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Brad Pitt for governor!

Posted by Fawxer | September 18, 2008 7:06 AM

That was a beautiful statement he released. I'm impressed.

It just seems ridiculous to me that a chruch would get involved in lobbying for this amendment. Yes, everyone knows you think homosexuality is a sin. So are, you know, greed, lust, gluttony, wrath, sloth, envy, and pride. Are you going to work to make those illegal as well? How is that helping anybody?

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 18, 2008 7:14 AM

The Mormons also want to help Arizona pass an amendment:

Posted by patrick | September 18, 2008 7:31 AM

Do married people have the right to tax me more than themselves? Every time someone gets married, we single folk pay more taxes.

Posted by John Bailo | September 18, 2008 7:37 AM

@4. Please explain to me how your (you personally) marginal tax rate went up because I got married last year. Really.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 18, 2008 7:53 AM

Just gave them $50. Thanks for the link.

Posted by Obama or Canada | September 18, 2008 8:06 AM

@4 Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I have no idea how this LIE gets spread around.

Posted by ryan | September 18, 2008 8:22 AM

not quite mr ballo, but close.

you are confused with the exchange between bells ringing and angels being awarded wings.

and those are close only if you are retarded.

Posted by patrick | September 18, 2008 8:27 AM

@4. You're being especially dense today. Ever hear of the marriage penalty? You know, the situation where when people get married they pay more, not less, taxes. And it's completely irrelevant (on the federal level) right now anyway because of DOMA so same sex married couples would be taxed as singles any way.

Posted by NealH | September 18, 2008 8:27 AM


Lies make better bait than the truth when a-trolling for biters.

I want a constitutional amendment in favor of comment moderation on the Slog.

Posted by elenchos | September 18, 2008 8:29 AM

I work for a religious organization in Palm Springs and we've received DVDs, marketing packets, you name it from the Yes on Prop 8 people. Too bad our organization is totally supporting No on Prop 8 and our religious leaders are currently performing ALL marriages.

The Prop 8 stuff goes right into the trash, and it's all from out of state.

Posted by Soupytwist | September 18, 2008 8:29 AM

Yes yes yes - going to donate right now. Thanks for the link.

All the conservative churches opposed to marriage for gays have united on this one. Included Mormons, Catholics and Evangelicals. What a motley stew.

But they are very serious opponents. I did a bit of research and one of the Salt Lake papers has a story the 5 million has gone to Calif. from individuals Mormons in Utah.
They are not shy. Where are the rich gays and more Hollywood?

Thanks Dan, 50.00 a week for the next five weeks.... Victory in California!!!

If you are members of the National Big time Gay Orgs., insist they send more money to California. To win, we must spend millions on media in that state.

Posted by John | September 18, 2008 8:35 AM

John Bailo is referring to the the Republican push to provide "incentives" for marriage. The thinking goes that if married couples are given tax breaks simply for being married, they are paying less than they would if they were still two single people. I have no idea if this is true or not, but we do know that breeders get tax breaks for having multiple kids.

The Bailo thinking is also assuming a "Zero Sum Game" of taxation. If someone is paying less in taxes, that means someone else has to pay more to make up the difference. Unfortunately, in the Bush tax scheme, it's more of a "Negative Sum Game", where tax revenues are just decreased all over, as high income folks pay less in taxes and the rest see their income decrease and therefore their tax contributions decline too.

Posted by Sir Vic | September 18, 2008 8:45 AM

I didn't know Brad could talk so pretty. I wonder who wrote that for him.

Posted by Cat in Chicago | September 18, 2008 8:55 AM

@14 who wrote it for him? Probably the studio behind his recent roll in Burn After Reading in which he plays a gay man.

Posted by Non | September 18, 2008 9:04 AM

@13: "The thinking goes that if married couples are given tax breaks simply for being married, they are paying less than they would if they were still two single people. I have no idea if this is true or not, but we do know that breeders get tax breaks for having multiple kids."

Well, anyone gets tax breaks for having multiple kids, adopted or biological. And Brad Pitt gets that whether he marries Angelina or not. Although, any given kid can only be claimed on one tax form, I think so I'm guessing that parents who aren't federally-married put the kids on the parent's taxes that gets them the most benefit.

Posted by amy! | September 18, 2008 9:38 AM

Oh, I'm so dissapointed (even though I know I shouldn't be). These two very cute Mormon boys have been coming by lately. They're very sweet & virginal seeming. They even mowed my lawn!

Oh well, at least I get the pleasure of yelling at them now. "Get the fuck off my lawn!"

Posted by Jennifer | September 18, 2008 10:00 AM

Mormons...ugh. What idiotic turds they are. I never thought I'd say this but Brad is more than just a pretty face. He's also a decent and genorous person.

Posted by Vince | September 18, 2008 10:20 AM

I am shocked--shocked!--to learn that John Bailo @4 is single!

(And that he seems to resent those whose relationships have cleared the dauntingly high bars of happiness and stability requisite to marriage.)

Posted by lostboy | September 18, 2008 10:20 AM

Not all Utahns are against gay marriage.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune this morning, Bruce Bastian - the gay ex-Mormon co-founder of WordPerfect - donated one million dollars to help fight Prop 8.

This outspends all other Utah donors combined. So take that, Mormon church.

Posted by Indy | September 18, 2008 10:24 AM

I wish there was more of an against-all-marriage movement.

The part of my wedding day where I signed a legal document was the worst part of that day. I was in a church, why was the government there in paper form? Marriage is a religious institution and therefore should be removed from every law, and only performed and recognized by individual churches. Remember that whole separation of church and state deal?

Civil unions for all! Where straight/gay/bi unions should be able to exist between two, three, or however many men or women. They can be sexual or not. It shouldn't be up to the government to decide.

OK, done ranting. I should give some money now.

Posted by ryan | September 18, 2008 10:54 AM

Just donated also. Thanks for the link!

Posted by avatar | September 18, 2008 10:54 AM

@13 - wrong, he's not that smart.

Time for an anti-mormon amendment. Comandeer their churches, and turn them into gay marriage drive-thrus. Or mormon human-meat-grinders. with all that purity, they're bound to be tasty!

Posted by uncle baggy | September 18, 2008 11:19 AM

This reminds me of the time my mom and I were discussing marriage. Finally I said, "what are the benefits of getting married?" And all she could come up with was tax breaks.

Posted by chuchu | September 18, 2008 11:45 AM

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