All I can say is this has been some week. We have seen everything from the sublime to the horrific. We have seen mass murder by a white supremacist in Charleston, SC. We have seen terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and other places in the world. We hear that “abstinence only advocate” Bristol Palin is still unmarried yet pregnant again. We have seen the Supreme Court rule against conservatives in the Affordable Care Act. And now, we see the Supreme Court rule that same-sex marriage is constitutionally protected.
I don’t know how to classify this week. It has been a tragedy for sure. But, it has also produced groundbreaking rulings from the Supreme Court. There is so much to talk about, it is hard to pick and choose which topic should make it today.
I have decided that the wacko reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the same-sex case merits the most ink right now. Not because the other items are not important, they are, but because I have not seen so much hate and bigotry openly spouted from conservative mouths since the 60s. In his descent, Scalia said to “ask a hippie.” I openly admit that I am a hippie.
If Scalia were to ask my opinion, I would say that he does not understand just what the Constitution of the United States is about. The Constitution is not, and never was, intended to use religious beliefs to create the “law of the land.” He also said this decision was a blow against democracy. However, he misses the point that the Supreme Court was established for the sole purpose of determining which laws are and are not constitutional.
It has always been the duty of the Supreme Court to state which laws are unconstitutional when they turn out to be prejudicial against minorities. Democracy, in order to work properly, needs “checks and balances” to ensure equal treatment under the law for everyone and not just those whom a majority believe deserves those protections.
This ruling by the Supreme Court has done exactly that. It has decided that banning same-sex marriages denies equal protection under the law for a specific minority in this country. That is unconstitutional! I might suggest that Scalia take some refresher courses in Constitutional Law.
One of the biggest arguments is that the states should “define” marriage. That may sound good, but there are federal issues at stake as well. Remember, same-sex couples who have not been recognized or allowed to marry in those states that banned it are not protected when their partner dies. Even if the will of the partner states the other is to inherit everything, the federal government can only give spousal relief and deductions to the Estate Tax if they are legally recognized as being married. This goes for Social Security benefits as well.
A lot of this started because a woman sued because she was required to pay huge estate taxes when her partner died. They were legally married, but the state they lived in did not recognize that marriage. Therefore, the survivor was liable for Estate Taxes in the thousands of dollars.
Another factor deals with visitation and legal representation for terminally ill patients. Same-sex couples in states that banned same-sex marriage were denied these rights by hospitals. Even when a living will said the person’s partner could make a call on when to terminate life-support, if the state did not recognize that same-sex marriage, that right was taken away from the partner.
As a result, allowing states to define marriage, takes away these legal protections from same-sex couples. That is not only wrong, it is unconstitutional. That is one of the things this court ruling is about.
But, Scalia is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the right-wing are all on oxygen bottles right now. Their hysteria is liable to cause arteries to explode all across Conservative America. America’s Crazy Uncle Louie Gohmert even says this ruling will cause our country to suffer major attacks because “God will remove his protective hand from America.”
I don’t believe in God’s wrath, but using his own words, maybe Crazy Uncle Louis should be asking if the flooding, drought, and other natural disasters in his own state may be because God is mad at Texas for being so bigoted towards their fellow humans. Texas leads the nation in uninsured, restrictive voting rights, anti-Latino legislation, anti-immigrant policies, anti-women issues, and lots more. Maybe Crazy Uncle Louie should be asking God’s forgiveness for his intolerance and using God’s name to justify it!
The list of crazies goes on. The Canadian Senator Ted Cruz thinks we should elect the Supreme Court justices. Mike Huckabee thinks we are on the road to a “Banana Republic.” And Scott Walker is still trying to figure out a way to get around this ruling and ban same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.
The arguments these lunatics put forth are simply idiotic. They claim that same-sex marriage is an attack on “traditional marriage.” Just how it is an attack they never say. We have had same-sex marriages for several years in some states, and I still haven’t heard of a single case where a “traditional marriage” couple got a divorce simply because two gays got married together.
Mike Huckabee even went so far as to say that this ruling is a “slap in the face to traditional married couples.” Well, I am in a “traditional marriage” and have been for decades. I do not feel like I have been slapped in the face. Nor do I feel threatened because same-sex couples want to get married.
The biggest argument against same-sex marriage is always based in religious beliefs. Crazy Uncle Louie says that one man and one women marriages are “biblical.” So is polygamy. How many wives did King Saul have? Which “biblical” marriage is Crazy Uncle Louie in favor of allowing?
All of this is nonsense of course. None of these arguments or sound-bites have any real meaning or reason why same-sex marriages should be banned. All this ruling has really done is unloose the bigotry and hatred these people really hold for fellow human beings.
It has allowed the true bigots in government to show their true colors. And, I am sure that it will get worse. You will see more states pass things like “opt out” laws that allow government employees to discriminate against same-sex marriage by refusing to issue a marriage license based on “religious grounds.”
As I have written before, this ruling is proving just how tyrannical the conservative movement in this country really is. They are not interested in the Constitution. They are not interested in the rule of law. They are only interested in controlling everyone else’s lives. They want the power to say what is and isn’t legal. They want the power to say who can and cannot be married. They want the power to dictate how we each are to live our lives.
They are not interested in democracy. They are not interested in anything except their own power. Remember, this court has a conservative majority. Yet, when the court handed down it’s ruling, the first thing out of conservative mouths is that this court is “making laws.” No, they are not making laws. They are determining which laws are and/or are not constitutional. In other words, they did their job.
But, in case you haven’t noticed. The really scary part about all of this hysteria is that it is coming from every single Republican Presidential hopeful. And, if you think their bigotry won’t affect you, think again. Bigotry is never satisfied. You may be their next target.
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