Top Ten Lame Reasons Being Used by Folks on the Right to Oppose Marriage Equality

Please pardon my sarcasm at the ridiculousness of their reasoning:

  1. Being gay is not natural.  Yeah … like real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester and air conditioning.
  2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.  Gee … I guess they think that hanging around tall people just might make them taller.
  3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior.  People may even wish to marry their pets.  Right, because their dog actually has legal standing under the Constitution and can actually use a pen to sign that marriage contract.
  4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all.  Hmm…really?  How do they explain women no longer being treated like “property” — or inter-racial couples now being able to marry — or the concept of “divorce” which didn’t used to be legal?
  5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed.  And how might that be?  Is your Congressional Representative proposing to eliminate your marriage deductions if gays get to marry.  Or better yet, should the sanctity of every marriage look like that of Britney Spears or your favorite talking heads, e.g., Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, etc.
  6. The only valid marriages are those which produce children.  Oh come on, give me a break!  Justice Sotomayer shredded that reasoning in about one minute’s time yesterday morning.  Are they seriously trying to argue that gay couples, infertile couples and old people should be allowed to marry because they can serve a governmental requirement to procreate?  Get Real!
  7. Obviously, gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.   UHHHH … read reason #6.  If gay couples can’t procreate, how the heck are they going to bear and raise gay children.  Apparently GOD gave some “straight” couple a gay kid.  Maybe you should talk to GOD about that …. just sayin’
  8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion.   Excuse me … but for all the Constitution-thumping you folks do, what exactly is it that you do not understand about the separation of church and state dictated by the Constitution …. or do you read the Constitution like you apparently read your bible?  I’m sorry, but our Constitution does not permit you to impose “your personal theology” on others.
  9. Children can never succeed without both a male and a female role model at home.  Sure that’s why we have so many dead-beat dad who not only don’t show up to lend a helping hand from time to time, but who fail to provide any monetary support.  Oh … and please enlighten me.  Just exactly when was it we passed a law saying it was forbidden for single parents to raise children?
  10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of our society; we could never adapt to new social norms.  Excuse me?  Like we haven’t been able to adapt to electricity, cars, the internet, making slavery illegal, finally allowing women to vote and own property?  

LGBT folks have been around, and have been incessantly ostracized, since the time of Moses — you know, that guy who climbed the mountain back in the eye-for-an-eye old testament days — in the time BEFORE Jesus Christ walked the earth.  Sunday is Easter, an anniversary of the death of Jesus Christ, who supposedly died for the sins of mankind.  Folks opposing marriage equality — who call themselves “Christian” — should take some time this weekend reflect on the true teachings of their “savior.”

Marriage is more than a religious rite.  It’s an economic issue. It’s a tax issue. It’s an inheritance issue.  It’s a Social Security benefits issue.  But, most of all it’s a love, commitment and family issue.  It’s well past the time we should put the discriminatory policy of marriage inequality to an end.  Those of you who are against marriage equality need to stop drinking, smoking or ingesting whatever substance is leading to all this hate-mongering.  Get over it.  Grow up and get a life.

Excuse Me? Where Were You Mr. Heller?

At the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke about the No Budget, No Pay Act.

“President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address marked one thousand days since the U.S. Senate passed a binding budget resolution.  Since Congress last passed a budget, the federal government has spent $9.4 trillion, adding $4.1 trillion in debt. 

“…Members of Congress are willfully refusing to put our nation on a path to long-term fiscal responsibility.  As long as this is the case, Americans will continue to be frustrated and angry with Washington’s inability to produce real results. 

“…This legislation requires that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives pass a budget and all appropriations bills by the beginning of each fiscal year.  Failure to do so would result in the loss of pay until Congress takes its job seriously.  If Congress does not complete its constitutional duties, then its Members should not be paid

“…My hope is that No Budget, No Pay will be adopted as part of a broader effort to change the way Congress does business and restore the confidence of the American people in their government…”

Is that right?  I have a question, Mr. Heller.  Where the heck were you throughout the Bush years?  Then President Bush took a vibrant economy, a budget surplus that was gradually consuming lesser percentages of GDP and a national debt of only $5,662,216,013,697 … and drove that economy to just short of a full-blown depression and a national debt of $10,699,804,864,612, an increase of 89%.  In case you’re not all that good at math (as evidenced by the recent GOP caucuses and their inabilities to count the votes) … that means the GOP administration of George W. Bush spent $5,037,588,850,915, borrowing from anyone willing to loan the USA money.  Essentially, your team increased the debt per capita from $20,067/person to $35,153.  You sir were a member of George Bush’s Congress.  You voted for the repeal of financial regulations, for repeals of taxes (revenue needed to pay the bills as they come due) and for spending increases that ultimately drove our economy over the cliff.

