Conservatives across the country, especially in Utah, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virgina, and Indiana hoping SCOTUS would weigh in on marriage equality were bitterly disappointed today. Several lower court rulings in those states found the bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, and of course conservative assholes across the country got their fee fees hurt. They appealed to SCOTUS in the hopes that the highest court in the land would take up their appeals and rule in their favor. Today, SCOTUS decided they would not take up any of the lower court rulings on marriage equality. That means those states where the rulings were stayed will be null and void (though not immediately). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in those five states will be able to get legally married very soon. But wait, there’s more. Six other states–North and South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and West Virginia–all fall under the jurisdiction of the appeals courts that struck down the bans. This means that same sex marriage will soon be legal in 30 of the 50 states in the US.
The bigots never cease to amaze me in their cries of persecution or religious freedom. They think it’s their [sadistic butcher] god given right to deny LGB people the right to get married. They think there is one definition of marriage as found in the Bible, that everyone is beholden to it, and that allowing LGB people to marry is somehow destroying the institution of marriage. They’re wrong on all fronts. For one thing, there are multiple definitions of marriage in the Bible, and none of them are endorsed as the one. Secondly, the United States isn’t a Christian nation, so Christian rules on marriage do not apply to marriage laws (and even among Christians, I’d argue that denying consenting adults the right to get married when it brings no harm to anyone else is an immoral act which should be opposed). Third? See California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, and the District of Columbia. If you’re looking for evidence of the destruction of marriage, the states that have legalized same-sex marriage would seem to be the best place to check. Of course reality doesn’t support the assertion that the institution of marriage has been destroyed in any way, shape, or form. But that won’t stop bigots from whining and complaining about impending DOOM DOOM DOOM!
In the wake of today’s decision, Brian Brown, President of NOM (National Organization for Marriage) issued a statement proclaiming how badly his fee fees were hurt that SCOTUS did not vote to support that great American tradition of keeping LGBT people in their place as second class citizens:
“We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. First, the entire idea that marriage can be redefined from the bench is illegitimate. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman; it has been this throughout the history of civilization and will remain this no matter what unelected judges say. Second, it’s mind-boggling that lower court judges would be allowed to impose the redefinition of marriage in these states, and our highest court would have nothing to say about it. Third, the effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’ has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently. That’s the absurd belief we are being told to accept.
“It’s possible that the Supreme Court wants to wait to take a case when a Circuit split develops so that it can rule in favor of the people’s right to define marriage as it has always been defined. We’re hopeful that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule in our favor and that the Supreme Court will then take that case and decide that marriage is not unconstitutional.
“At the same time, given what the Supreme Court has allowed to happen, the only alternative to letting unelected judges impose their view of marriage on Americans across the country is to pursue a process that will allow the American people to decide for themselves what is marriage. It is critical not only to marriage but to the republican form of government in this country to amend the Constitution to reaffirm the meaning of marriage. We therefore call on the US Congress to move forward immediately to send a federal marriage amendment to the states for ratification.
“We call upon Americans vigorously to contest this development by turning to the political process, starting with the upcoming mid-term elections. We urge voters to hold politicians accountable and demand to know if they will accept the illegitimate act of attempting to redefine marriage or whether they will stand with the American people to resist. In particular, we urge Republicans to hold their party leaders to account, and to demand that they remain true to their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman which was a pillar of the party’s founding in 1856, and remains essential to society’s well-being today.
“NOM will continue to devote all our energy and resources to stand for the truth of marriage, and to advocate the importance of preserving it. While we are disappointed in what has happened today, we are not defeated or dispirited. Indeed, we are determined as never before to fight for the institution that God created and humankind has proven is the best arrangement for the well-being of men and women, for children, and for society as a whole.”
Ah, the tears of bigots are a thing to behold.
(hat tip The New Civil Rights Movement)