GOP Congressman Peddles DOMA 2.0: 'State Marriage Defense Act'

Less than a year after Supreme Court invalidated a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, a Republican Congressman is offering a bill that would make it more difficult for married same-sex couples to receive legal recognition.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) has introduced the “State Marriage Defense Act,” which would prohibit the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples who live in states that don’t acknowledge their union (for instance, a couple who gets married in Iowa and then moves to Alabama). The bill would undermine an Obama administration ruling that recognizes all legally married couples for federal tax purposes.

The anti-gay Family Research Council hailed the new bill in a statement released today.

The State Marriage Defense Act is a response to the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. The Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for all purposes under federal law as the union of one man and one woman. The plaintiff in Windsor had entered into a marriage with a person of the same sex that was recognized as legal by the state in which she lived, so the Court said that the federal government should also recognize the relationship as a marriage.

However, the Court was silent on the status of same-sex couples who may have obtained a civil marriage in one state, but who live in a state that recognizes only marriages of a man and a woman. The Obama administration has implemented guidance for some federal agencies that ignores the marriage laws of states that define marriage between a man and a woman. At the same time, other federal agencies defer to the laws of a person's state of legal residency to determine marital status for federal purposes. The State Marriage Defense Act would address this administrative chaos with a simple rule that tells the federal government to respect state determinations of the marital status of their residents when applying federal law.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued the following statement:

"In recent months, we have witnessed the growing serious consequences of redefining marriage. We've seen wedding florists, bakers, photographers who have been hauled into court, fined and even ordered to violate their religious beliefs by participating in same-sex weddings. And last month, a federal judge cited same-sex marriage in his decision striking down Utah's law against polygamy. Another consequence has been the Obama administration's chaotic actions through federal agencies that demonstrate total disregard for the 33 states that have not redefined marriage.

"Family Research Council strongly supported the Defense of Marriage Act, and disagreed with the Court's decision in Windsor. However, if the federal government is required to defer to state determinations of which of their residents are 'married,' it must defer to those determinations in all fifty states - not just those that have redefined marriage.

Indiana Marriage Equality Opponents Kick Off Campaign With Ominous Ads

The first TV ads have hit the airwaves in Indiana’s debate over putting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the ballot.

The two ads, which the Indiana-based group Advance America says it is paying “several thousand dollars” to air, play ominous music over a picture of the state capitol in front of cloudy skies. One shows the members of state committee considering the ballot measure. In the other, the words “freedom” and “right to vote” float across the screen as actors say “let me vote.”

“You Deserve the Right to Vote…to Protect Marriage in Indiana!” the ad concludes.

Advance America is the same group that has been distributing flyers warning that marriage equality will result in the imprisonment of pastors and lead the state to “legalize ‘gender identity.’”

Gohmert: Obamacare Will Fail Like The Soviet Union

In a speech to a Tea Party group last November, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) insisted that Republicans must work to stop the Affordable Card Act even though it is destined to fail, just like the Soviet Union. Obamacare, he said, “will fall on its own. But the Soviet Union was destined to fall. But think of the tens of millions of people that died, think of all the freedoms that were taken away from people for around seventy plus years.”

“I really think Obamacare is going to fail but it may be seventy years,” Gohmert said, before alleging that Obamacare is stopping one of his staff member’s fathers from receiving a pacemaker.

The congressman said Republicans should try to dismantle Obamacare now just as Ronald Reagan “saved twenty years of liberty for people” in the USSR “by being aggressive.”

Beck: 'We Are The New Revolutionaries'

On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck highlighted a large piece of artwork that was recently installed in his network headquarters representing his David vs. Goliath fight against the mainstream media as depicted by a giant New York Times figure seeking to crush a Beck's TheBlaze, which is armed only with a slingshot:

The image really appealed to Beck because, as he explained, "we are the new revolutionaries."

"These guys are 'the man,' Beck said, referring to outlets such as the Times and the Huffington Post. "They have all of the power. They have all of the tools. They have all of the money. They have all of the media. We're the little guy. We're David, they're Goliath. The little guy wins, but we have to stop acting and looking and sounding like the establishment because we're not. We are anti-establishment. I am proud to say it: I am anti-establishment":

Texas GOP Board Of Education Candidate: 'We Know We Didn't Come From Monkeys!'

At a debate in Fort Worth on Monday, a Republican candidate for the Texas state board of education warned that the board is currently “using your tax dollars to brainwash our children into socialist issues and ideas.”

