Sunday, June 26, 2016

Marriage Equality Day - then and now

June 26 marks the 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor that eviscerated DOMA and the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that achieved the goal of full marriage equality. All in all it has been uneventful. ADF's trolls discriminated prior to Obergefell. There have not been a deluge of problems presumably because the overwhelming majority of small businesses don't like to turn money away. And, of course, there was that nitwit in Kentucky (whose name I will not type); an elected official on her third or fourth marriage … ach, you know the rest.

So let us go back to 2005 (in no particular order). Most of this is quoted from other sources which are linked:

Louisiana Bishop Michael Jarrell reminded Catholics in a statement that the judiciary does not have the power to redefine marriage, and he opened the door to civil disobedience as a possible response to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling.

“Let me state very plainly that no human court has the authority to change what God has written into the law of creation,” Bishop Jarrell wrote in his statement. “This ruling is irreconcilable with the nature and definition of marriage as established by Divine Law.” Oh, the poor dear.
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Ted Cruz called the decision “tragic” and “judicial activism.” Cruz was the sponsor of a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that went nowhere—and neither did Ted Fucking Cruz.
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Ryan T. Anderson had a hissy fit:
Today is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong: It should not have mandated all 50 states to redefine marriage.

This is judicial activism: nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage, and the court imposed its judgment about a policy matter that should be decided by the American people and their elected representatives. The court got marriage and the Constitution wrong today just like they got abortion and the Constitution wrong 42 years ago with Roe v. Wade. Five unelected judges do not have the power to change the truth about marriage or the truth about the Constitution.
A year ago it became popular among the religious set to compare Obergefell to Roe v. Wade. I guess they thought that it would ignite comparable activism. There never was a logical reason to oppose marriage equality. People—even religious conservatives—were unaffected (just as we said all along). It is hard to get terribly upset over something that doesn't really matter to anyone other than the gay couples getting married.
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Three days later Ryan Anderson wrotePro-Lifers Didn’t Give Up After Roe v. Wade. Here Are 3 Critical Steps to Take on Marriage.

Again with the Roe v. Wade bullshit. What, exactly were people supposed to do? Position themselves by churches and yell: “Don't marry that man. You will be sorry and destined to roast in hell?” If anyone had plans to do that they did not materialize.
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Bryan Fischer wrote: “SCOTUS blows up twin towers of truth and righteousness.” Just to allow you to sample the batshit du jour:
We the people have ceased to be our own rulers and are now serfs on a plantation run by cultural elites wearing black robes who use their gavels like the slaveholders of old used whips, to lash uppity social conservatives into abject submission.
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The homosexual lobby, the Gay Gestapo, has drawn an equivalency between support for natural marriage and racism. To oppose sexual deviancy is, in their twisted, contorted and devious thinking, no different than supporting slavery and segregation.
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Over at MercatorNet some guy by the name of Michael Cook wrote: “ A milestone in the sexual revolution.” That rather innocuous title was followed by:
What came next for the French was the Reign of Terror under the Committee of Public Safety with tens of thousands guillotined; genocide in La Vendee, with a quarter of a million slaughtered by their fellow citizens; the execution of the members of the Committee of Public Safety; the death of the Republic; the birth of Napoleon’s Empire; five million dead in his wars; the extinction of Napoleon’s Empire; and finally, back to square one, a king once more, Louis XVII.

No one foresaw this disaster. No one intended it. But revolutions have their own momentum. Who can ever tell what will happen?
Has Mr. Cook submitted his neck to the guillotine yet? Oy veh.
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Things were pretty dire at CatholicVote. The editorial (unattributed to a specific author) reads, in part:
Biology. Tradition. Children.

…the Constitution?

Rubbish.

So said the Supreme Court of the United States this morning in a 5-4 decision striking down laws in every state passed by the people upholding marriage.

Today we got the “Roe v. Wade of marriage” — where the Court pretends to settle a controversial social question by judicial fiat, while the rest of America says: “no way.”

For years same-sex marriage advocates have knowingly lied and deceived the public. They first claimed that they simply wanted the right to ‘marry’ the person they love. And yet where same-sex marriage has been approved, a tiny percentage of gay people got married.
That is just for starters. This goes on and on claiming that homosexuality is a chosen behavior. Whoever wrote this had to purchase a new kitchen sink.
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Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute said (and I am paraphrasing) that the real victims of homosexual marriage are children. It is crap like that that has relegated PJI to the hate group list.
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Speaking of hate groups, the reaction of Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council was priceless. Here is just the beginning of his diatribe:
Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,” regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.

Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

"Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.
What Perkins said would never be accepted has been accepted. Gays marry. Nobody dies.
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Then there is National Organization for marriage. On June 25 Brian Brown wrote this:
As we have written about frequently, so much of the movement in support of same-sex 'marriage' has been contrived, the result of deliberate attempts to manipulate public opinion. Polls are constructed in such a way to show outsized support for redefining marriage; the media writes at least five times the number of stories favoring gay 'marriage' than they do stories featuring opposition to it; and the public is constantly bombarded with pro-gay characters on television and in the movies.
It's all one big happy conspiracy to deny Brian Brown… Exactly what was Brown denied? Then, after the ruling came down the following day, Brown mostly relied on quoting the reaction of Ryan Anderson but he did write:
While the decision of the Supreme Court is both tragic and unsurprising, marriage supporters should not give up hope. While the ruling is a disappointment, it is by no means the deciding outcome in the war on marriage. Marriage has always been defined by nature as between one man and one woman. No matter what laws the Supreme Court Justices change, they cannot change the truth.
Another one with the tragedy theme.

I have left out all of the tweets from the crackpots that day as well as a number of the usual suspects. Franklin Graham blamed Obama for some reason. I knew that National Organization for Marriage had a presidential marriage pledge. However, before the ruling in Obergefell they asked ordinary citizens to sign The People's Marriage Pledge. There is just so much material to work with from last year. Eventually Robert George orchestrated a nullification effort that was utterly pointless and futile.

So I say, fuck all of these imbeciles. Get married. Raise good kids. Be happy. Enjoy life.

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