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The first question presented to the Supreme Court was whether or not the constitution requires a state to license same-sex marriage. The Constitution in no way requires states and their citizens to license same sex marriage, yet the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise. By doing so, it has redefined an institution that has proven through the centuries to benefit humanity.
Redefining marriage has severe social and cultural repercussions that we can expect to see in the wake of this decision. Particular concerns arise as we consider how marriage affects children and parental rights. We know that children and families are stronger when a married, committed mother and father are present. Don’t our children at least deserve this? We’ve already seen the results of the disintegration of marriage. Redefining marriage to include same-sex partners will only lead us to further cultural instability.
The second part of this decision has also undermined the Tenth Amendment. Voters in 31 States have already voted to keep the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. By disregarding this, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds. The Supreme Court should not be able to overrule the United States citizens with a one case ruling. According to the ruling, States would need to recognize same sex marriages performed lawfully out-of-state regardless of the opinion of that State’s citizens.
While we are disappointed in the ruling, this is not the end of the debate. In fact, this is the beginning of larger discussion on marriage, family and the importance that both these issues have in our country’s well being.
Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, “We are severely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s lack of respect for the millions of citizens across the United States who believe in traditional marriage. This was not the Supreme Court’s decision to make, however, we still remain hopeful. We remain hopeful in the health and goodness that marriage between a man and a woman brings to our state and our nation.”
Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.
Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision affirming that marriage equality is the law of the land:
“Today’s decision marks a truly historic day in our fight for equal rights, a victory that was only possible because of the tremendous leadership of courageous individuals in New Hampshire and across our nation.”
“I have been extremely proud to stand with Governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan as they have fought to affirm true equality for all under the law, and our state’s leadership on marriage equality and LGBT rights also wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of Senate President Larsen and Speaker Norelli. We must also recognize thte extraordinary leadership of President Obama, Congresswoman Kuster, Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congressman Hodes who have all fought tirelessly in Washington for the Granite State values of freedom and inclusion.”
“Although Granite Staters have been leaders in the fight for equal rights for many years, there are still far too many that want to reverse our progress. The New Hampshire Republican Party (whose anti-equality platform is now unconstitutional), Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, and every one of the Republican presidential hopefuls have all fought against the rights of our neighbors, friends, and relatives. We cannot and we will not let them pull our nation backward.”
First to Target a GOP Presidential Candidate
SEATTLE, WA -- Jonathan Martin, columnist for the Seattle Times broke the news today that "Truth Squad 2016" was formed to let voters know about Mike Huckabee's horrific record as governor of Arkansas. Read the story below for all the details. Here's the Link, too: CLICK HERE
One of those prisoners released early was Maurice Clemmons who had been sentenced to 108 years in state prison, but Huckabee let him out after he had only served 11 years. After Clemmons was released he moved to Seattle, Washington.Originally published June 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm Updated June 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm
widow of slain Lakewood officer Sgt. Mark Renninger. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)
A widow of the Lakewood police shootings is turning her sights to Mike Huckabee, who granted mercy to her husband’s killer, writes Jonathan Martin.
On the fourth anniversary of her husband’s murder, Kim Renninger got a tattoo on the instep of her left foot reading, “Keep moving one step forward.”
It is a discreet, poignant reminder of her mission to make something out of the death of Sgt. Mark Renninger and three officers in the 2009 Lakewood police shootings — the worst act of violence ever committed against police in Washington. Her to-do list has included a change to the state Constitution, reform of interstate parole rules and keeping watch over the seven felony prosecutions stemming from the shooting.
Now comes the last big one: holding Mike Huckabee accountable for his role in the tragedy. The former Arkansas governor and contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination made a disastrous decision to grant clemency to Mark Renninger’s killer, Maurice Clemmons, which set him on the path to that Parkland coffee shop.
And despite hearing from the president, vice president and governors of at least three states, Kim Renninger has never received a call or a note from Huckabee.
“The person who got this ball rolling was Huckabee,” said Renninger. “I don’t have any other way to hold him accountable or make change. I can’t sue him. This is the way to do it.”
Spotlighting Huckabee’s Maurice Clemmons problem may take her to the Iowa presidential caucuses, which Huckabee won in 2008, or appearances on TV ads. She is getting advice from a GOP political consultant and former presidential candidate, Fred Karger. Renninger found Karger after reading his sharp critique of Huckabee. That led them to create a political action committee (PAC) called Truth Squad 2016. Karger is fundraising now, targeting an initial budget of $1 million.
Renninger could be a big problem for Huckabee because she has a legitimate grievance. I co-wrote a book, with Ken Armstrong, about Clemmons and the Lakewood police shootings called “The Other Side of Mercy.” I was struck by the apparent casualness of some of Huckabee’s choices.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (AP Photo/Charlie... More
As governor, he used his power to pardon or commute sentences 1,033 times over 11 years — twice as often as his three predecessors (including Bill Clinton) did in 17 years. Clemency decisions gone wrong have been well-chronicled, particularly in Arkansas, including the release of a rapist named Wayne DuMond, who raped and murdered again when given a second chance by Huckabee.
The power of clemency — the unfettered right of an executive to free inmates or wipe a record clean — can be an important relief valve in the criminal-justice system. Governors tend to cringe at its inherent political risks and have underused it. But Huckabee is a bad vehicle for a broader reconsideration of redemption because he was a clemency radical.
Clemmons was a poor candidate for mercy. Yes, he had been sentenced to 108 years as a teenager for a series of crimes, including for assault and for stealing a state trooper’s gun from his home. But Clemmons was an abysmal prison inmate, accumulating 29 disciplinary infractions versus zero accomplishments. He spewed venom in letters from prison. His only record of rehabilitation were self-serving statements. Prosecutors repeatedly opposed parole.
Renninger acknowledges that Huckabee was just a link in a chain of poor decisions that led to the shootings on Nov. 29, 2009, in that coffee shop. But it galls her that this part of Huckabee’s record has been mostly skipped by the media so far in favor of his defense of reality-TV star Josh Duggar.
“The clemency issue should be the discussion. It’s a big decision with lasting effects,” said Renninger. “I think there’s a time and a place for clemency. But it has to be used wisely, not like Huckabee used it.”
Huckabee has accurately said that a prominent judge supported clemency and that, as governor, he followed the unanimous recommendation of his parole board to cut Clemmons’ sentence effectively in half. In a statement, Huckabee portrayed Kim Renninger as a tool of “Washington and Wall Street elites” who typically fund political attacks.
“It’s heartbreaking that these widows are being exploited for the political benefit of these secret-agenda-driven ‘super PAC’ donors. This is Washington, D.C.,-style gutter politics at its worst.”
When I met with Renninger Wednesday, it was clear she was no political puppet, but a woman with a mission. She has not remarried and her 8-year-old son, Nick, is among the nine children of the slain officers. He has no memory of his father, but constantly asks about him.
“I didn’t lose my husband. He was murdered. I know where he’s buried in Pennsylvania,” said Renninger. “What I did lose is I lost my family. I lost trust. I lost security. I lost comfort. Literally every aspect of my life has changed.”
For now, she’s the only grieving family member involved with the Truth Squad group. “I’m the first, but I won’t be the last.”