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Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal

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  1. Stuart Neyton 19 Sep 2010, 7:03pm

    “will of the people expressed by legislation”??? What on earth does that mean???

    I have no idea how so many people in the world’s most powerful can vote for this party. I hope the selection of extreme right tea party supporters stops the Republicans from making too many gains. Although i don’t like the Democrats much either.

  2. Thank the almighty Invisible Pink Unicorn that politics in the UK have (aside from fringe lunatics like the BNP) evolved beyond this utter nonsense. The clear will of the people of Montana? Even if they had evidence to back this up (I strongly doubt polls suggest that most Montanans believe homosexuality should be banned), human rights are not up for retraction, ever. I sincerely fear the notion of a day where the weathervane opinions of the general public are immediately adopted into law. Our lives are not some gigantic Big Brother episode. These crackpots (who make even the majority of the ever contemptible Republicans look moderate) would do well to remember that.

  3. Richard X Evans 19 Sep 2010, 8:46pm

    Isn’t holding hands in public illegal in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, aka North Korea? They should just move there.

  4. Mother of Christ, I am so happy I don’t live in the U.S. sometimes.

  5. Omar Kuddus GayasylumUK 19 Sep 2010, 10:40pm

    However Bozeman, city commission is expected to pass a resolutionvoicing support gay marriage rights and believes that can set an example for all of Montana:“Same-sex couples are denied the basic legal rights of different-sex couples andmany more,”.The lawsuit calls for providing rights through a civil union or domestic partnership arrangement in order to comply with the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    Mayor Jeff Krauss believes that Bozeman can set an example for all of Montana:
    “These couples are really walking out on a limb to put their faces forward, to put their stories forward, and I think they deserve the support,” Krauss told the Chronicle.
    A draft of the resolution the Bozeman City Commission plans to consider states that, “the Montana ‘marriage amendment’ precludes same-sex marriages, it does not preclude all couples from having the same fundamental rights of individual dignity, privacy, due process and the pursuit of life’s basic necessities guaranteed to all Montanans under the Montana Constitution’s Declaration of Rights.

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of fourteen plaintiffs against the state of Montana in July. The ACLU claims that the state is violating the Montana Constitutional by denying same-sex couples many of the rights that married couples enjoy in health care, financial matters, inheritance, and other matters. The lawsuit calls for providing these rights through a civil union or domestic partnership arrangement in order to comply with the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  6. Omar Kuddus GayasylumUK 19 Sep 2010, 10:41pm

    However Bozeman, city commission is expected to pass a resolutionvoicing support gay marriage rights and believes that can set an example for all of Montana:“Same-sex couples are denied the basic legal rights of different-sex couples andmany more,”.The lawsuit calls for providing rights through a civil union or domestic partnership arrangement in order to comply with the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    Mayor Jeff Krauss believes that Bozeman can set an example for all of Montana:
    “These couples are really walking out on a limb to put their faces forward, to put their stories forward, and I think they deserve the support,” Krauss told the Chronicle.

    …A draft of the resolution the Bozeman City Commission plans to consider states that, “the Montana ‘marriage amendment’ precludes same-sex marriages, it does not preclude all couples from having the same fundamental rights of individual dignity, privacy, due process and the pursuit of life’s basic necessities guaranteed to all Montanans under the Montana Constitution’s Declaration of Rights.

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of fourteen plaintiffs against the state of Montana in July. The ACLU claims that the state is violating the Montana Constitutional by denying same-sex couples many of the rights that married couples enjoy in health care, financial matters, inheritance, and other matters. The lawsuit calls for providing these rights through a civil union or domestic partnership arrangement in order to comply with the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  7. That’s what happens if you successfully dupe a state into thinking Fox news is the ‘home of balanced reporting’.
    Must be true, Fox News said it was.

  8. Hodge Podge 20 Sep 2010, 12:04am

    The Tea Party will go on about rights and freedom, but only the rights and freedoms which suits their white heterosexual cis voters. It’s depressing they can pass this stuff off as libertarianism.

  9. Why not just outlaw sexual intercourse at all ? It makes more sense. And what is that about banning holding hands after sunset ? Are they worried about gay werewolves in Montana ?

  10. Nice scenery, but get out while you can!

  11. @ Felipe “… Are they worried about gay werewolves in Montana”
    Presumably they’ve all been warned about “Twilight – New Moon” ;)

  12. The Tea Party is making the USA an international joke.

  13. … Stop selling Doom 2?

    Well cool, we stopped doing that, like, 15 years ago.

  14. What are they thinking? Do they really think they can just get past the supreme court of both their own state and the federal government?

    I apologize for how stupid this is making my country look. But if it is any consolation, most Republicans are angry with them as well as democrats. Oh, and about every other sane person in America (it is higher than this group leads you to think). The Tea Party is such a fringe group.

    …which unfortunately my dad belongs to. So. I can’t imagine why he never got over me having a girlfriend!

  15. de Villiers 20 Sep 2010, 1:06pm

    > “there had been at the time, and still is, a substantial portion of Republican legislators that believe it is more important for the Legislature to make the law instead of the Supreme Court.”

    Surely there is a substantial portion of legislators who believe it more important for the legislature to make law that is, itself, lawful according to the Constitution.

  16. Har Davids 20 Sep 2010, 1:49pm

    Isn’t Montana the state where man and wife can only have sex in the missionary position?

  17. That’s disgusting!

    Why would they make Doom 2 illegal?

  18. Tigra, maybe they thought Doom II was a lousy sequel to Doom I. Or maybe they are more into Grand Theft Auto.

  19. It was 2010 last time I checked? Wasn’t it??? Not 1510!!!!!

  20. Nobody bans DooM. ON PAIN OF DEATH!!! NOBODY BANS DOOM!!!!

  21. Anyone have more info on why they want Doom made illegal?
    There’s no logic at all to these peeople.

  22. chris in new england 20 Sep 2010, 11:05pm

    de Villiers – The thing is, one of the driving forces behind this particular strain of populism is the idea that god-fearing country folk are having their way of life destroyed by big-city liberal elites. (And the U.S. is now something like 80% urbanized – a single borough of New York City has more people in it than Montana, Alaska, and a bunch of other rural red states combined – hence the increasing paranoia and extremism from these people.) When a court hands down a decision they don’t like, it fits right into this narrative, i.e. the problem isn’t the constitution, but the elites interpreting it. For now in conservative states the rhetoric has the courts as the villain and the legislature as the hero, but eventually the legislatures there will shift to our side on these issues, as they started doing a long time ago in more liberal states, and then they’ll be demonized along with the courts and the story will be that only direct votes through the referendum process are legitimate.

  23. Can’t we just let these people have one state? Montana should have enough room for them all. If we (the north) hadn’t lost the civil war, they’d have been able to go south and the rest of us could live in a relatively progressive nation.

  24. They can’t criminalize homosexuality because the Supreme Court has already ruled on that several years ago. They’re just blowing smoke.

  25. “a law requiring every man who owns lad being literate”
    I think you mean ‘land’. I find the typo in this sentence fairly entertaining, however.

  26. These are nasty hypocrites.

    They lambaste the Obama administration for being ‘big government’, yet they want to use the government to ban homosexuality. How is that consistent? You either support small government or you don’t!

    Religious freaks!

  27. Just wondering which tea party it was that they went to…

  28. Pink News send me an e.mail explaining why none of my posts are being accepted?

  29. i wrote a long comment about an hour ago and it still hasnt appeared ….why

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