The end of DOMA & Prop 8







Valerie Jarrett recognizes Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith & her wife Tracey Hepner during a speech at the Pentagon on June 25, 2013. 50 ***



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President Obama called Edie Windsor—the plaintiff in the #DOMA case—from AF1 to congratulate her on today’s ruling 51










The scene outside Stonewall right now is an unparalleled joy.




People celebrating in the Castro district





SCOTUS opinion: US v Windsor, 12-307




via. TOD Champion Bobfr

From civil rights to dismantling Glass-Steagall, Mr Clinton did major harm to Americans, but, far and away, by being a ‘Democrat’ and fostering the DNC, he did much to ensure #GOP success.  Period.

The founding of OFA will become to be seen as the re-birth of the Democratic Party and one of Barack Obama’s most important contributions to the resuscitation of our Democracy and Middle Class.  It is for each of us to ensure that OFA flourishes and we trounce the #GOP in 2014, 2016 and beyond. A valid opposition party will emerge, that is a prerequisite for sustainable democracy. I suspect it will arise from the Democratic Party itself as the Party shifts further left of center in the decades ahead.

Little doubt that the gravest threat to our democracy and humanity will be issues spawned by the now likely irreversible effects of failure to control CO2 levels.  A vibrant OFA-led Democratic Party is truly our only hope in facing that threat.




The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today (June 28th,3013) abruptly lifted its injunction that barred same-sex marriages while Proposition 8 finished its course through the legal system. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit to invalidate the voter-approved initiative, were married starting at 4:45 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall. Soon after, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa married Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Proposition 8, in a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall.


With the President’s Africa trip coming in the midst of the SCOTUS decision, I thought a refresher of that historic day was in order….

68 Responses to “The end of DOMA & Prop 8”

  1. July 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Orale homeboys and homegirls!

  2. 10 utaustinliberal
    July 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  3. 11 arapaho415
    July 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Reposting from the end of last thread:

    Infuriately enough, the Pentagon has absolved Booz-Allen of any culpability in hiring the treasonous #Snowden (after GG’s manipulations) and will (no doubt) continue to offer them (very) lucrative government contracts:

    • 13 amk for obama
      July 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      isn’t usaf the hotbed of fundie mofos?

    • 14 99ts
      July 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Reposting my reply from the last thread

      A young guy gives up the rest of his life so media pundits like gg can attack the black man in the white house – and the company that gave the information to said guy and GG will be rewarded for their stupid.

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      They probably know a lot of sensitive secrets, and there are probably 100 Snowden’s embedded there. Remember, this privatization of national security has been going on for decades. It’s naive to think that years of bad behavior can be overturned overnight – especially since many civil servants and other government workers can’t be replaced. There are limits.

  4. July 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you, LP, that was a nice round-up, history, and refresher of a good day for all Americans. You always approach your subject through many different lenses.

  5. July 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    • 21 arapaho415
      July 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      • July 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        I saw a map yesterday….showing the countries in the world that exceed a certain Mwattage….US joined yesterday w/ these new expansions.

        • 23 arapaho415
          July 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

          I really wish these kind of incentives were in place during Jerry Brown’s first stint as Governor (“Spaceship Earth”) in the 1970s.

          The costs for solar panels would have been driven down, incentives for storing energy would have been there to fuel development.

          I am so glad that Californians had the good sense to elect him now, when he is really making a difference!

  6. July 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Youtube link provided…

  7. 25 arapaho415
    July 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    ATTN SecDef Hagel fans (count me in as a fan):

  8. July 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    MUST READ: “To understand the depth of the damage that the Supreme Court’s June 25 decision, Shelby County v. Holder, has inflicted on the voting rights of African-Americans, you have to measure it against the backdrop of the takeover of state legislatures, primarily in the South, by the Republican Party……… Since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the number of blacks elected to Southern state legislatures has grown from fewer than five to 313, all but a handful as Democrats. While blacks rose in the once dominant Democratic Party, Southern whites defected. Now, in the former Confederacy, Republicans have gained control of all 11 state legislatures.”