The candidate, Lady Theresa Thombs, also decried “people from socialist higher education” who support the teaching of evolution, a subject still hotly debated in the Texas Education Agency.

“We know we didn’t come from monkeys!” she exclaimed.

Thombs made her remarks at a debate hosted by a Tea Party group, the 912 Project Fort Worth.

Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram reports that Thombs considers herself an “international evangelist” who is “running to fight — her spellings — ‘adgendas and ideoligies.’”

She also believes she is running to defeat “Devil worshipers”:

The multi-talented Thombs also serves as a singer at right-wing rallies.

Garrow: Obama Nuked Dolphins!

Right-wing activist Jim Garrow has finally found “proof” to back up his claim that President Obama tried to nuke Charleston, South Carolina and other American cities, but was stopped by three heroes in the military (and God) who safely detonated one of the weapons off the coast of Charleston to thwart Obama’s nefarious plan.

Garrow’s offered “evidence” today on his Facebook page: an article about dolphins dying off the east coast.

Indeed, dolphins are dying…but due to lung disease caused by BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Santorum Intends To Turn His Movie Studio Into 'The Pixar Of Faith Movies'

The first film released under Rick Santorum's leadership at EchoLight Studios was "The Christmas Candle," which didn't even manage to earn back a third of its $7 million budget.

But Santorum maintains a grand vision for the future, telling Matthew Hagee, who is apparently a talk show host now, that he intends to turn EchoLight into "the Pixar of faith movies":

'Perhaps America Will Throw This Marxist Out Of Office And Imprison Him For Treason'

Via our good friend Erik Rush, we were alerted to this new video from the fine folks over at the Western Center for Journalism entitled, rather succinctly, "Communist Barack Obama Should Be in Prison."

Guess what it's about?

As the video explains, President Obama is a longtime communist who is working to transform America into a communist utopia through income redistribution and by collapsing the economy by implementing socialized medicine. Intent on destroying the middle class, Obama has created government-subsided health insurance in order to bring about a massive underclass that will be ruled over by elites such as himself and George Soros. In fact, Obama is intentionally working to destroy the economy in order to benefit banks and investment firms, which will somehow make billions of dollars by seeing the entire economy collapse.

"Perhaps when the economy is driven over a cliff," the narrator says, "the masses will clamor for an Obama third term and Comrade Obama will lead America down the road to a communist utopia. Or perhaps America will throw this Marxist out of office and imprison him for treason":

Erik Rush: Americans Must 'Go To Any Length' To Stop 'Evil' Obama

In yet another column advocating President Obama’s overthrow, WorldNetDaily’s Erik Rush today calls on “the American people to go to any length” to stop the Obama administration’s “designs to subjugate us” with its “statist agenda.”

Rush, who has called for the execution of the president and administration officials, writes that “those who govern us are evil and audacious” and pose “a clear and present danger to our liberties, the Constitution and the continuance of this nation.”

The net used to ensnare our liberties has been cast repeatedly over a long period of time, and each time it is cast increasingly wider. For example, laws and statutes that violate the Second Amendment have been passed over many decades, which should have drawn severe backlash from citizens. They did not, because they were ostensibly proffered (as I asserted last week) for our own good. Taxation and thousands of regulations concocted as fiat law by unconstitutional federal agencies have become more and more ideology-driven and tyrannical. We have only taken notice because the Obama administration “upped the game” almost exponentially with regard to advancing the statist agenda.

At this point, the liberties government has taken (pun intended) with regard to usurping our liberty are innumerable, and no half-hearted political solution will address their transgressions or this retrogression from governance to rule.

While this administration definitely represents a clear and present danger to our liberties, the Constitution and the continuance of this nation as a going concern, it is really just an acute symptom of a progressive disease that has gone untreated for far too long. Those who govern us are evil and audacious; their rhetoric and that of their supporters reflects a desperation beyond urgency. The criminals in government are aware of their crimes and are banking on Americans’ desire for relative safety and comfort outweighing our desire for liberty.

They are also banking on our ignorance of the fact that we will lose all three if their agenda continues unchecked.

Ultimately, they must be made to realize that there is a willingness (if not a desire) on the part of the American people to go to any length (emphasis his) to wrest the government from them. If they do not perceive this willingness, they will simply continue in their designs to subjugate us. They may not win, but the toll will be very great.

Better to convey our willingness to fight and possibly circumvent the necessity to fight altogether.

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/8/14

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