Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday expressed frustration that his wife Karen has been criticized for taking a teaching job at a school that bars LGBT faculty and students. “My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while, we’re used to the criticism,” adding that “major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”
“We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined. We celebrate it,” the vice president said on Thursday. “The freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding a public office and so we’ll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”
Obviously Mike Pence finds the the criticism of his wife’s choice of schools much more offensive than his comments on LGBT issues over the years:
Pence said gay couples signaled ‘societal collapse’:In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Pence also called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
Pence opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Pence favored the longtime military policy of not letting soldiers openly identify as gay. In 2010, Pence told CNN he did not want to see the military become “a backdrop for social experimentation.”
So lets me honest here. What is really more offensive?
The measure, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) at 12:30 a.m. as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to pass the defense bill, would require the government to give religious organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights law and the Americans Disabilities Act.
Those laws do not ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. So the legislation would effectively override the executive order President Obama issued in 2014 prohibiting federal contractors from such discrimination.
The amendment provides an exemption for “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” contracting with the government. It quickly prompted heated exchanges between Russell and committee Democrats, who said it was purposefully unclear.
The measure, approved 33-29 on a mostly party-line vote at 2 a.m., could signal that the backlash in numerous states against LGBT anti-discrimination laws is now moving to Congress.
Russell (pictured above) also proposed a bill in the 2010 in the Oklahoma State Senate that was meant to exempt the state from having to abide by the then recently passed Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act on the basis of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and owns Two Rivers Gun Factory.
The Decatur, GA based 373K Telcom company announced it would be leaving via Twitter. Its founders are outraged over the states First Amendment Defense Act, which has nothing to do with the First Amendment and extends legal cover state-wide to individuals and corporations to discriminate against LGBT people and same-sex couples.
373K Client Relations Manager Brian Greene said the company no longer feels comfortable paying taxes in Georgia.
“I’m gay, our CFO is gay, we have people from every walk of life working here,” co-founder Kelvin Williams told NCRM on Saturday. “I’ve got Muslims, Buddhists, atheists here. We’ve got great Christians working for us. They’ve never thought of not serving anyone – that’s not the message of Christ.”
“We don’t tolerate that crap,” he added definitively.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has come out swinging after yet another brief opposing efforts to halt marriages of gay and lesbian couples in California has been filed , The lawsuits which are nothing more than last ditch efforts by anti-gay bigots in Californiawas filed a San Diego Clerk named Ernest J. Dronenburg who does not want to marry same-sex couples.
On Friday, Dronenberg filed two requests with the California Supreme Court, similar to complaints filed by the Prop. 8 Proponents the week before. One seeks to immediately stop marriages in California, the other seeks to limit the scope of the federal court decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional.
Attorney General Harris’s office says the California Supreme Court should deny the request “because [the] petitioner [County Clerk Dronenberg] has no likelihood of success on the merits.”
On Friday, the San Diego County Clerk filed two requests with the California Supreme Court, similar to complaints filed by the Prop. 8 Proponents the week before. One seeks to immediately stop marriages in California, the other seeks to limit the scope of the historic federal court decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional.
“The filing offers no new arguments that could deny same-sex couples their constitutionally protected civil rights. The federal injunction is still in effect, and it requires all 58 counties to perform same-sex marriages. No exceptions.”
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is also distancing themselves from Dronenberg’s lawsuit .
Board Supervisor Greg Cox, released the following statement:
“The County Clerk has acted independently on this matter. No one else from the County was consulted or had any part of this court action, including the Board of Supervisors. The County’s position is and always has been that we, the County, will follow applicable law with regards to same sex marriage.”
A Sixth Circuit appellate court has thrown out a lawsuit in which a group of anti-LGBT pastors claimed the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act violated their civil liberties.
The group headed by Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan, and pastors Levon Yuille, René B. Ouellette and James Combs who were represented by the ultra conservative Thomas More Legal Center had argued the law would lead to their criminal prosecution for expressing anti-gay religious beliefs, in violation of the First Amendment.