  9. 27 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm


    Sooo, did harry do the nuke option or not ?

  10. July 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  11. 38 Layla
    July 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Great news for POTUS!!!!

    If President Obama looked out the window today, he might redneckognize a few of the tourists standing on Pennsylvania Avenue.
    Alana Thompson (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo) and family spent time in downtown D.C. Thursday, posting two photos to Facebook, including one of TV’s most famous child reality star showing off her pageant grin

  12. July 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    “So, this guy who made a stink-pile of money in the car alarm business, and had some youthful trouble with the law over auto-related liberties, gets the break he’s been waiting for after Republicans win control of the House in 2010….. He’s got plans, lots of plans. He’s going to stage television-ready hearings and investigations of the White House. He will bring Barack Obama to his knees. “I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” he says. Don’t worry about substance, he says of one subject field, “it’ll be good theater.”

  13. 42 dotster3
    July 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This IS funny—-and, I agree, ironic—–Romney big in Kenya, of all places

  14. July 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  15. 47 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    teen aussie player breaks all kindsa cricketing records on his debut.


  16. 48 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  17. 51 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  18. 54 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What the hell is wrong with people? What kind of person is entertained by this?
    [Important Note: The author of this tweet admits in a later tweet that in his frustration he omitted the word “some” from the original]

    • 55 0388jojothecat
      July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I wonder if they would think it funny of ….Ron Goldberging or Nicole Simpsoning? This is exactly what LL’s Post was about the insensitivity of our of the people in the world especially Americans who can not relate to the pain of others especially minorities due to our media.

    • 56 arapaho415
      July 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      So hard to believe that people find this amusing.

      Those of us whose male cohorts had to register for the draft on their 18th birthday didn’t take death as a laughing matter (Vietnam War era).

      We drove our parents crazy, but hey, we were for love, not war (and most certainly not for death; just about everyone knew someone who was in Vietnam at the time).

      Mandatory national service sounds better and better (POTUS is a big supporter) now; our young people barely move these days, and getting them out in the fresh air would be a benefit to everyone.

  19. 57 arapaho415
    July 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    One final repost from previous thread:

    “The bill sponsored by Warren along Senators John McCain, an Arizona Republican, Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, and Angus King, a Maine independent, would separate traditional banks that offer checking and savings accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. from “riskier financial institutions.” The latter category includes companies involved in investment banking, insurance, swaps dealing, hedge funds and private equity, according to the lawmakers’ statement.”

    The hubris of the WJC administration thinking that history didn’t matter (i.e., The Great Depression) is still galling to me.

    Also, love that this bill is sponsored from coast-to-coast (Maria Cantwell, Washington state and Angus King, Maine).

    I think this is the one bill that would really make a difference between now and 2014 elections (any bills passed by our reprehensible House will be garbage–not much chance of that happening, though).

  20. 59 a4alice
    July 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    LP! You always do such a great job! lotso lotso stuff!! thanks! 🙂

    • July 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      TY a4! I have had this post done for a while, but didn’t have the right time to fit it in…..nothing on President Obama’s public schedule tomorrow…so I figured this evening would suffice.

  21. 61 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  22. 62 arapaho415
    July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Every Rand Paul supporter needs to wear a T-Shirt with this emblazoned on it.

  23. 63 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  24. July 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Because you’re all waiting with bated breath, my dinner choice for tonight.

    Boston Market turkey with gravy
    A spinach and tomato salad I made at home, with lovely red wine vinaigrette dressing
    And a nice glass of red wine

  25. July 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know if I should be relieved or scared…..I want today factored in b/c my TL is bananas right now re #sharknado

  26. 66 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  27. 67 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    McCrory says he talked to NC capitol protesters, who cuss him out
    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/11/4159741/mccrory-ive-talked-with-nc-capitol.html

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