To me, it shows how little society really cares about people with mental health issues. She does have a very tender heart … but anything she says is certifiably schizophrenic … she’s not some crazy conservative.Ogallala, Neb. resident Patrick Svoboda • Discussing his sister Jane’s recent viral video, in which she said a number of disjointed things during a Lincoln City Council meeting, mostly about homosexuality. Many saw it as hate speech: The truth is that Jane Svoboda has schizophrenia, and is legally listed as under protection by the state of Nebraska. Her brother Patrick is her conservator. Jane is listed as a registered lobbyist at the state capitol and regularly testifies at Lincoln City Council meetings. A lot of people posted this last night; including us. It’s worth noting the full story. (thanks Emily Ingram)
It would have been a very grueling primary for both of us. We would not have won an additional Republican seat. I did not see the benefit of making it easier for a Democratic challenger to go up against a battle-weary Republican in November.New York State Sen. Jim Alesi • Discussing his decision to drop out of the race and give up his seat. Alesi was one of four Republican state senators to vote in favor of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, which he felt make him vulnerable to a primary challenge. So, rather than run for another term, he’s chosen to move on. “The conservatives pretty much declared there would be trouble for the four senators,” he continued. “I have served with dignity, and I have worked very hard for my district. And I don’t apologize for my vote on marriage. I think there is a significant number of people who appreciated my vote on marriage.”
I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
Welcome, Mr. President. The mini-quiches have gone cold and the ice is all melted, but we’re glad you’re finally at the party.
The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples…He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it. President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. On a federal level, he has ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.North Carolina press secretary for Obama for America, Cameron French, speaking to the Washington Blade. President Obama expressed his disapproval with the North Carolina ballot measure that amends the state constitution to ban same sex marriage before Tuesday’s vote, and on the night it passed into law by a wide margin the Obama campaign once expressed the president’s dismay. (via tpmmedia)
» The opposition pulled out Bill Clinton: As you can see above, the poll (taken by Public Policy Polling) strongly suggests that same-sex marriage advocates are facing an uphill battle. Which is why the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families pulled out the former president to say this about the amendment: ”If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs.” What do you guys think?