November election uncertain and lawmakers are reluctant to prefile billsSep 13th, 2010 | By News Tips: firstname.lastname@example.org | Category: Kentucky Guardian News, Kentucky Political News, Lead Story
With public corruption in Kentucky at an all time high and negative revenues that predate the Cold War, everyone says they have the answer.
Front and center stage during the election is the issue of gay marriage, an issue Democrats hoped would not surface again until after the election. According to national polls, it isn’t safe to support U.S. President Obama or be an incumbent Democrat this year.
In Whitley County, the home of Kentucky Republican Senate President David L. Williams (who will oppose incumbent Governor Steve Beshear next year), the County Fiscal Court issued a resolution urging the Kentucky Legislature to force the federal government’s hand to pass a national constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. (previous story)
As an apparent counter action to the resolution passed by the Whitley County Fiscal Court in August, the former president of the Kentucky Equality Federation (now listed as “public advocate” for the organization) has decided to push the issue with change.org by creating an online petition in support for same-sex marriage.
The action is listed “in honor of” their recently deceased former volunteer Kimball Roy who co-founded part of Kentucky Equality Federation and served as assistant secretary and assistant treasurer for the organization.
Election Not Certain
Websites are popping us across the internet called “Yes We Scam,” related to U.S. President Obama (D). “Yes We Scam” is only one of many right-wing sites appearing across the internet claiming U.S. President Obama is a lair and has weakened the nation.
U.S. President Obama is suffering while another head of state and government, Governor Steve Beshear’s (D) approval ratings remain relatively solid, especially with Kentucky’s gay community after he reinstated a rescinded executive order to protect gay and lesbian people in Kentucky Government in 2008. (previous story)
Last year the Honorable (and we use her official style with pride) senior Representative Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) proposed legislation to repeal Kentucky’s 2004 Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
Marzian, a powerful figure in the Kentucky House of Representatives stated: “I prefiled this bill [to overturn Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage] to let our LGBT Kentucky citizens know that there are people in the House of Representative who believe that all Kentuckians deserve justice and equality.” (Representative Marzian on Facebook)
Later this month, the University of Louisville’s Office for LGBT Services will celebrate “gay pride week.” The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky are routinely targeted by the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the American Family Association of Kentucky. The goal was been to stop domestic partner benefits at Kentucky’s largest universities. (previous story)
Kentucky Lawmakers Reluctant To Prefile Bills This Year
This year you will find little to no prefiled legislation in Kentucky, a sign that Kentucky lawmakers are not ready to push any particular agenda.
With the Kentucky Legislature going into session again in less than four months, by mid-September you would normally find a minimum of 20-30 prefiled bills, but not this year. (view)
However, incumbent lawmakers are not sure of the outcome of the November 02, 2010 election and Democrats openly admitted that they “ran away,” or “insulted,” U.S. President Obama just to win their May primaries, and most by slim margins [especially in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York]. (source 1), (source 2), (source 3)
For better or worse, both Kentucky and the nation are moving in different directions and this election will determine who will control both the Kentucky and the U.S. Senate.
Other Current National Gay Marriage Controversies
The social media is rife with “gotcha moments.” From Sarah Palin’s “refudiate” comment, to an Iowa GOP politician suggesting that AIDS was God’s punishment for homosexuality, the gaffes on Facebook and Twitter seem to come a mile a minute. Add Montana Tea Party leader Tim Ravndal to the list, who endorsed violence against gay people on his Twitter account. (source)
Rapper 50 Cent also wrote on his Twitter account that he had one of his “homies shoot up a gay wedding,” because blogger Perez Hilton called him a “douche bag.” (source)
This is not the first time Hilton has angered people and brought unwanted negative attention on the gay community. (previous story)
This time however, even the national organization GLAAD is distancing itself from Hilton.