As of today, exactly half of the members of the US Senate support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Senator Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware, and Senator Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, both announced their support of marriage equality. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper on Tuesday became the latest Senate Democrat to
Nine Senate Democrats remain non-supporters of marriage equality today, thanks to Bob Casey’s thoughtful announcement this morning
If there’s a pile of money to be picked over in American politics, whether it’s Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign in 1996, Rupert Murdoch’s wallet in this century, or the RNC’s ten-million dollar effort to re-brand itself for Latino voters, you can bet toe-sucking whoremonger Dick Morris will be nearby peddling a solution, ready to hoover up the cash.
I really do believe that Harry Reid must have a sign-up board at Democratic caucus meetings so that these eager converts don’t step on each others’ press announcements. Or maybe Dick Durbin stage-manages these guys so they don’t fall all over each other climbing on the bandwagon.
Prior to this week’s historic arguments at the Supreme Court, and certainly before the Court issues its decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA (most likely at the end of June) we’re seeing US Senators lining up for marriage equality. After former first lady, US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her unqualified support for LGBT equality, including marriage, last week, it seems like the moderate caucus of the Democratic Senators has found permission to jump aboard the bandwagon.
“Only 12% of the public want to see a cut in Social Security payments”.
Daniel Hernandez does a remarkable job of taking us inside that day his boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot, a day none of us would hope to be inside of, ever. He recalls his specific feelings and frustrations at being at the absolute center of the event, but knowing little about its outcome. And then, in an avalanche of media attention, he describes how he undertook an overwhelming 215 interviews by the day of the memorial service in Tucson. There he met President Obama and the First Lady. There his iconic media status was cemented by that hug from the President, who said to him, moments after announcing to a cheering crowd that he had just come from Gabby Giffords’ hospital bedside, where she’d opened her eyes for the first time: “And, Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it, but we’ve decided you are a hero, because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive.”
Thus began the journey of a young man who became an icon for so many: a gay, Hispanic student intern who ran toward danger to save a Congresswoman shot in the line of duty and ended up sitting with the First Lady at the State of the Union
I’m delighted to host today’s Book Salon with Daniel Hernandez, whose early first response saved Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in Tucson more than two years ago. Parts of this book are hard to read, particularly Daniel’s evocative first chapters about the shooting itself.
It’s also amazing to think that this tragedy happened more than two years ago. How far we’ve come since then — and how many other tragedies like this one have occured! And yet, no action’s been taken to mitigate any of the circumstances that allowed it. Reading the first chapters, about the shooting and its immediate aftermath, brings back difficult emotions: I remember vividly that we all had heard that the Congresswoman had died. Besides my feelings for her family, friends, and constituents, I remember thinking that day, “Well, surely now, Congress will do something about these gun massacres.”
Even a decade ago, when the past ten years’ progress was almost unthinkable, same-sex marriages were vastly more approved in America than interracial marriages were at the time the US Supreme Court weighed in on them.
Strong majorities of Americans in all categories but GOP and Olds support marriage equality today. According to a new ABC-Washington Post poll, support for legal same-sex marriages has now reached 58%. The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples