Finding a Right in the Constitution

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Jul 022014
 

An image of the U.S. Constitution and gavelYou’re likely aware that a number of state laws and constitutional amendments limiting the right so LGBT people to marry, have recently been found to be unconstitutional. The anti-equality pundits then issue their (now pretty standard) press releases denouncing the ruling, and explaining how the judge “found” a non-existent “right to gay marriage” in the U.S. Constitution. Today, on NRP’s Fresh Air program, host Terry Gross  kept referring the Supreme Court “finding a right” to marriage in the Constitution. I’m here to theorize that one does NOT go to the Constitution to find a right.

This is a topic I’ve had on my mind for some time, and today’s interview with Adam Liptak by Terry Gross (who I am starting to like less and less for many reasons) finally pushed me to write this short piece. Gross was asking about whether the Supreme Court would take up the gay marriage issue next year, and kept wondering if they would “find a right to gay marriage in the Constitution.” Let me put in the standard disclaimer…I’m not a lawyer; I’m not a Judge; I’m not a Constitutional Scholar; I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn last night; but I did take Junior High Civics. Continue reading »

A landlord should be able to discriminate

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Feb 162013
 
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Hate Groups

david_smith_ifiAccording to David E. Smith of the Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay group claiming to be concerned with protecting heterosexual-only marriage, “A landlord should be able to discriminate and say, Look, I don’t want to rent my apartment out or my condo out to anyone who doesn’t share my values.”

This from an article at One News Now, an arm of the SPLC designated hate group, American Family Association, which discusses the recent passage of an equal marriage rights bill in the Illinois Senate. David E. Smith of the Illinois Family Institute tells OneNewsNow that homosexual marriage is not equal. “That’s not to say that homosexual people are not equal — I’m saying that the relationship is not equal; they are two different things,” Smith shares.

Yet despite that fact that the Senate attached an amendment that explicitly states no church or other religious organization will be forced to solemnize same-gender marriages, that’s just not enough for Smith.

And why would that not be enough. Well, because despite their claims:

This fight has never been about marriage. Gay people aren’t clamoring to get married in churches (most want nothing to do with church), they simply want the same legal protections offered by the government to people in long-term committed relationships. The fight is because David E. Smith, despite claiming to be a Christian, is really a liar. In one breath he says he believes homosexuals are equal, yet in another he says business owners should be able to discriminate. That’s not “equal.”

You see David E. Smith is either one of the biggest idiots in Illinois, or one its biggest liars. The article goes to state, “Smith remains concerned that, should the measure become law, people of faith who own businesses such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wedding halls will be forced to do business with homosexuals.” Well, I hate to tell him this, but they are already prohibited, by Illinois state law, from discriminating. This changes nothing.

So David, which is it, are you an idiot or a liar, or both?

God Not Happy With the Prada Pope’s Hate Speech

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Aug 242011
 

Of course the kind and loving Christians here in the U.S. are scrambling to blame yesterday’s earthquate on Teh Gayz (we’ll have more on that later), but the Pope was busy Sunday in Spain speaking out to deny gay people equal treatment under the law. Unfortunately for Pope Prada, God wasn’t too happy with what he had to say.

Kevin Farrell says it best at Unicron Booty where he posted:

Pope Benedict XVI remembered the Sabbath and kept it holy yesterday by giving a rousing homophobic speech to a crowd of one million in Madrid about the societal perils of gay marriage, or as we like to call it – marriage.

But the Lord was having none of it!

In a gesture that surely could only have been intended to say, “STFU,” God whipped up a surprise wind storm and knocked the hat right off of the pope’s smarmy head. The tumultuous weather shook the stage and knocked over a tent, literally forcing the pope to abandon his bigoted speech halfway through to seek shelter.

So, if God sent the earthquake because gay people can marry in D.C. (never mind it was centered in Eric Cantor’s congressional district, not D.C.), then he obviously also sent the windstorm which forced the Pope to run for cover when he tried to convince the world’s young people that gay folks aren’t worthy. Bless his heart.

Tony Perkins’ Head Explodes After New York Marriage Vote

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Jul 062011
 
This entry is part 29 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

I admit to being a little late on this one, but head of SPLC designated hate group Family Research council, Tony Perkins, is just all atwitter about marriage equality passing in New York State. Get this, he’s deeply concerned the law doesn’t “protect” deeply religious “divorce lawyers.” If, as Perkins and the other haters claim, they are just in this to “protect marriage,” why would there be any such thing as a “deeply religious divorce lawyer.” Wouldn’t their deeply held beliefs prohibit them enabling any divorce?

Here’s Ms. Perkins’ entire statement (I did exclude the obligatory solicitation for a contribution…you know, to save the children):

Ms Tony Perkins in her pulpit“[The law] does not protect individuals. It does not protect private business owners. It does not protect, for example, a bed and breakfast owner who is using their own private personal property in the type of intimate setting that a bed and breakfast is. It does not protect licensed professionals. For example, it does not protect counselors. It also does not protect lawyers–you may have a family law attorney who does not want to do a same-sex divorce because of their deeply held religious beliefs. It does not protect fertility doctors who may have a strict belief and only want to help [heterosexual] married couples because they believe a kid deserves both a mom and a dad. The dominos from this decision are just starting to fall. One newspaper is reporting that the New York Department of Correctional Services is already rewriting its rules for inmates’ ‘conjugal visits,’ which will now be open to homosexual ‘spouses.’ Prisons will provide the condoms!” – Hate group head Tony Perkins, via press release.

I left the following snark comment on another blog:

I couldn’t agree more with Ms. Perkins. I think we need to carve out religious exemptions to all these kinds of laws. I should have the absolute right to deny a room in my B&B to those darned Baptists, and Catholics…well there’s no way I should be required to let them eat at my lunch counter, no handicapped people in my pool, and black folks, well they can get a drink out of the water hose out back.  

I’m glad the FRC and Ms. Perkins are on my side on this one. You go girl! Let’s beat back all these equal rights laws and rules.  

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Apparently, Ms Perkins is all upset because calling yourself a ‘Christian’ is not a get out of your legal obligations free card. And gay couples might get exactly the same legal rights and government recognition as “opposite-married” ones.  I think I’ve eaten yogurt that had a higher IQ.

The more America expands equal rights to all people, the crazier these haters get. It would be funny if they weren’t dangerously close to cracking in a serious way.