Mike Huckabee is probably pretty happy right now.
Chick-fil-A, the chicken restaurant under fire for its president’s public comments against same-sex marriage, announced it set new sales records on Wednesday, or as Huckabee renamed it, “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
“While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,” said Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, Steve Robinson, in a statement.
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, had urged people across the country to “affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse” by showing up at the chicken chain on August 1.
Many appear to have taken Huckabee’s call to heart, flocking to the chain’s roughly 1,600 locations in support of its president’s controversial anti-gay position.
via Chick-Fil-A Has ‘Record-Setting Day’ While Embroiled In Anti-Gay Controversy.
Last week the Supreme Court received its fourth petition in less than a month asking the high court to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
On July 16, lawyers for Edith ’’Edie’’ Windsor filed the petition with the hope that the Supreme Court will consider the 83-year-old window’s case challenging Section 3 of DOMA on the grounds that it violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by blocking same-sex couples from enjoying federal benefits.
Although arguments are scheduled to begin in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in September, Windsor’s lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to expedite the case because of its national importance. The American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic joined in filing the petition.
Windsor has been challenging DOMA since 2009, following the death of her wife, Thea Spyer. Windsor is suing to recoup about $363,000, federal estate tax she was forced to pay on her inheritance from Spyer. The federal government does not tax inheritances that pass from one spouse to the other, but because of DOMA the federal government has refused to recognize Windsor and Spyer’s marriage. According to the ACLU, payment of the federal estate tax is one of the most damaging impacts of DOMA
via Petitions Challenging DOMA Piling Up :: EDGE on the Net.
Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson thinks Democrats are committing political suicide with their decision to stand up for the civil rights of the LGBT community.
Speaking on his television program on Tuesday, Robertson said the Democratic Party has a “death wish” in backing marriage equality as part of its official platform, which will be unveiled at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.
“For the Democrats to go out on that limb, it just seems like to me that they are further alienating themselves from the mainstream of America,” Robertson said. “If that’s what they want to do, fine, but it will mean the death knell of their party, it seems like to me, and of course that’s what they’re doing but maybe they have a death wish.”
Recent polling contradicts Robertson’s assertion. A survey released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that 48 percent of the overall public supports same-sex marriage, while only 44 percent oppose it. Among Democrats, 65 percent support the right of gay couples to marry.
via Pat Robertson: Democrats’ Support For Gay Marriage Is Political ‘Death Wish’.
This has already been a monumental year regarding the question of same-sex marriage on both sides of the fence and things may just be heating up politically.
Gay, out and recently married, Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts is giving his full support to the Democratic Party’s affirmation of its commitment to marriage equality. In a telephone interview with The Advocate Frank says he is “in favor” of the platform that is currently being drafted and of “being included”. Frank also spoke of the Democratic Party’s cemented support and recent activity in favor of marriage quality including key points highlighted by President Obama’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Frank applauded the actions by saying that “the fact is, by every action that should be taken, the Democrats in Washington have repudiated DOMA.” He believes giving acknowledged the importance of House Democrats’ near-universal opposition to DOMA as opposed to the majority of House Republican’s that voted to reaffirm it.
via The Democratic Party says ‘I Do’ to marriage equality – Springfield Gay Issues | Examiner.com.
Although gay-rights advocates greeted President Obama’s historic declaration of support for marriage equality with jubilation in May, a new poll suggests his support has had little affect on voters.
In a survey published by the Pew Research Center, support for same-sex marriage has increased by just a percentage point, from 47 percent in April to 48 percent in July. Opposition to same-sex marriage also increased from 43 percent to 44 percent. Accounting for margin of error, the increases on both sides are insignificant.
Most tellingly is opposition among Democrats. The poll comes after news that the Democratic Party is poised to support marriage equality as part of their national platform. Although support for same-sex marriage among Democrats has increased from 59 to 65 percent since April, 29 percent of Democrats remain opposed to allowing gay couples to wed. Those Democrats could create problems at the Democratic National Convention in September when the party considers a marriage-equality plank.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Republican opposition has remained largely unchanged, with 75 percent opposed to marriage equality before Obama’s announcement and 78 percent opposed today.
via Support For Marriage Equality Unchanged Since Obama Endorsement – Poliglot.
A Connecticut judge ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitutional right to equal protection, the latest in a string of setbacks against the 1996 law.
In a suit against the federal government, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant issued a 104-page decision Tuesday that found the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. In the decision, Bryant found that the plaintiffs, which included six same-sex couples and a widower, were unfairly denied federal benefits as a result of the act, also known as DOMA.
Bryant wrote that she found “no conceivable rational basis” for the provision denying benefits to gay couples and that the provision “violates the equal protection principles” in the Constitution.
“Judge Bryant’s ruling is very clear: married people are married and should be treated as such by the federal government,” said Mary Bonauto, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders’ civil rights project director, in a statement. “There is no legitimate basis for DOMA’s broad disrespect of the marriages of same-sex couples.”
So far, one federal appellate court, five federal district courts and one bankruptcy court have ruled the law unconstitutional. Four DOMA cases are currently awaiting responses for review by the Supreme Court.
via Conn. federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional | Cross Campus | Yale Daily News.