The Show Must Close

Watching the antics of Donald Trump is like watching the best reality show on TV, except that this is for real.  Just when you thought that he could not go lower, could not cross one more uncrossable line, he does.  There is both a horror and a thrill watching this election.  Horror as the sheer banality and ugliness of Trump.  Thrill at the show.  

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The Republican Party Platform of Bigotry and Hate

The amount of hate and bigotry in the Republican Party Platform emerging in advance of the Republican Convention next week is deeply disturbing.  According to the New York Times  the platform “amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012 — especially as it addresses gay men, lesbians and transgender people.” The article goes on to say that, “nearly every provision that expressed disapproval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage or transgender rights passed. The platform calls for overturning the Supreme Court marriage decision with a constitutional amendment and makes references to appointing judges “who respect traditional family values.

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Not Settled Law: Marriage Equality

The Advocate reported that the White House would give LGBT Syrian refugees priority for entry given the persecution they face under ISIS. The Advocate writes, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, “the administration would instead prioritize letting in those refugees ‘deemed to be the most vulnerable.’ LGBT people would be among those meeting that definition.” The article goes on to say that the State Department has said that, “priority would be placed on those facing extreme persecution,” and that the definition of those being persecuted included LGBT refugees. Another interesting dimension the article described was a change recently in the State Department definition of the word, ‘spouse’, which now includes LGBT. So LGBT spouses of Syrian refugees are now seen differently than they might have been, thanks to marriage equality.

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