rainbow-cakeTen years ago Georgia voters shamefully passed a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage - Thanks Ken Mehlman. At that time Republicans needed a scary issue to mobilize the religious right in the 2004 elections.

It worked, kind of. 

Today however, the Marriage part of that Amendment has been challenged with a Class-Action lawsuit helped by attorneys from Lambda Legal and the law firms of Bryan Cave and White & Case. I find it interesting that some of the more “political” firms are not involved in the suit.  Reading through various articles,  unless the Northern District decides to drop everything, a ruling on this is a couple years off.

Meanwhile progressive minded folks can continue to fight for our sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, parents and friends by electing people this year who will move the “gay agenda” forward when it comes to public accommodation, employment non discrimination and health care. We need everyone to continue to fight against this nonsense.

Complete story here  at the always timely and informative GA Voice.

{UPDATED}   follow up with the plaintiffs.





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Yesterday, BatGurl received an e-mail from a certain United States Senate candidate that merits a bit of discussion.  Namely, a few things about this email struck me as a bit wrong, and perhaps indicative of why this particular Senate candidate isn’t exactly serious.

1) I received the emails (for whatever inexplicable reason, I got four copies) between 11:00 pm and 11:45 pm.  At night.  Anyone who has sentient thoughts that you never send out a mass email so late, because the open rate is beyond terrible.  Oh, and you piss literally everyone off when their phone pings at bedtime.

2) The particular e-mail contained a picture of a certain also-ran Senate candidate with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and discussed something the First Lady said at a local party meeting.  But it left me with the distinct impression that Mrs. Carter was tacitly endorsing this campaign- something that literally anyone knows to be untrue.

If you send out a mass email with a picture of you and an individual, you had best be sure that said individual is a supporter of yours, or else you’re committing a major no-no.

Bonus 3) If you want to be taken seriously as a United States Senate Candidate, then you should not apparently spend large portions of your day trolling Facebook, looking for opportunities to inject yourself into some random person’s social media musings.  Dude.  You’re running for Senate.  Whether you like it or not, it’s something that requires tens of millions of dollars.  If you spend an iota of time on Facebook, commenting and liking statuses, you don’t get it.



The Good

A packed ballroom in Columbus for the Young Democrats of Georgia’s annual Convention this past Saturday. So much positive energy in the room with smart interesting people speaking and watching many of my friends getting well deserved awards. VERY GOOD.

Tonight is the first night of Passover and an excellent time to discuss what modern slavery looks like. Former President Carter breaks it down for you in his 28th book. Want additional progressive resources to discuss? Go here and here.  Not attending a seder tonight, thats ok these are relevant for you gentiles as well.

The full set of Atlanta natives OutKast Coachella reunion posted here. Nice.

Cosmo goes full on support of Reproductive Rights. Not a moment too soon.

The Bad

Anecdotes are not data. I repeat, anecdotes are not data.

$700,000 Ethics fine to be paid for by the Georgia Taxpayers. #ThanksNathanDeal

If the shoe fits.

The Ugly

Jenny McCarthy. The stupid and ugly, it burns.

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I have never been one who blindly believes in incumbency protection, just because the individual is an incumbent.  Phrased differently, I believe that there are some Democrats who do not deserve to be re-elected, and who (frankly) need to be removed from office, swiftly and diligently.  I believe you need to earn your keep- by voting right, by being loyal to your fellow Democrats, and by putting yourself on the line for the betterment of Georgia.

Senator Nan Orrock is probably one of the most deserving individuals of our praise, money, volunteer hours, and love.  Senator Orrock has been a stalwart in the Senate for years now, and she has never let up.  She’s outspoken, and man oh man is she a fighter.  When we say we need more women in politics, we mean more women like Nan Orrock.  WIN List deservedly has made Sen. Orrock a poster child of sorts, and I would buy that poster.

And then there are folks like Valencia Stovall.  I don’t know Representative Stovall, probably because she is in her first term.  But I hope it’s her last.  I’m frankly not 100% sure of her voting record.  Nor do I know what she is like amongst other members of the House Caucus.  But I can’t imagine she’s well loved.  Because of stunts like this.

In case you can’t see the site, or don’t want to give her any more traffic, Representative Stovall has a sister- Angela Stovall- who is running for office.  Against Nan Orrock.  And, in what I can only assume is an unprecedented move, Valencia Stovall is basically launching a joint campaign with her sister (who, again, is running against Nan Orrock).  So basically all I can hear is Rep. Stovall (a WIN List endorsed candidate in 2012) spitting in the eye of her colleague, Senator Orrock.  And I know I’m not alone.

Valencia Stovall has two challengers this cycle- both former Representatives themselves.  I hope one of them wins.  Because when you spend your time as a sitting State Representative actively trying to take down one of the most effective, outspoken, and amazing State Senators just so that your kin can have some fun at the Gold Dome, neither of you deserve a seat at the table.