Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Revealed - How Kim Davis got her SOTU invite

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) provided the ticket for Davis

Thanks to the Huffington Post, we now know how the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council got Kim Davis an invite to Obama's State of the Union address:

It's been a mystery all day on Capitol Hill: Which member of Congress invited controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to the State of the Union address? Well, we finally have an answer. It was House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

There's a reason the secret was kept so well. Jordan did not know he had invited Davis until The Huffington Post asked him about it and he checked with his staff.

"I didn't invite anyone," Jordan initially said late Tuesday afternoon, as he was jogging to House votes. When pressed on whether he had given his ticket to the Family Research Council, which then gave it to Davis -- which is what a Democratic aide told HuffPost had happened -- Jordan said he would have to confirm with his office. "I don't know," he said.

"My understanding is they gave them to the Family Research Council," Jordan said, promising to call his staff and get back in touch.

Jordan was later spotted in the Capitol basement, on the phone with his communications director, confirming what had happened.

"Yeah, so we gave a ticket to -- at the request of the Family Research Council -- we gave the ticket to Kim Davis' family," he said

Oh well.  We all can take luxury that while Davis and her lawyer from another anti-gay hate group, the Liberty Counsel, will be sitting in a floor seat mad at the fact that marriage equality is a reality, Jim Obergefell - the plantiff in the case which legalized marriage equality - will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama as a special guest.

As far as I'm concerned, that's VERY appropriate

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So who gave Kim Davis the formal invite to the SOTU.  No one is talking.

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Anti-gay hate group gets Kim Davis a seat at State of the Union address

So anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is attending President Obama's final State of the Union address.

That's not the real story. The real story is that the equally anti-gay (so much so that it has been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) Family Research Council arranged for her to attend. How many hate groups do you know can arrange for someone to attend such a high function as a State of the Union address?

Perhaps the lgbt community should stop focusing so much on the pawn (Davis) and make a greater effort in stopping the entities pushing the pawn (FRC, etc).  The fact that FRC continues to have influence in spite of its history of lies, distortions, and homophobia is not only an indictment of the culture in Washington, but it's also a serious indictment of the lgbt community and our leadership.

There is simply no excuse for pussyfooting around and allowing this organization to push its falsehoods without some seriously intelligent pushback:

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