Yes, the Obama administration has had to spend money to prevent the nation from completely falling into the abyss of no return.  Beginning with a debt of $10,699,804,864,612, debt rose to $12,311,349,677,512 by 12/31/2009 (15%).  By12/31/2010 it had risen to $14,025,215,218,709 (14%) and by 12/31/2011 to $15,125,898,976,397 (8%),  That’s an overall 41% increase in our nation’s debt, and that rate of increase is declining.  The amount of accumulated debt would have begun to decline had the GOP been able to actively work toward a grand bargain with the President and Democratic members in Congress, but the GOP were too fearful of bullies such as Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist, and Karl Rove.  Instead of doing your jobs, you and other GOP members cowered in fear that one of the bullies would speak badly of you or that you might be primaried and lose your job.  Instead of fighting for millions of Americans that the GOP’s policies and spending habits put out on the street and out of any hope of a job, you toed the Republican Party line.

How dare you now play the puffer?  You sir are a considerable part of the problem and your solutions would now be to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the infirm, and women, all while stroking the feathers of your war-hawk as you contemplate voting for entry into yet another unwarranted foreign war with Iran.  You sir, are disgraceful.

Hey Clear Channel — Cancel the Rush Limbaugh Show!

It’s time for Rush Limbaugh to face the consequences for being a mouthpiece for the right-wing war on women.

The First Amendment gives Rush the right to say whatever he wants, but that doesn’t make it right for him to have a national megaphone to spew his hate. It’s time for Clear Channel to make it clear that they will no longer profit from Rush’s vicious attacks on women.

Add your name to my petition to Clear Channel to cancel The Rush Limbaugh Show.

Clear Channel pays Rush $50 million a year for this garbage. But with sponsors fleeing Rush’s show left and right — 50 of them so far — it’s clear that our voices are having an impact on the bottom line of corporations across the country.

These companies are realizing that it doesn’t pay to do business with Rush Limbaugh. And it’s time for Clear Channel to follow suit. Our grassroots effort has helped to strip the economic foundation out from under Rush. Now, if we keep the pressure on, we can force Clear Channel to turn off his microphone for good.

Add your name today! Then, please share our petition with your friends (and your co-workers!) on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your help,

Berkley

P.S.:  Oh … apparently ‘unelected’ Dean Heller has yet another ‘un’ to put in front of his name.  We’re hearing that he’s also ‘undecided’ whether to sign this petition.  Considering it took 7 days and being publicly shamed by Berkley into distancing himself from Rush’s disgusting remarks, maybe Dean is recognizing the damage he’s inflicted on himself with Nevada women.  But no amount of damage control can change the fact that Heller voted just last week to restrict women’s access to health services like contraception and mammograms.

Berkley Launches Petition to Give Rush the Bum Rush He Deserves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2012
Contact: Berkley Campaign, Eric Koch
(702) 483-7315


BERKLEY LAUNCHES PETITION TO CANCEL RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW, INVITES DEAN HELLER TO SIGN

Berkley Spokesman: “Rush Limbaugh’s Water Boy Needs To Put His Money Where His Mouth Is”

It Took Seven Days For Heller to Distance Himself From Rush Limbaugh;
How Long Will It Take Him To Sign The Petition? 

Las Vegas– After taking seven days to issue a (meekly worded) statement about Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks on women, Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is giving unelected Senator Dean Heller the chance to put his money where his mouth is.  Today,  Berkley is launching a new online  petition calling on Clear Channel to pull Rush Limbaugh off the air following his disgusting and insulting remarks attacking Sandra Fluke, the

Georgetown student who stood up to fight for access to birth control.

The question is: will it take Dean Heller fewer than seven days this time to do the right thing and call for Rush Limbaugh to be pulled off the air?

Given Heller’s history: don’t hold your breath. Remember, instead of  joining the chorus on both sides of the aisle who condemned Rush Limbaugh, it took Heller a full week  to react to the GOP’s main spokesman.

It was only after Shelley Berkley finished a press conference call calling out his silence that his office reluctantly released a carefully worded statement.

But that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that Dean Heller was fulfilling Rush Limbaugh’s every wish in the United States Senate, voting to defund organizations that provide mammogram screenings like Planned Parenthood and voting for the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to deny preventative coverage that their female employees already receive — for any reason they want.

