As Kyle pointed out, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) while speaking on Today’s Issues suggested that he doesn’t believe reports that Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure before crashing his car. Host Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council later asked Gohmert about his concerns regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill which today received a Senate committee hearing.
Leaders of Richmond’s five biggest law firms are urging the city’s Circuit Court judges to do what the General Assembly would not: Appoint an openly gay man to the bench.
“We understand that the Court is considering appointing Tracy Thorne-Begland to the District Court for the City of Richmond,” read a letter the lawyers sent Tuesday. “We believe he would be an outstanding jurist and support his appointment.”
The General Assembly last month blocked Thorne-Begland’s appointment to the low-level District Court bench.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recorded a message for LGBT Pride Month in a video released by the State Dept. Clinton notes the advances being made in the world toward LGBT rights but cautions there is still much left to do: This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled last week that the Minnesota Family Council, an anti-LGBT group spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of a state marriage inequality constitutional amendment, need not disclose its donors because its “major purpose” does not qualify it as a “political committee.”
In their ruling dismissing a complaint by Common Cause Minnesota, the board said:
“Good for her,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder and executive director of GOProud, an organization that bills itself as “the voice of gay conservatives and their straight allies.”
“You know, Carrie Underwood isn’t any different from anyone else in America,” LaSalvia said Monday in an e-mail to The Times. “The more Americans think about how issues affect their gay friends and family the more they come to realize that supporting same-sex civil marriage is the right thing to do. More and more people are coming to that conclusion — and that includes conservative Christians."
Remember Isis King? She was a contestant on the eleventh and seventeenth cycles of America’s Next Top Model and the first transgender woman to compete on the show which is getting a Tyra Banks overhaul for the upcoming season.
The Senate Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing this morning into the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has been pending in Congress off and on since 1994. Although a majority of the committee is co-sponsoring the legislation, HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), after the hearing, would not commit to a mark-up session on the legislation, which would be the next step forward for the bill before a committee vote.