Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

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October 18, 2012

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

New York, NY – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, making it the second federal appeals court to find DOMA unconstitutional. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit made a similar ruling in May of this year. Enacted by Congress in 1996, DOMA nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law. Continue reading

AFER: Proposition 8 Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing En Banc Filed by Anti-Marriage Proponents of Prop. 8

San Francisco, CA – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request from anti-marriage forces to reconsider its landmark ruling in Perry v. Brown that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Proposition 8 stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. Continue reading

This Is Why I Do The Work I Do

Despite the growing trend that embraces equality for all people there are still those with deep-seated bigotry who continue to bar us from our constitutional rights as human beings and Americans. For some, like Charles Worley, simply denying our basic civil rights is not nearly enough and actually advocate against our very right to exist. I for one, take that very personally and is one major reason why I do the work I do. Continue reading

Who’s Really Smearing Who? VanderSloot is No Victim

Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca, Obama, Mitt Romney, Idaho Statesman, Sean Cockerham, It's Elementary, Peter Zuckerman, Post-Register

The Idaho Statesman dedicated a large portion of its front page feeding the allegation by Frank VanderSloot that he is a victim of an alleged smear campaign backed by President Obama.

The May 18 article, “Idaho businessman VanderSloot says Obama is smearing him,” by Sean Cockerham lacked balance and simply aided VanderSloot in whitewashing his indisputable public anti-gay record. Continue reading

VanderSloot has Etch-a-Sketch Moment!

Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca, Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, Idaho Falls, Romney, 2012

Melaleuca CEO and Romney finance co-chair, Frank VanderSloot phoned in a new chapter of his billionaire victim story to Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show last Friday claiming he is has a target strapped to his back.

VanderSloot’s latest attempt to salvage his Mr. Nice Guy brand after weeks of national news coverage about his anti-gay record and attempts to silence bloggers and journalist, was to launch a golly gee gosh some of my best friends are gay poor me media strategy.

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Karma catches up with Romney finance co-chair Frank VanderSloot

MaddowVanderSloot-May-4-2012

Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca, Inc. CEO and co-chair for Finance for the Mitt Romney for President Campaign, got spanked with the truth on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Friday when she took the billionaire to the woodshed over attempts to squash free speech in Idaho.

Maddow also introduced the nation to former Idaho Falls Post-Register reporter Peter Zuckerman who was the victim of a VanderSloot vendetta for his award winning reporting that exposed the cover up of Boy Scout leader and child molester Bradley Stowell by Mormon Church leaders who ran the camp.

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Mitt Romney’s ‘Sugar Daddy’ Frank VanderSloot

Frank Rich, Rachel Maddow, Frank VanderSloot, New York Magazine, Sugar Daddies

Tonight’s guest on The Rachel Maddow Show for her segment ‘The Interview,’ was New York Magazine’s editor-at-large, Frank Rich who talked about his latest feature, Sugar Daddies: The old, white, rich men who are buying this election.

Rich commented on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign co-finance chair and Idahoan, Frank VanderSloot. Vandersloot is one of several Romney ‘Sugar Daddies” Rich features in his piece that have donated a $1 million or more to Romney’s super PAC.

Rich said this about VanderSloot:

“Romney is surrounded by a couple of sugar daddies like Frank VanderSloot, who’s name is not known to the public really, who are attached to companies that sell weird , in my view, weird health remedies and do all sorts of strange, housewives selling at home and make money kind of schemes. They are all regulated by government agencies who presumably will be defanged and have employees or friends and cronies of these sugar daddies in them if there is a Romney presidency.”

Here is an excerpt from New York Magazine’s Sugar Daddies:

…there’s Frank VanderSloot, the Professor Marvel behind Melaleuca, an ­Idaho-based company that promises to help “moms be moms” and “earn a corporate income from home,” even if they don’t have the financial cushion of, say, Ann Romney. Though a promotional video on its website features women who claim to have earned as much as $500,000 selling goods like dietary supplements (which purport to remedy clogged arteries and arthritis), the average Melaleuca peddler makes just $87 per year.

An industry critic, Robert L. FitzPatrick, elucidated for Mother Jones how companies like Melaleuca and Nu Skin are perfect examples of the vulture-capitalist business model: They set “the average person upon his neighbor to get at his assets, savings, and investments.” Romney, meanwhile, has applauded VanderSloot for having “vision and sense of social responsibility” that are “second to none. … VanderSloot and the Kochs have a long history of trying to intimidate (often with costly legal actions) the publications or websites that report on them.”

Just in case you missed it, those reporters Rich is talking about (yours truly included) are featured in Glenn Greenwald’s Feb. 17 Salon.com piece Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics: Frank VanderSloot, Romney finance co-chair, suppresses scrutiny by threatening reporters and bloggers also covered on Maddow, or my piece on BoingBoing.net Don’t let Mitt Romney’s anti-gay billionaire backer whitewash his intimidation of critics.

The Rachel Maddow Show ‘The Interview’ with Frank Rich:

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