Rick Santorum: “If Bruce Jenner Says He’s a Woman, Then He’s a Woman”

Rick Santorum on Bruce Jenner

Rick Santorum: “If Bruce Jenner Says He’s a Woman, Then He’s a Woman”

Rick Santorum “loves and accepts” Bruce Jenner’s coming out as a woman.

The right wing will say whatever it takes to score political points. Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says if Bruce Jenner says “he’s a woman, then he’s a woman.” I guess that softening of his heart came after Jenner revealed last Friday that he’s a proud Republican.

Santorum told reporters at the South Carolina Republican Party convention on Saturday:  “My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are,” Buzzfeed reports.

Santorum added, “I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior.” “But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society and I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody.”

Um, so does that mean he’s okay with gay marriage? Seems to me he’s saying we have to respect their right to want to marry the person they love. You will recall, Rick Santorum was deadset against gay marriage or any other LGBT issues in the last presidential election cycle.

Gee, I wonder how Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham feel about Rick Santorum’s sudden evolution on LGBT issues?

UPDATED 05/03/15 — Wow, that was fast…Rick Santorum is sorta walking back his Bruce Jenner comments in a Facebook post:

“Many of you may have read a story published by the website BuzzFeed where I was asked for my thoughts regarding Bruce Jenner. My comment affirmed Jenner as a person, made by God in His likeness as we all are. It was meant to express empathy not a change in public policy.”

Mike Huckabee: Supreme Court Can’t Overrule God on Gay Marriage

SCOTUS gay marriage

Mike Huckabee: Supreme Court Can’t Overrule God on Gay Marriage

Mike Huckabee on gay marriage

Right wing evangelical Mike Huckabee says “I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It can’t overrule God,” on the pending ruling on same-sex marriage cases.

Wonk Wire reports more religious Americans support same-sex marriage than oppose it, but that fact is lost on the right wing evangelical leaders who are threatening all kinds of crazy actions if the Supreme Court rules against them.

What’s amazing to me is that the presidential candidates who are so opposed to gay marriage are depending on a narrow sliver of the electorate to help them win the nomination. That’s not going to happen. They are preaching to the choir. The demographics aren’t in their favor. In other words, right wing evangelicals can’t help Mike Huckabee or Ted Cruz win the presidential election.

Religious Right Wants Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Elena Kagan Recusals for Gay Marriage Case

scotus gay marriage

Religious Right Wants Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Elena Kagan Recusals for Gay Marriage Case

SCOTUS hears same-sex marriage case

The religious right continues to rear its nervy head. This time, they want liberal SCOTUS justices, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, to recuse themselves from the same-sex marriage case.

Here’s more from Politicususa:  “One of the pre-eminent religious arbiters of all things relating to the Supreme law of the land, president of Abiding Truth Ministries Scott Lively, has unilaterally disqualified Justices Kagan and Ginsburg from hearing or ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges because he decided “they have committed an unparalleled breach of judicial ethics by elevating the importance of their own favored political cause of gay rights above the integrity of the court and of our nation.” As a typical religious hypocrite, Lively does not hold the conservatives on the High Court who attend churches preaching against homosexuality, or have been inordinately vocal in their opposition to gay rights to the same standards because something about god, bible, and traditional marriage. None of which have any relevance or impact whatsoever on the 14th Amendment or any part of the U.S. Constitution.”

You know, the same wingnuts screaming blasphemy on gay marriage, most likely didn’t want interracial marriages or civil rights for blacks either.

Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views (Photo Credit: Facebook via In Touch Ministries)

Pastor Charles Stanley slammed for anti-gay views

Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley was slammed for his anti-gay views and has declined an award for his support of Israel.

Stanley, whose son Andy Stanley leads megachurch North Point Community Church, was set to accept an award from the Jewish National Fund on Thursday, April 23.

JNJ spokesman Adam Brill said, “Dr. Stanley feels that he did not want to see any further controversy and I think it’s a laudable and heartfelt decision, and we totally support and embrace it.”

Charles Stanley had recently submitted a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against legalizing same-sex marriage.

Stanley “has publicly called AIDS God’s punishment for America’s acceptance of homosexuality, according to a letter signed by 240 people to JNF Southeast region leaders. He also called homosexuality a “destructive behavior.”

The letter continues, “He has said that ‘God does not agree with the lifestyle of the homosexual’ and that accepting gay people is ‘an act of disobedience to God.'”

I wonder how Andy Stanley feels about his dad’s views? Just last week he said that church should be the safest place on the planet for gay youth.

Anti-Gay Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Son Arrested for Drug Possession

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's Son Arrested for Drug Possession

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Son Arrested for Drug Possession (Photo Credit: Troy Police Department)

Caleb Moore, the son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, was arrested for drug possession on Sunday in Troy. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

According to court documents, Caleb Moore, 24, was arrested after officers responded to the 1200 block of Allen Street on an attempted home break-in call. He was with four other men. Officers found a bag of marijuana, several Xanax pills in the glove compartment of the truck.

Caleb Moore was released on $8500 bond and his first court appearance is set for April 7.

