After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]

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SHe Said Sept. 8, 2005

By |2005-09-08T09:00:00-04:00September 8th, 2005|News|

“Why is President Bush more concerned with the state of marriage than the state of Louisiana? ThatÕs what the New Orleans City Business paper asked in early February, a couple of weeks after BushÕs State of the Union address, in which the president called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, upon learning that BushÕs budget proposal recommended slashing $34 million from the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leaving the city with a $581 million shortfall for flood control and coastal erosion improvement projects.”
– Jason Leopold in a Sept. 3, 2005 essay on http://www.dissidentvoice.org.

“I think it would be healthy for the White House to be clear and for the senators to be clear that the other side will appoint judges to the court who will be inclined to redefine marriage or to take ‘under God’ out of the pledge. Our side would appoint judges with the common sense and judicial restraint not to.”
– Gary L. Bauer, president of the conservative group American Values on the current vacancies in the Supreme Court, as quoted by the New York Times, Sept. 5, 2005.

“Chief Justice Rehnquist’s record has been consistent Ñ consistently reactionary and consistently hostile to individual freedoms and equal justice, across the board. His record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights has been beyond regrettable; it has been dismal.”
– National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, Sept. 5, 2005.

“Equality is equality, period. When I leave this Legislature, I want to be able to tell my grandchildren I stood up for dignity and rights for all.”
– California Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol, on her support of a bill to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 1, 2005.

“Focus on the Family continues to trot out newly minted ex-gays for public consumption. This is all part of their rather grandly cynical agenda to marginalize the notion that sexual orientation is immutable like skin color (unless you own Neverland Ranch) and thereby entitled to insidious civil rights protection. Of course, FOTF has to act speedily to capitalize on each ex-gay’s feisty attempts to sneer at other homosexuals, as his ever-so-fleeting shelf life inevitably expires with an unpublicized lapse back into sodomy and nice shoes.”
– Betty Bowers, “America’s Best Christian,” in her Aug. 29, 2005 newsletter.

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