Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum encouraged viewers to Google him in Thursday’s undercard Republican presidential debate, an unfortunate choice of words that reminded many of his search engine woes fueled by sex columnist Dan Savage.
Kim Davis is a conscientious objector, now in jail for contempt. Her crime? Refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. If she had refused to comply with a law that required her to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, she might have been hailed as “the first lady of civil rights.”
Does the Bitemaster agree with Davis? No. But the outrage her actions have provoked has more to do with her position on gay rights than whether she has the obligation to resist unjust laws.
See also: Civil disobedience
A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. “It’s about marriage equality,” Nathan Collier, of Billings, MT, told The Associated Press Wednesday.
. . . and the Bitemaster predicts many more such fights, ultimately including efforts to force clergy to perform weddings for gays and others.
And see Scott Stringer on transgender bathrooms
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry, some state officials are looking into opting out of issuing marriage licenses entirely. Republican Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson, the chairman of the state house judiciary committee, told the Clarion-Ledger that the state is looking into eliminating state marriage licenses. “One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” he said. “We will be researching what options there are. I personally can see pros and cons to that. I don’t know if it would be better to have no marriage certificate sponsored by the state or not. But it’s an option out there to be considered.”
In April, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass held a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz, the Presidential candidate, and gave him a campaign contribution. The whole gay world promptly blew a gasket.
But it wasn’t Cruz’s anti-gay and anti-marriage-equality positions that brought Reisner and Weiderpass into the Cruz camp. Rich dudes like them are attracted to politicians who will protect their money and power.
So where does Cruz stand on some of the issues that concern Reisner and Weiderpass? Let’s have a look:
- against the Affordable Care Act
- in favor of the Keystone pipeline
- believes that climate change is not man-made
- against increasing the national debt
- advocates abolition of the IRS
If I were a cynical rich asshole, I’d probably support Cruz, too.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, reiterated his support for the state’s ban on gay marriage in February. Now God has retaliated by unleashing floods of Biblical proportions, sweeping away several of Abbott’s constituents in a wall of water.
Abbott has said the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is “absolutely devastating . . . absolutely massive . . . [with] relentless tsunami-type power.” If that doesn’t convince the Gov that God has a message for him, he’s dumber than we thought.
In 2012, North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
In response, the Almighty has polluted the North Carolina drinking water with lead, vanadium, and hexavalent chromium. Brimstone (i.e., sulfur) is, no doubt, coming soon.
Addressing the controversy surrounding his state’s recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana governor Mike Pence forcefully insisted to reporters Monday that the new law has nothing at all to do with what it was explicitly intended to do. “Let me state directly that in no way is this law designed to allow the kind of anti-gay discrimination that is the law’s single reason for existing,” said Pence, emphasizing that provisions authorizing businesses to refuse service to gay customers were nothing more than the only explanation for the law being drafted in the first place. “Regardless of the widespread misconceptions surrounding it, I want to reassure Hoosiers of all backgrounds that this law will never be interpreted in the way it was unambiguously designed to be from the very beginning.” Pence further clarified that the act’s sole purpose was in fact to safeguard the free exercise of religion it was in no way whatsoever created to protect.
Republican Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ, often thought of as an anti-gay blithering idiot, has finally come to his senses and introduced House Bill 1125 to get the state government out of the marriage business altogether.
The move stunned marriage equality advocates nationwide because it’s the first piece of legislation to embody what many have long been seeking: an end to the entangling of government and church in the sacrament of holy matrimony.
Under the Russ bill, judges won’t perform marriages and county clerks won’t issue marriage licenses. The ceremonies will be performed by clergy of the various faiths, who will then file a declaration with the county clerk. Those who choose to avoid clergy participation can simply file an affidavit of common law marriage with the county clerk.
Thanks to the enlightened Todd Russ, the Sooner State will not be known just for racist fraternity chants, but instead for leading the country toward a day when all people will be able to marry regardless of religion or sexual orientation.
Patricia Todd, a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, says “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ [in regard to gay marriage] when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have. I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet OUT.”
Good for her!
And, in case anyone has forgotten,
- Male homosexual relations are a capital crime in the Bible
- Sleeping with a married woman who is not your wife is a capital crime in the Bible
- The Bible is silent on female homosexual relations