Caleb Moore railed in a Facebook post about the charges that his critics were out to destroy his father. He also blamed the media and the police for his actions:

“This is nothing more than a prime example of how media and crooked police officers and critics of my dad try to not only destroy his career for what he stands for but will go as far as trying to destroy his family,” he wrote. “I am not a drug user as the drug test taken today will show. As for the malicious possession charges, justice will be served.”

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay (VIDEO)

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

Dr. Ben Carson said he believes being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.” He added, “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself the question.” What an incredibly ludicrous thing to say. Um, I guess he’s oblivious to the culture of rape in prisons around the world.

Carson made this disturbing comment during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo, who asked whether he thought being gay was a choice. To which he said, “absolutely.”

Um, so how do you explain those gay people who didn’t find themselves behind bars? Ben Carson is a fool. For someone who made such an enormous contribution to the field of medicine, I am appalled, to say the least. Thankfully, Carson isn’t a serious presidential candidate and will drop out of the race quickly. He’s just pandering to the worst elements of the Republican Party.

UPDATE:  Dr. Ben Carson has issued an apology saying he “realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.” He added, “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore doubled down on his position banning gay marriage saying no lower court has the right to define marriage during a contentious interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN. He said he “dissented” from the federal court’s ruling because it was “exactly like” Supreme Court rulings in Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson that upheld slavery and segregation. Moore said both decisions were wrong and should not have been followed by the states. So, he’s giving himself supreme powers to do as he pleases based on his views of the definition of marriage.

He is framing his disagreement with gay marriage on the grounds that these two decisions were wrong — blacks were property. Typical spin by white right wing evangelicals. Cuomo hit hard when he told Moore, “Our laws do not come from God, and you know that.” Same sex marriage licenses were issued in some counties in Alabama, while 50 judges followed Moore’s advice. Kinda like the mess that unfolded when Wallace balked at desegregation efforts in the 1960s.

Roy Moore dredging up the Dred Scott decision is a favorite ploy of same sex marriage opponents. During the CNN interview, he demanded to know if Cuomo would have ruled in accordance with the Dred Scott decision had he been a justice during that time. Cuomo slapped back, saying Moore was only trying to skirt his obligations by pushing them on others by dissenting. Justices were allowed to dissent on a decision they did not agree with.

Moore said gay marriage is an alteration of the word marriage and that no court has the right to alter the Constitution under the 10th Amendment. He said every person in the U.S. has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. This reminds me of the dust-up he caused when he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Roy Moore said God gave us the definition of our rights for many centuries until recently, when gay marriage entered the fray. He said the question of the definition of marriage will be taken up by the Supreme Court in June.

The battle between Chris Cuomo and Roy Moore went on for 30 minutes before it ended with CNN losing its satellite connection with the chief judge. What Justice Moore has done was to ignore the court’s ruling based on his values. Um, wrong. But this is nothing new. He has a history of forcing his values on the rest of his state.

By the way, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes American are ready for gay marriage. She said, “The changes in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous. In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us,” Bloomberg reports. Good, that should send Roy Moore on another 30 minute rant.

Watch sparks fly during Justice Roy Moore’s CNN interview:

Mike Huckabee: Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking

Mike Huckabee:  Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking

Mike Huckabee: Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Self-righteous Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says being gay is part of a lifestyle, like drinking and swearing, CNN reports. Um, we know who won’t be the GOP presidential nominee for the 2016 elections.

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Huckabee said expecting Christians to accept same sex marriage is “like asking someone who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”

On the issue of being gay a lifestyle choice, Mike Huckabee said, “People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it’s not my cup of tea.”

So much for the party of inclusiveness. Mike Huckabee has insulted yet another important group of voters, in additions to black, Hispanic and young voters. No word yet from RNC chief Reince Priebus on Huckabee’s comments.

Just to put this all in context, Mike Huckabee also blamed the Newtown school shooting massacre on taking God out of schools.

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox's Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

Every now and then, someone of Fox News makes sense. Shepard Smith compared the states resisting same sex marriage in the U.S. to those states who wanted to keep segregation in tact in the U.S. during the Civil Rights Movement. This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage in four different states — Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Smith said, “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well.”

“Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are the places where this is going to turn out to be the most difficult, especially if the Supreme Court stays with what has seemed to be a trend toward inclusion and away from discrimination.”

He addressed Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey’s comment that “there’s still disagreement on this issue within the American population, saying, “There’s still disagreement on segregation.”

MA Governor’s Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

MA Governor's Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

MA Governor’s Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that his daughter, Katherine Patrick, is engaged to marry her partner Alisha Marie Lemieux, of New Bedford.

Here’s the statement from Gov. Deval Patrick’s office:

The Governor and Mrs. Patrick joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Wintersmith Patrick to Alisha Marie Lemieux of New Bedford.  Ms. Patrick is a graduate of Smith College and is studying for her doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.  Ms. Lemieux is studying for her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Mills College in Oakland, California.  The couple reside in the Bay Area.

[Photo Credit: Office of Gov. Deval Patrick]