Newsletter: Musk, Moore, and Marriage


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Happy Sunday LoCo readers,

It’s been a busy week, and we’re here to brief you on a few of the biggest stories. 

As we’re sure you’re all well aware, Elon Musk is releasing (slowly) a series of internal documents from Twitter revealing what really happened when they decided to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story on their platform just weeks before the 2020 election. Respected journalist Matt Taibbi released the first of these internal documents on his Twitter account Friday night. The main takeaway from that thread was that Twitter was removing content from their platform at the direct request of the Biden Campaign and the DNC in the weeks leading up to the election. For more insights into the timeline surrounding the censorship, read Taibbi’s full thread here.

This coming week, we have a series of significant Supreme Court cases slated for oral arguments. On Monday, the court will hear arguments regarding 303 Creative v. Elenis. This case asks whether local anti-discrimination laws can compel a Christian web designer to create websites for same-sex weddings. The second case, Moore v. Harper, will be heard on Wednesday and has to do with the validity of the Independent State Legislator theory, which could have major ramifications for how states handle redistricting and other election-related matters. For an in-depth breakdown of that case, check out court reporter Amy Howe’s piece in ScotusBlog. Keep an eye out for our coverage of each argument later in the week.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which requires states to give full faith and credit to same-sex marriage licenses issued in other states. If the bill becomes law, states would be prohibited from denying marriage-related benefits to gay couples from other states, regardless of that state’s policy on same-sex marriage. Because the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges already requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Act will have no practical effect. Rather, the bill was designed to enshrine federal protections for gay couples in light of liberal concerns that the Court might overturn Obergefell. The Act sparked debate within conservative circles, especially after 12 Republicans voted yea. Our contributors have a mixed perspective on the legislation as well, and we look forward to having that debate on our pages this week.

Speaking of our pages…

Contributor Russel Kitsis wrote in-depth about so-called “gender-affirming care” and the threats posed by performing irreversible gender transition surgeries on children. In his Wednesday article, Kitsis takes the medical establishment to task for profiting off such operations and calls out the President for his endorsement of the practice.

One of our newest contributors, Peter Gattuso, gave his thoughts on newly elected Ohio Senator J.D. Vance’s departure from fiscal conservatism. In his eyes, this shift represents a vocal repudiation of the free-market policy championed by Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, and even Trump-administration economist Larry Kudlow” among members of the new right. 

In his first article for Lone Conservative, contributor Jake Kroeson discusses former President Trump’s impact on the GOP’s electoral prospects in the midterms. Kroeson argues, after three disappointing election cycles in a row, it’s time for the party to stop shooting itself in the foot, and move on from Donald Trump.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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