House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at an April 28, 2016, press conference at the Capitol pushing HR 3185, known as the Equality Act
What are Democrats to do when they can’t make same-sex marriage the law of the land in America by going through the legislative process?
Count on the U.S. courts and president to do it for them, of course.
At least that’s according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who declared Thursday that the Supreme Court handed America a victory on same-sex marriage that Democrats “couldn’t get legislatively” but had to be achieved through “the courts.”
“Just to place where we are in context from the standpoint of Congress, when we came into the majority we had four points, it was a four-legged stool of what we wanted to accomplish,” Pelosi said at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol that promoted HR 3185, known as the Equality Act, legislation that amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes from “discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.”
As the first item on the four-point agenda, Pelosi said her party desired a “fully inclusive hate crimes legislation,” and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was pushed through in 2009 and signed by President Obama.
Secondly, she said, “The next leg of the stool would not have happened without the president’s leadership and courage, and that is the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” the U.S. military’s policy barring service members from being open about their homosexuality while serving in the armed forces. That policy was repealed by President Obama in 2011 after a federal court judge issued an injunction banning its enforcement.
Third on the list was same-sex marriage.
“Another piece of our agenda was to promote marriage equality in our country. Legislatively, we couldn’t really succeed,” Pelosi lamented.
Rather, she said, U.S. courts and the Supreme Court handed them that “victory” in 2015.
“But the courts and the rest, and public opinion, of course, in the actual courts and in the court of the public opinion, that victory has been won,” she declared.
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Finally, Pelosi said, there’s the fourth goal in the Democrats’ plan.
“There’s one other piece, which is ENDA [Employment Non-Discrimination Act, precursor to HR 3185], ending discrimination in the workplace, which is really a very important piece of the agenda,” she said. “But as we were seeing the successes and the momentum, especially of the marriage equality, we saw the opportunity to do something bigger.”
Pelosi said she and her colleagues have sent a letter urging Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to begin hearings on the Equality Act.
Donald Trump’s rally in Costa Mesa, California, was marked by violent protests from “almost entirely Latino” individuals, many waving Mexican flags, that led police to arrest at least 20 – though eyewitnesses said supporters of the billionaire businessman were all peaceful and the swell of aggression stemmed solely from the opposition camps.
“The Trump supporters were the peaceful people singing patriotic songs, festive and happy, while the protesters were very angry and high aggression,” one rally attendee, Terry Krokosz, told Breitbart.
He described the scene as chaotic due to a crowd of 70 or so protesters that quickly grew into the hundreds.
The agitators swarmed the intersection outside the Pacific Amphitheatre and blocked traffic, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“They were very aggressive,” Krokosz said. “When we were leaving, there were a lot of people in cars, Mexican flags hanging out the windows. A guy was doing donuts and the intersection was shut down. We saw people marching through the intersection.”
A police car was seen with smashed windows and a person was jumping up and down on top of the vehicle. Another person wrote “F–k Trump” on a police cruiser, and others slashed a police SUV’s tires and tried to overturn another law-enforcement vehicle.
A Los Angeles Times reporter posted a photograph of a man with a bloodied face wearing a Trump shirt on Twitter. Journalist Matt Pearce tweeted, with the photo: “Trump supporter got hurt.”
The Donald Trump rally in California descended into violent protests.
Fights broke out all over, with protesters chanting the likes of “racists go home” at the Trump supporters, and “Whose streets? Our streets,” while at least one driver began spinning donuts in the middle of the street action, NBC said.
Jose Cruz, 21, told the Los Angeles Times that the protests reflected “the anger people have against Trump.”
One eyewitness took to Twitter to post a video of the wrecked police vehicle, which protesters then jumped upon, and wrote: “Protesters just wrecked this cop car. Bashed in windows, jumping on top of it.”
Orange County Sheriff’s officials reported nobody was injured.
In a tweet, the sheriff’s office wrote: “Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates.”
In March, a protest at a Trump rally that was planned but canceled in Chicago wrapped in physical violence and chaos, with several fights breaking out between candidate supporters and opponents.
The violence Thursday night in Orange County took place as Trump addressed a crowd of thousands during his first rally in California, where he honored the families of those killed by illegal aliens.
Trump was joined on stage by Jamiel Shaw, whose son was murdered by an illegal alien in 2008, as well as with other members of the Remembrance Project.
“They’re unbelievable, they’ve suffered,” Trump said before bringing them up on the stage. “These are great people.”
Trump also said, various media reported: “They all have a very similar story to tell. People that shouldn’t have been here, people that should have never been allowed to come over the border and they come here like its nothing, they walk through it like its nothing.”
Taking the microphone, Shaw reiterated Trump’s “make America great” mantra.
“We demand Americans first,” he said. “We don’t care about illegal aliens.”
Attendees, meanwhile, cheered.
“Build the wall,” they chanted.
And Trump’s response?
“We’re going to stop it and we’re going to build a wall,” he said, speaking of illegal immigration.