Are rights from God. . . or man?

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . .”

Thomas Jefferson acknowledge the foundation of true liberty by asking, “God, who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

Jefferson was keenly aware of a threat that now challenges the basic fabric of our country. While interviewing with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on gay marriage issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN host Chris Cuomo stated, “Times change, definitions change” and then claimed, “Our [rights] do not come from God Your Honor and you know that. They come from man.”

Moore kept his responses based on the Declaration of Independence which has been defined by law to be the organic law, or foundational law, of the United States. Cuomo objected, “Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country.” Moore reiterated that his position is not based on faith but on U.S. laws.

See a short segment of the interview at CNSNews.com or the entire interview from CNN’s New Day:

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Clarion-Ledger: State’s gay marriage ban’s days appear numbered

On October 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from 5 states where lower courts ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.  By refusing to hear those appeals, the bans on same-sex marriage are overturned and the Supreme Court is unlikely to rule in favor of any bans in the future.

Geoff Pender reports that many legal experts believe it is only a matter of time before Mississippi’s ban will be overturned.  Even state Representative Andy Gipson (R-77), Pastor of Gum Springs Baptist Church, says to prepare for Mississippi’s constitutional ban to be overturned.

Gov. Phil Bryant remains defiant, “In 2004, over 86 percent of Mississippi voters supported a constitutional amendment providing that marriage in Mississippi is valid only between a man and a woman.  I will continue to uphold the constitution of the state of Mississippi.”

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Yes, There is a Democrat Primary on June 3rd

Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Travis Childers and 4th Congressional District Democrat opponents Trish Causey and Matt Moore met last Thursday to promote the Democrat Primary on June 3rd.

Childers emphasized his commitment to public education and against education vouchers.

Causey emphasized her advocacy for women’s and gay rights.  Moore stated that, based on Democrat numbers alone, they should be able to win in the general elections despite Mississippi being considered a Republican stronghold.

All 3 expressed commitment to a minimum wage increase, healthcare coverage for the working poor, and women’s rights.

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Gay rights supporters gain ground in Mississippi

NewsMS reported a fourth Mississippi city has passed a resolution recognizing people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in Another LGBT Resolution Passes, Add Magnolia to the List.  In a 3-2 vote, the Magnolia Board of Aldermen passed the resolution affirming the “dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)”. 

On the heels of Magnolia’s resolution,  [Human Rights Campaign is] planning $8.5 million LGBT campaign in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the self-proclaimed largest civil rights advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality, will be opening offices in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas and staffing them with around 20 people each. 

HRC asserts that people who know and care for gay people are more likely to support expanded LGBT rights.  With “Project One America,” HRC hopes to convince those concealing their sexual orientation to become public and accelerate the acceptance and adoption of gay rights in Mississippi and across the South.

Rep. Gipson: Unapolgetically conservative

Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) is an attorney and Baptist pastor.  And in her report in the Clarion-Ledger, Analysis: Gipson wields influence, Emily Wagster Pettus says he is one of the most influential lawmakers in the state.

As the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee, he was influential in a number of bills including House Bill 585 (improve efficiency and costs of the state’s criminal justice system) and House Bill 1400 (banned abortion at 20 weeks).  He helped push through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Senate Bill 2681) in spite of all the opposition.

Gipson is a notably vocal opponent of gay rights since President Obama changed his stance on gay marriage in 2012.  He has remained a staunch opponent of gay rights even with calls for his resignation and the other pressures associated with taking a Biblical stand on a range of issues.

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Advocates push Gay rights in Mississippi

After claiming credit for stripping language from Senate Bill 2681 that would have allowed individuals to deny service based on religious beliefs, the Campaign for Southern Equality is continuing their push for gay rights in Mississippi.

Via their “WE DO Campaign,” the Campaign for Southern Equality is seeking a sympathetic, local elected official in the south to grant a marriage license to a gay couple.  Short of that goal, homosexuals around the state of Mississippi and the South are planning to apply for marriage licenses on March 25th.  Since gay marriage is not legal in the state, gay rights advocates expect to us the denials as evidence of the harm that is caused by prohibitions against same-sex couples.  Undoubtedly, gay rights advocates will use those experiences in law suits to force their will upon the people.

Human Rights Campaign LogoProdded by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), three Mississippi cities, Starkville, Hattiesburg, and Oxford have passed resolutions this year that recognize the “dignity and worth of . . . lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [residents].”  HRC’s mission statement declares, “HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.”  Vice President Joe Biden addressed HRC on March 22nd and stated, “Barack [Obama] and I believe that the rights of  [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] people is an inseparable part of America’s promotion of human rights around the world.”

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Democrat Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Trish Causey

If the Republican Candidates for Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District all look too similar for you to make a choice, look no further than the Democrat candidates.

As outlined by Paul Hampton, Trish Causey labels herself as “Staunchly progressive.”  Described as an artist and grassroots activist, Causey calls herself a lifelong activist on her campaign website.

  • National Security:  A pacifist; repeal the Patriot Act, close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  The “humanitarian side of the military [as in post-disaster relief] should be lauded and fostered.”
  • Gay Issues:  Fully supports equal rights and privileges for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons.
  • Abortion:  Supports  unrestricted abortion.
  • Education:  Raise teacher pay, make student loans more available, and teach “students skills they will need for college and in the real world.”
  • Public Health:  Support marijuana legalization, expand Medicaid, supports Obamacare.
  • Economy:  Supports a “living wage” (increasing the minimum wage, legalizing and taxing marijuana, pro-union, and supports “fair pay and equal representation” for women.
  • Environment:  Address climate change, promote alternative fuels, ban genetically modified foods, preserve natural resources, protect the environment.

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