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!! OMG, Yay: Proposition 8 overturned (again) !!

Well lookee! Prop 8’s been overturned– again! U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker rained on Carrie Prejean’s wedding day with his ruling today that the infamous California law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Judge Walker writes in his decision:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples.
Don’t get too excited though– the ruling has already been appealed and probably won’t be truly decided until it makes it to the SCOTUS, where the likes of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas will get the opportunity to put their two Republican cents in.
[Via New York Magazine]

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!! OMG Boycott: Target Supports Right-Wing Lunatic !!

In addition to having a truly terrible haircut, Minnesota Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is also a teabagging lunatic: he opposes same-sex marriage, authored a bill claiming Minnesotans have “no constitutional right to abortion” and– here’s the real crazy part– favors a constitutional amendment declaring Minnesotans “sovereign individuals” who will only follow federal laws if they damn well please. In other words, secession! (Kinda.)
Obviously, Sarah Palin <3s him.
None of this is too surprising; basically every election currently running in the US features this kind of anti-gay, anti-woman candidate who’s just one step away from calling for civil war.
What is a surprise, however, is the fact that Target– a constant fixture at the gay pride parade!– has donated $150k (k stands for thousand!) to a PAC called Minnesota Forward, which funds Emmer’s campaign. People are mad about this, including the nice granny in the video below:

Target has responded to protests with the following mealy-mouthed letter:

Target has long believed that engaging in civic activities is an important and necessary element of operating a national retail business. What’s more important than any one candidate’s stance on a particular issue is how we nurture thoughtful, long-term growth in the state of Minnesota.

Our support of causes and candidates is based strictly on issues that affect our retail and business objectives. To continue to grow and create jobs and opportunity in our home state, we believe it is imperative to be engaged in public policy and the political process. That is why we are members of organizations like the Minnesota Business Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and many others. And that is why we decided to contribute to MN Forward.

MN Forward’s objective is to elect candidates from both parties who will make job creation and economic growth a top priority. We operate best when working collaboratively with legislators on both sides of the aisle. In fact, if you look at our Federal PAC contributions year to date, you will see that they are very balanced between Republicans and Democrats. For more information please visit www.target.com/company, and view the Civic Activity page.

Target has a large stake in Minnesota’s future, which is why it is so important to be able to provide jobs, serve guests, support communities and deliver on our commitment to shareholders. As an international business that is proud to call Minnesota home, it is critical that we have a business environment that allows us to be competitive. Our guests, team members, communities and shareholders depend on Target to remain competitive.

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback.


Jennifer Hanson
Target Executive Offices

While it’s true that Target is a private corporation and according to the Supreme Court can give money to whoever it wants, and while it’s also true that we can’t expect corporations to do have any principles beyond the safeguarding of their precious $$, we can show them that it’s actually a poor business choice to give money to a crazy homophobe– by not shopping at Target.
[Via Gawker]

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!! OMG, good deed of the day: DVF’s tote bag for House Democrats !!

Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg has created this tote bag for “Team Pelosi” that you can purchase from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee website.
All proceeds go to support the campaigns of House Democrats in what will undoubtedly be an especially nasty election season. Buy one if you’re inclined!

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!! OMG, Let Them Eat Wedding Cake: Hillary proud to live in a country where any straight person can marry any straight person !!

Hillary Clinton’s straight daughter Chelsea’s peen-on-vaj matrimonial extravaganza is quickly impending and it’s reminding SOS Clinton how proud she is to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, a country where any person can marry any other person– as long as they’re a man and a woman! Or, the

“It says a lot about this wonderful experiment known as America, where we recognize the right that every single person has to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and over the years so many of the barriers that prevented people from getting married — crossing lines of faith or color or ethnicity — have just disappeared.”

While it’s easy to make fun of Clinton for this statement (I just did it above!) I actually think it might be a very gently coded statement in support of same-sex gay marriage. If she’s saying that “many” of the barriers preventing people from getting married have broken down, it also seems implicit in her statement that other barriers should be eliminated as well. Right? She’s a diplomat, after all– she’s used to this kind of gentle prodding without actually coming out and saying what she means.
Or am I giving Madame Secretary way too much credit here?
[Via Towleroad]

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!! OMG, Sweatiest-case Scenario: Military Leaders Spill Most Erotic Fears About Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal !!

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“Our men need to know they can count on each other in battle, and we can’t have them getting distracted by illicit romantic dalliances. Especially if one’s a little blond Adonis farm boy and his buddy’s a real tough street kid straight out of Brooklyn. I mean, think about it: What if they lock eyes and abandon their post to start ripping each other’s fatigues off, revealing twin sets of glistening washboard abs and at last fulfilling their hidden passions?” – Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps.

Yes, it’s a fake quote from the Onion, but this still seems to reflect the military’s real attitude about repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
What they’re forgetting is that dudes in the closet can have sex with each other just as effectively as any other dudes. In fact, I’ve been told closet-sex is often much hotter.
[The Onion via Andrew Sullivan]

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