Monday, April 6, 2015

Attempting to delegitimize a Supreme Court decision in advance

The Justices of the Supreme Court
On Friday, via Christian Newswire — Dr. Rick Scarborough Demands That Supreme Court Justices Recuse Themselves from Same-Sex 'Marriage' Cases. “Demands” mind you. What follows is the usual blather about Justices Ginsburg and Kagan. It reads, in part:
Kagan and Ginsburg have both officiated at same-sex marriages (SSM), Kagan on September 21, 2014 for her former law clerk Mitchell Reich and his 'husband,' Patrick Pearsall, and Ginsburg at ceremonies for SSM couples, some of which occurred at the Supreme Court. Justice Kagan opposed the US Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which barred gays and lesbians from serving in the military. As dean of Harvard Law School she barred military recruiters from the school's career office.
Rich Scarborough
Scarborough, president of the Christian fundamentalist organization Vision American, knows perfectly well that neither justice is likely to recuse themselves. Nor, for that matter, is either justice likely to see Scarborough's demands. Later on, Scarborough gets to the point:
It is clear that these Justices are incapable of being neutral on this issue that has the potential to divide country like no issue in my life time and should remove themselves from deciding this case that could radically redefine marriage in America.
In point of fact the majority of the American People have moved on when it comes to marriage equality. There are no riots in the streets and in spite of the enormous advance of same-sex marriage, since United States V. Windsor was decided two years ago, not a single traditional marriage has been affected. None of the awful things that Scarborough and his friends have claimed would happen have happened or will happen.

What this is about is trying to make the Supreme Court's likely decision further evidence of anti-Christian tyranny (these folks love to claim persecution) and to make this something that the masses can continue to fight like Roe v. Wade — may the money continue to flow.

One thing is likely to happen. If the GOP continues to be servants to the Christian right, political candidates will be asked, in perpetuity, about their intentions to overturn the marriage equality decision by the Supreme Court. Presidential candidates will be asked if they will appoint justices to the Court who will respect the right of states to discriminate against gay couples when it comes to marriage. In other words, not much is likely to change for these religious fundamentalists.

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