an anti-gay bigot.

Maryland Office of Tourism
401 East Pratt Street
14th floor Baltimore, Maryland
21202

1-866-639-3526 or 1-866-MDWelcome

Tell them Back2Stonewall.com sent you.

Maine, Maryland, and Washington State To Have Economic Windwalls For Passing Gay Marriage Laws

The Associated Press is reporting that Maine, Maryland, and Washington state are all about to have huge economic windfalls and major booms in travel and in the hospitality business due to passing pro-same sex marriage laws.

Add the coast of Maine, the banks of the Chesapeake Bay and the shores of Lake Washington to gay wedding destinations. Next month and in January, laws go into effect in Maine, Maryland and Washington that allow same-sex marriage. They’re the first states where voters approved such laws, rather than legislators or courts. Nearly 18,000 same-sex couples in those states will exchange vows in the first three years after the new laws are in effect, estimated The Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, and the laws should generate at least $166 million in wedding spending in the three states over the next three years from in-state couples alone, boosting tax revenues and creating new jobs. Wedding-related spending for in-state couples is projected be about $16 million in Maine, $63 million in Maryland and $89 million in Washington. The numbers go up when figuring in out-of-staters who travel to those states to be wed

And here I am in economically depressed and dying CinciNASTY, Ohio.

Maybe one days these rubes will learn a lesson.

A vote for marriage equality is a vote for a more fabulous economy!

Do We Change The World Or Let The World Change Us?

 

I am beyond myself today. Smiling from ear to ear. Extra peppy and exuberant to almost annoyingly chipper. And ever so often a tear falls from my eyes from the simple sweet victory that we as a country experienced yesterday. Not only in re-electing President Obama, but also the result of having Tammy Baldwin being the first LGBT senator in our nation’s Congressional Congress. AND three, THREE states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) passed laws allowing same sex marriage along with Minnesota slamming down a measure that would outlaw equality.

It’s an amazing victory for the LGBT community and for our great nation. Though due to my never-ceasing inner monologue thoughts about the future begin to seep in and I ponder. See, I’m a relentless worrier. Not for our victories in the past 24 hours but where we as a country go from here. There’s still a lot of hate and vitriol for the LGBT community and it remains to be seen on whether that is from a vicious bigoted filled campaign by the extremist GOP or if there’s just still an unimaginable amount of anti-gay rhetoric. I sincerely hope it’s attributed to the former rather than the latter. But there’s some hope even in this (there’s always hope).

I read the tweets by Meghan McCain, daughter of the 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain, issued a series of tweets over the past few days that spoke of her disappointment in her party. Even though she is a republican, she knows that marriage is a right and should we as a nation should treat everyone with respect. And though as a Democrat I vehemently disagree with many of her party’s stances on how we should run our country, I respect that so much that she stands up against her own party for equality in these series of tweets:

Also very happy to hear marriage equality passing in Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

I don’t need to do any soul searching about what the GOP is doing wrong, I knew what was wrong four years ago when my father lost.#evolve

It may not seem like much to some,  but it is a start or could be a start. Where potential leaders like Meghan see that equality comes first. This is what all political parties should aspire to constituents and of themselves. Regardless, I will continue to show respect my republican friends. But I won’t lie and say it has been easy for our relationship. This campaign has been rough on just about everyone and friendships have been strained, sadly resulting in some friendships being irrevocably severed. We are all still hurt by those we love that supported candidates that not only did not support us, but treated us horribly. Treated us as less than equal, treated us like we were less than human.

And we have every right to be angry. Hurt. But we have to ask ourselves, not today but at some point very soon, how we change the world and not let the world change us. That even though we as the LGBT community will never accept anything other than full equality in our country, we can do more to promote understanding. We can still show kindness to those that have been cruel. We can promote forgiveness when we’ve been seen as unforgivable. That we can love to those that hate.

Yes, it’s my hippie nature in full affect, but throughout my life I have realized that there is not one simple answer to any worthwhile question. That any real solution that comes from great challenges is met with cooperation. We as a community, regardless of political affiliation, have always been that way. Accepting our differences and finding our common goals. I hope we never lose sight of that. Because we can always grow and learn. And love.

I’ve never been a sore winner or loser. I will not rub our victory in the faces of our adversaries nor will I say what they did wrong. But what I have and will continue to do is listen. Listen to different open minded suggestions/perceptions/assertions on where we are and how we can make this world better in achieving true equality. Our world is changing. We’ve got a long way to go but yesterday was the beginning of change, change that we can all believe in.

NOM’s Brian Brown Has Tantrum Over Gay Marriage Acceptance: “The Polling Wrong! It’s Impossible!”

“If [polls claim that] the country supports same-sex marriage, and you’ve got the red  states and the blue states evening each other out, and we’re still  winning in the deep blue states, there’s something wrong with the  polling saying that we nationally support same-sex marriage. It’s just statistically impossible. This makes clear that the people of this country know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and all of this talk about somehow the country turning is absolutely false, and that protecting marriage is a winning issue. If we lose one, that would still be the same. It becomes harder if it’s two, three or four, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.” – National Organization hate group leader Brian Brown,

This is what the death throes of homophobia and bigotry sounds like.

Anti-Gay Pastor States Gay Activists And Allies ‘Worthy Of Death’ At MD Town Hall Meeting – VIDEO

During a recent town hall meeting in Maryland’s held by the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance over Question 6, that  could legalize marriage equality there, Rev. Robert Anderson said to those present that  “Those who  practice such things [homosexuality] are worthy of death”.

Anderson went on to say:  “If we don’t vote against it,  then we are approving these things that are worthy of death,” he said.

NBC4 Washington asked Anderson about his hateful words to which he replied:  “That’s not my words, that’s from Romans Chapter 1 written by the  Apostle Paul himself. Gay allies are “worthy of death in that they are  promoting the lifestyle and they are promoting what same-sex marriage is all  about, and that is what we’re standing against”.

Ah yes, the age-old “I didn’t say it, the Bible does” excuse. Some so-called “Christians” are so  utterly despicable it’s almost impossible to put into words.

But I’ll try.

Hateful fucking bigoted lunatic religious extremist bastard.

Video – Maryland High School Student Suspended For Cross Dressing

Warren Evans is an unique indivdual

And like many unique individuals who don’t conform,  Warren is being punished for uniqeness by being suspended from Calvert High School, in southern Maryland for cross-dressing.

Warren insists he didn’t violate his school’s dress code — the code only dictates what length a student’s skirt must be, but says nothing about a skirt wearer’s gender.

Warren states that the school is discriminating against him and does not believe he violated any dress code.  It didn’t say anywhere in the code of conduct or dress code that says boys can’t dress like girls,” Evans commented.

And some students and parents agree.  Including Warren’s father who told reporters that, “Some people just aren’t tolerant of that type of thing”.

Calvert High School refuses to comment

YOU GO WARREN!  Don’t ever let anyone define who you are. Only you can define yourself.

Oh and Warren. Please don’t run in heels anymore, it is bad for your joints and dangerous.