The Supreme Court of the United States has finally given their decisions on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and the 2008 California’s Prop 8.
In a 5-4 decision ruled a key part of DOMA is unconstitutional, which denied federal benefits to same-sex married couples. The justices avoided deciding the consitutionality of Proposition 8 and found that supporters of the law did not have legal standing to appeal a federal district court ruling that had previously struck down the law. Justice Antonin Scalia whines and plays the victim card that it is unfair that his opposition to gay marriage is no longer considered legitimate. In his dissent, Scalia continues to rail against ‘homosexual sodomy’ and then moves on to make a connection to polygamy. “…the Constitution neither requires nor forbids our society to approve of same-sex marriage, much as it neither requires nor forbids us to approve of no-fault divorce, polygamy, or the consumption of alcohol.” Whatever. Antonin Scalia’s words are just another reason why Supreme Court Justices should NOT be in their positions for life.
The Supreme Court also declined (without comment) to take up two more cases on marriage equality. Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage and an Arizona law that denies state benefits to “domestic partners”. This means that an appeals court ruling striking down the Arizona law stays in effect, while litigation over the Nevada law will continue.
The defeat of DOMA and Prop 8 has of course created significant levels of religious butthurt and wild claims of invisible persecution. I cannot understand how any rational person can respect the unintelligent garbage that spews from these idiots. Here is a short collection of some of them:
Michele Bachmann – “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.” At a later at another press conference, calling the Court’s decisions an affront to the Constitution, and to “the foundational unit of our society, which is marriage.” [source][source]
Marriage was created by the “hand of God”? They just never get tired of claiming that marriage was put together by some invisible man in the sky. [from an earlier post] The practice of Marriage was around long before christianity was created by the hand of man. Over 5,000 years ago, the Sumerians had made laws which regulated marriage. It was only until the 16th century, that the catholic church passed the Tametsi decree, which declared that no marriage was legitimate unless recognized by the church. Marriage only became religious in nature thanks to the concerted efforts by the church by declaring themselves in charge of it. “Affront to the Constitution”? Equality is an affront? Silly tea bagger. When Nancy Pelosi was asked what she thought of Bachmann’s comments, she simply replied with a shrug: “Who cares?” Hopefully Bachmann will stay away while the rest of the country can move ahead and treat each other with some decency and respect.
Mark Rubio (R-FL) – “My hope is that those of us who believe in the sanctity and uniqueness of traditional marriage will continue to argue for its protection in a way that is respectful to the millions of American sons and daughters who are gay. It is also my hope that those who argue for the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage will refrain from assailing the millions of Americans who disagree with them as bigots.” [source]
Mr. Rubio wants to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage? Really? He might need a little education on what the bible considers “traditional”. I had to double-check Webster’s Dictionary to make sure I still understood the definition of “bigot” since Rubio pleads that he and his like minded throwbacks are not labeled as “bigots“.
bigot (noun) – “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race”
Sounds like a fucking bigoted asshole to me.
Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-A president) – The restaurant chain’s COO tweeted another ridiculous anti-gay response tot he ruling. The twitter post was soon deleted, but is still available online. Last year, Cathy outed himself as an idiot for saying his company supports the “biblical definition” of marriage. Yup, still smells like hate Danny.
I wonder if “Jesus wept” when Huckabee’s own twisted son “allegedly” hung a dog by it’s neck, slit it’s throat, and stoned it to death.
Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) was one of the House Republicans that stopped openly gay Rep. Brian Sims (D) from speaking about the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA on the floor of the Pennsylvania House. “I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,” said Metcalfe. Several Republicans approached Sims afterwards to apologize. In 2009, Metcalfe killed a resolution proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month because “it was a homosexual agenda.” He then went on to oppose an increase of marriage license fees as the increased funds would go to help victims of domestic abuse because it was “a slap in the face of family values.” Before a vote on a resolution to recognize the 60th annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he claimed that, “The Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God, and I will be voting negative.” In late 2012, he attempted to reintroduce an anti marriage equality state constitutional amendment.
Pat Robertson – Evangelical douche-bag Robertson asked a guest Jay Sekulow if Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy the nice question of “Does he have some clerks that happen to be gays?”
Rush Limbaugh – The Court had contributed to the “disintegration of the United States.” [via]
Glenn Beck and Rand Paul – Gay marriage rulings will lead to polygamy and zoophilia.
American Family Association
[via Right Wing Watch]
Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) announced that he will try to block marriage equality by amending the US Constitution. This was attempted back in 2006 and failed 236-187. Huelskamp is not gaining supporters even in his own state. Councilman Chad Manspeaker (D) called Huelskamp “…a national joke.”
I found another short blurb of information via Reddit that provided some very important historical context in an argument’s significance.
“…it was established by decree of Almighty God, … it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation; … it has existed in all ages; has been founding among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts. […] Let the gentlemen go to Revelation to learn the decree of God–let him go to the Bible … I said that [it] was sanctioned in the Bible, authorized, regulated, and recognized from Genesis to Revelation … [It] existed then in the earliest ages, and among the chosen people of Go; and in Revelation we are told that it shall exist till the end of time shall come. You find it in the Old and New Testaments–in the prophecies, Psalms, and the epistles of Paul; you find it recognized–sanctioned everywhere.” —Jefferson Davis
The leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War argued for slavery in an eerily similar manner to the quasi-pious, unreflecting arguments surfacing today in favor of “traditional” marriage. Think of this the next time someone claims to know the will of the creator of the universe. Source: Jefferson Davis, ed. Dunbar Rowland (Jackson: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1923), vol. 1, p. 286 and 316-17.
Do you see a pattern yet?
A Gallup poll from May 2013 found that 53 percent of Americans say federal law should recognize gay marriages. Just ahead of Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling, CNN/ORC released a new poll that put support at 55 percent.
The fanatical religious opponents of marriage equality have lost something though.