Politics

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LCR questions GOP's defense of DOMA

(Editor's note: House Republicans decided this week to incorporate ongoing counsel to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into the new Congressional Rules. To date, the House Republicans had spend about $2 million in taxpayer money to defend DOMA in court. The Justice Department and the Obama Administration believes DOMA is unconstitutional and refused to defend the law in court. Ten courts have ruled that parts of DOMA are unconstitutional, and one case has now reached the U.S. Supreme Court for review in March.)

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COMMENTARY: The homophobe on the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has become a class clown, lacking much wisdom or overwhelming intellect or the ability to overcome his own bias and bigotry.

Oh, Scalia fancies himself one of the brightest minds in the land and he uses – and misuses – his bloody pulpit to advance his personal and political agenda. This is conduct unbecoming of any justice serving on the highest court of the land.

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COMMENTARY: The Supreme Court, Prop 8, DOMA and the gun-toting "Christians"

My partner Susan asked me this morning what I thought about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. I just shrugged and said: “I’ll wait until they rule.”

For me to even say anything about what I believe will happen would just be pure speculation. Who even knows what lies in the minds of these Supreme Court justices? It is, after all, the Supreme Court and we all know that in some cases they aren’t doling out any sort of justice.

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COMMENTARY: Myths about homosexuality fuel Uganda's "Kill The Gays" bill

This week, as we are waiting for the Ugandan parliament to debate whether or not homosexuality should be punishable by death (or at the very least life in jail) it might be helpful to review whatever could make anyone reach such a murderous conclusion.

COMMENTARY: Maneuvering for newly vacated District 4 council seat

Just when people thought the election cycle was over, the San Diego City Council majority we worked so hard to attain will be put on hold as current Council President Tony Young has decided to step down to take a post as the CEO of the local Red Cross.

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COMMENTARY: Obama and Romney do lunch!

Recently re-elected President Barack Obama and failed GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney had lunch last Thursday, and what fun it is to imagine their conversation. Perhaps it went something like this. …

COMMENTARY: What is DOMA and why is it bad?

DOMA is the shortened name for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is a federal law that was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996, in response to the marriage equality litigation in Hawaii in which Lambda Legal was co-counsel. Some members of Congress were worried that, if same-sex couples won the right to marry in Hawaii, the federal government and other states might have to start honoring those marriages. They passed DOMA in an effort to prevent that.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT: Do something about Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Dear President Obama,

I am writing on behalf of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and its more than one hundred thousand supporters in the United States to urge you to use the persuasive powers of your office to demand that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, oppose the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This is an urgent matter, as the bill may come up for a vote in Uganda’s parliament in the coming days.

OC Register: Carl DeMaio opines on building a "new" Republican Party in California

If you do not learn from your mistakes, you are destined to repeat them.

In the wake of last week's staggering electoral losses, the California Republican Party must admit it did not merely have a bad election cycle, but it faces a major crisis years in the making – and more severe than the one confronting the national Republican Party.

Fortunately, with every crisis comes opportunity.

Indeed, there is a huge opportunity to evolve into a "New" California Republican Party that can offer hope not only to our troubled state, but to the nation as well.