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It's coming, bigots. Deal with it.
While most of America is coming to accept that marriage equality is a good thing, there's one bigot who's still damned proud to be a bigot and plans to be a bigot forever, thank you very much, and how dare anyone suggest otherwise.

That would be sore loser and former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, whose ass was electorally handed to her in 2008—in an election from which she has still yet to concede—because, she said, "the radical homosexual lobby, abortionists, gun-grabbers and all the rest of the extremists finally spent enough money, spread enough lies and fooled enough voters to defeat me."

Yeah, she's a real charmer, that one. She was also the proud sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, which is why it was rather shocking when the New York Times reported that Musgrave—yes, that Musgrave—was one of two dozen Republicans who "have added their names to a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to declare that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed."

Holy matrimony! When even the crazy lady who was defeated (but refused to concede) by the "radical homosexual lobby" realizes that California's Prop 8 is a real abomination and it's time to allow people who love each other to have the same rights as Newt Gingrich and his three wives, well, you know this battle is over. Congratulations, Marilyn, for coming to Jesus and seeing the—

Wait. What's this?

“I’m very befuddled by this story,” Musgrave told FOX31 Denver. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. I’m reading it thinking, ‘what in the world?’

“I wasn’t even aware of it. I have not changed my position. I’m trying to imagine where anyone would get that information and I can’t figure it out.”

Goal Thermometer

So never mind, then. Marilyn Musgrave still hates the gays just as much as she always did. Too bad for her, it doesn't matter. Because while she may want to go to her grave a proud bigot, even her own party is coming around, as is the rest of the country. Nine states have already legalized marriage equality; an Illinois House committee voted on Tuesday to approve the marriage equality bill that already passed the state Senate, and which the governor has promised to sign; and Oregon is collecting signatures now to put it on the 2014 ballot. So Musgrave can cling to her bigotry all she wants, but it really isn't going to matter.

P.S. Want to know where the Times got the crazy idea that Musgrave was on the equality train? From Musgrave's own former district director, former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel, who did sign the brief. Even the woman who used to work for a bigot "has become a strong advocate for LGBT rights." Poor Marilyn must be so lonely.

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Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  She misread the brief & did sign it (8+ / 0-)

    She thought it said that gays have the right to web, not to wed. After all, there's no problem with teh gay having the internet, so long as they don't turn it gay.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 12:46:01 PM PST

  •  i have a feeling (7+ / 0-)

    that she looked at a piece of paper and only saw the words "republicans" and "gay marriage," and concluded that it was something that was anti-marriage equality and signed it believing that.

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 01:19:15 PM PST

  •  Kind of an odd day for bigot history (6+ / 0-)

    On this day in 1922 the SCOTUS rejected a challenge to the 19th Amendment. Some wankers actually tried to claim the Constitution couldn't be modified to allow women the right to vote. The court, under Taft, delivered unanimous decisions against them on all three counts. So just remember, even when gay marriage becomes the law of the land the bigots will keep fighting it. Even amending the Constitution isn't enough to shut them the fuck up.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 03:49:55 PM PST

  •  Shouldn't that be (1+ / 0-)
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    "radical homosexual foyer".  

    Oh, she's talking agenda.  Never mind.

    I'd call her a douchenozzle, but that might be too kind.

    •  I was actually thinking... (1+ / 0-)
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      What the drink special was at this said lobby. It must be radically awesome, no?

    •  "Radical homosexual agenda" (3+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, commonmass, Forest Deva

      Hah hah hah. That term always makes me laugh.

      Better get on the train now, bigots, because it's leaving the station. How many folks wished in retrospect that they had stepped up during the Civil Rights Movement, and how many are embarrassed now that they didn't? There's still a little time to do something affirmative, positive, concrete - donate, call, convince people, push the issue in some concrete way.  I think a lot of the GOP types who are signing on to this amicus brief are thinking this way. They're at the point where inaction = possible future shame and political liability.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:08:31 PM PST

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  •  The district just south of hers... (1+ / 0-)
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    Has the first openly gay elected Rep - Jared Polis.  (Barney Frank was in the open when he was first elected).  Colorado - it's just that way.

    'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

    by RichM on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 03:54:54 PM PST

  •  I still don't understand... (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, commonmass

    Why people take all of this time and energy to work against equality.

    Well, politicians, I understand: they want to get elected and appealing to hate/fear is a good way to get elected.

    And I guess the leaders of those "family" organizations I also understand: hey, you got to put food on the table at night.

    But those people who take time out of a beautiful weekend day to spend it chanting offensive slogans at a Gay Pride Parade? What are they thinking? I mean, really. Just live and let live for crying out loud.

    •  But.. but.. SIN!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      The evangelical faiths, the ones that try to convert people to their world view also try to control people. Because if you can't convert them you've got to at least try to control them because eventually you will either eliminate them or force them to submit to your will.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:01:41 PM PST

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    •  It's a substitute for (1+ / 0-)
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      a working personality. Get all outraged about something and spend all your time on it and you're all set.

  •  Marilyn Mugrave of Terri Schiavo infamy (1+ / 0-)
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    Although that was one time Bush took decisive action, actually cutting short his vacation, in contrast to Katrina.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 03:55:42 PM PST

  •  I wouldn't trust a kid (0+ / 0-)

    around someone like Marilyn Musgrave, or the rest of those Christianist "pro-family" types.  Too much violence, too much hate, too much abuse.

    But change is coming, even to the GOP.  Part of my work involves LGBT immigrants and refugees, and it's interesting seeing how immigrant communities adapt as they are here for a while and begin to develop some tolerance.  I actually see this happening with some conservatives too. Somehow I get GOP Eagle Forum emails on my Yahoo account - spam, of course, but I've never unsubscribed because sometimes they are either funny or instructive as to understanding the GOP mindset.  Well, the other day there was an article on those funny liberals and how they let kids be transgender - a boy wants to dress as a girl and the parents are trying to work with the school to just leave it be and let the kid alone. Most of the comments were of the standard variety one would expect:  Beat some sense into the kid, if he's got a penis, he's male and should act like a boy.  

    But here's an honest-to-god response from a Republican, which just confirms to me that change is coming (Block quote doesn't work on this computer):

    "Ah, lovely... You are the ultra-right wingnuts who give the Republican party a bad name and typecast us as a bunch of ignorant God-fearing fundamentalists.

    You really think kids like this and other people who fall under the lgbt category can just snap out of it? All of the empirical and scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates otherwise. And no, I am not one of them; I am one-hundred percent biologically male with no desire to change that and I definitely like women. I know whatever doctrine you adhere to keeps you from critical thinking, but I submit that you just attempt to deny your own heterosexual desires and better yet, experiment with homosexuality and/or crossdressing. Somehow I doubt those efforts would take. Who knows, some of you might be better off based on the intolerant postings I have seen! ... You are the same type of people who had no qualm with the “God hates fags” demonstrations at Matthew Shepard’s funeral. Maybe someday you will have more empathy when someone close to you comes out of the closet or admits to having transgender issues..."

    And this from a Republican... times are changing.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:51:01 PM PST

  •  she's not lonely (0+ / 0-)

    she's just befuddled that her former district director could have been "fooled" by the radical homosexual lobby et al.  You know, "befuddled" - literally, to be possessed by the spirit of Elmer Fudd.

    When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

    by Sick Semper on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:37:51 PM PST

  •  I'd Nearly Forgotten About The Muskrat (0+ / 0-)

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:17:46 PM PST

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