Tuesday, April 18

Legislative Alert

After bouncing around the states for months, the effort to ban Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps' anti-gay demonstrations at military funerals has reached the federal level. Despite questions about First Amendment rights, the NYTimes cites con law experts who think there may be a precedent for upholding such statutes.

And in other bigot brigade news, the right-wing Alliance for Marriage is gearing up for a possible June vote in the Senate on the Federal Marriage Amendment by courting black and Hispanic pastors in several key states, the WashTimes reports. While gay-baiting on the spurious DOMA issue saved Dubya's butt in the 2004 elections, one wonders if the GOP's current troubles can really be fixed by wedge politics this year.