“Instead of using his appointed Senate seat to be Rush Limbaugh’s waterboy, Dean Heller should put his money where his mouth is and join me in demanding his show be kicked off the air for his outrageous comments against women,” said Eric Koch, spokesman for Berkley for Senate.  “Unfortunately, given that Heller has been acting like Rush Limbaugh’s proxy vote in the United States Senate on issues like restricting access to birth control, we’re not expecting much.”

The text of the petition is attached to this release

DEAR BOB PITTMAN – CEO, CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS:

We the undersigned demand your company stop giving Rush Limbaugh a national megaphone with which to launch hateful attacks against women — like calling them “sluts” and “prostitutes.”

Dozens of well-respected companies have realized that associating themselves with Rush Limbaugh is bad for business. Yours should be the next.

Don’t throw your reputation away by continuing to profit from the traffic and attention Rush Limbaugh’s attacks generate — cancel his show, and his contract, today.

Signed,

Shelley Berkley


On a side note, and not noted in the Berkley campaign news release, women have been putting up with this toad for more than 20 years.  We’ve had enough!  And if you don’t believe my claim of 20 years … well … watch this clip of a 1992 Phil Donahue show where Rush is a guest and they’re presenting his views on “Feminazis” … watch the expressions of disgust on the faces on the women in the audience:

It’s time for Rush to Get the Bum’s Rush

If you checked out “LeftAction” this morning, you should have seen a petition to give Rush a Bum’s Rush and the Advertisers that have been advertising on his program so folks can put pressure on those Advertisers to pull their advertising from this misogynistic and hateful talk show host.  It’s time to end his pollution of our nation’s air waves.

Send a message to Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers:  Tell them it’s time to stop supporting his anti-woman hate speech.

Even by Rush Limbaugh’s own standards, his attacks on Sandra Fluke were outrageous.

Last week, the House of Representatives held a hearing on access to contraception that included no women. Chairman Daryl Issa denied a Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, permission to speak on the absurd grounds that the hearing was about religious freedom, not birth control. After Democrats held their own hearing in which Fluke gave passionate, thoughtful testimony about a friend who lost an ovary because she couldn’t afford the birth control pills that would have reduced her ovarian cysts, Rush Limbaugh apparently felt the need to weigh in and decided to do so in the shameful, loathsome way that only Rush could. As I could never improve upon the words themselves for a distillation of the soul of Rush Limbaugh, here they are:

“What does that make her (Fluke)? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,” he said. “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”  (source: Krystal Ball, Huffington Post)

And he didn’t stop there: 

Not satisfied with simple slander and name-calling, Limbaugh then doubled down on his attacks on Fluke and actually demanded that she post sex tapes online: “So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.”  (source: Krystal Ball, Huffington Post)

Enough is enough.  It is time for Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors to stop supporting his hate speech through their advertising dollars.

Sign the petition today, and send them a message.  And make sure to spread the word.  “Share” this on Facebook, and use the hashtag “#BoycottRush” on Twitter.

Here is a list of the companies we believe to be Rush’s advertisers. (Note, things are happening very quickly, so we cannot guarantee right now that these are all current advertisers). We will update these as they react to the “Boycott Rush” movement, or confirm they are no longer supporting him.

  • AutoZone (UPDATE: They say that they do not sponsor Rush, and that if a commercial was run, it was in error)
  • Carbonite (UPDATE: The CEO says this is the “worst” outrcy they’ve ever had over a controversial show, and he has scheduled an in-person meeting with Limbaugh to impress upon him how offensive the comments were. At this point, however, they have not removed their ads)
  • Century21
  • Citrix (UPDATE: Citrix has pulled their ads!)
  • Dominos (Update: Dominos says it is NOT an advertiser with Rush)
  • eHarmony (UPDATE: eHarmony says it is NOT an advertiser with Rush)
  • LegalZoom  (UPDATE: LegalZoom has confirmed with us directly that it is pulling its ads!)
  • LendingTree
  • LifeLock
  • Oreck (UPDATE: Oreck says it does not now advertise on Rush, but may have had some ads on a while back as part of a broad media buy)
  • ProFlowers
  • Sears
  • Sleep Train: (UPDATE: Victory! They have pulled their ads! — source)
  • Sleep Number(UPDATE: Victory! They have pulled their ads! — source)
  • Quicken Loans (UPDATE: Appears to be a victory here too, as they are reportedly pulling ads as well!)
  • TaxResolution

(Again, the caveat — this is the list of advertisers we have compiled from multiple sources, and while we strive to be accurate, we cannot guarantee that every one of them is correct.  We will update asap if we discover errors or changes)

UPDATES: