Republicans Serve the Bible Not the Constitution on Gay Marriage

From this country’s founding, equal rights for all citizens was an admirable goal that never materialized despite the sacrifices and hard work of various groups. It is astonishing, and shameful, that after 236 years, there has been progress to fulfill Jefferson’s ideal that “all men are created equal” and have “certain unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” but more than half the population faces discrimination every day in every aspect of their lives and do not enjoy equal rights. It is unfortunate, but Republicans have not embraced equal rights for all Americans and their drive to subject women to inequality and discrimination is only matched by their punitive actions to restrict gays from marrying the person they love. President Obama has been tireless in advocating for equal rights for women, minorities and gays, but his historic announcement on Wednesday that he supports gay marriage defines him as a true advocate for equal rights for all Americans.

The opposition to gay marriage is based solely in religious dogmata, and by legislating against same-sex marriage, Republicans are sanctioning church-based discrimination laws that are unconstitutional. Republicans claim that not following the Christian prohibition on homosexuality threatens traditional marriage, destroys children, and will lead to America’s demise, but they have no evidence to support any of their claims. The immediate push-back against the President for supporting same-sex marriage informs that Republicans and their conservative media outlets Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are advocates for inequality and discrimination that emboldens homophobic Americans with the right to punish gays. Giving the gay community the right to marry is not only about ending social discrimination, it also means the end of financial penalties for being gay.

Gay couples have enough trouble living amongst homophobes and bigots in a social context, but by not allowing or recognizing their right to marry the person they love, they lose the ability to take advantage of “married” status on federal income tax returns that punishes both partners. For example, gay couples with two income earners cannot claim exemptions that traditional married couples enjoy, and regardless of income, one partner always has to be the “head of household” and one has to be a dependent therefore losing out on the deduction any traditional couple enjoys. Same-sex couples also lose next-of-kin inheritance rights and the right to make end-of-life decisions if one partner is incapacitated all because of religious dogma. Giving same-sex couples the right to marry will not affect social discrimination and bigotry, but it will correct the financial inequality Republicans are intent on legislating against the gay community.

The fact that Republicans immediately, in the dark of night, attached an amendment to a $51.1 billion Department of Justice and Commerce funding bill that reinforces the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) proves they are serving the Christian bible and not the Constitution. It is more evidence that Republicans are bible-inspired bigots who hate any American who is not a white Christian male and does not fit their paradigm of a good American married couple. The blatant hatred Republicans have for the LGBT community that they are willing to spend taxpayer dollars to defend discrimination and punish same-sex couples is nothing less than passive bullying. Willard Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president and member of a pseudo-Christian religious cult went beyond passive bullying during high school and physically assaulted another student by holding him down and cutting his hair.  Yesterday on Fox News, Neil Cavuto gave Romney the opportunity to blame his bullying on President Obama’s campaign by asking if he thought the president planted the bullying story. Romney did not deny the story’s veracity, but he did insinuate the President’s campaign was “holding up very shiny objects, many of them will be with regards to me.” Romney is anti-gay and has been his entire life and it is directly attributable to his religious inclinations like all opposition to gay rights. Not all Christians are homophobes, but nearly all homophobes are Christians and it is all attributable to the bible’s prohibition against homosexuality and Romney will perpetuate homophobia if he is elected president.

Romney has signaled that he will actively pursue proponents of same-sex marriage as part of the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) presidential pledge he signed. Romney’s signature obliges him to “establish a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections as needed.” It is not that the pledge will investigate harassment, it is that the Christo-fascists consider proponents of same-sex marriage guilty of threatening traditional marriage and a Romney-appointed commission will be exclusively Christian fundamentalists who will take their job as serious as Romney took bullying a fellow student because he “suspected” he was gay.

It is increasingly difficult to believe that Republicans are not just religious bigots, but religious bigots who feel duty-bound to punish the gay community financially, socially, and unconstitutionally. They may not be physically bullying gays like Willard Romney did in high school, but they are legislating state sponsored discrimination under authority of the Christian bible and they are breaking their oath of office to support the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights in the 14th Amendment, and failing to abide by the Separation Clause in the 1st Amendment. Their assertion that same-sex marriage is an attack on traditional marriage is fallacious in theory and practicality, but they are not known for objectivity when fear-mongering has worked so well for them in drumming up religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage does not have as its basis opposition to traditional marriage like NOM, Fox News, or Rush Limbaugh asserts, but in his belief in the Constitution and equal rights for all citizens whether they are gay, straight, minority or just hateful religious bigots like Republicans and Willard Romney.

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15 Replies to “Republicans Serve the Bible Not the Constitution on Gay Marriage”

  1. Until real conservative’s are willing to stand up to their own, the republican party is going to be a run away train with no leadership.

    All they have left for policy platform is social issues. The democrats hijacked fiscal conservatism in the 80’s. They’ve lost the security issue and everyone is exhausted with military expansion. It would be nice to see them reorganize their party as a constitutional party. Something positive might actually come out of the teabagger madness.

  2. Tim I think that the Repubs have to hit rock bottom for that to happen. They are certainly on their way, but they are not there yet. There is still a sentiment that if they keep holding on to their base of extremists they will still come out ahead in the long run. Almost a ” we can still win with the dominionists and Randian corporatists” type attitude.

    The American public is shifting against the GOP, and most westerners in general have a more rational and enlightened mindset than ever before… but it has to be in a wide enough swath to where the the Repubs are losing major elections across the board. Only when that happens, will we see a Republican party that has a social libertarian viewpoint and a more balanced approach when it comes to economic issues.

  3. Willard Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president and member of a pseudo-Christian religious cult…I support the 14th amendment, I am LDS, I am grateful we live in a country that gives us the freedom to practice the faith of our choice or not, and a Church that does support my right to choose and have free agency. I am aware that the Utah area of the Church is highly republican, but more members live outside of the United States than inside, so LDS people are not all Republicans. The President must support all the people in the United States, not just those who believe like he does. Romney and the ultra right wing threaten that right. We are not pseudo-Christian, we are the only true Church establish by Jesus and restored again by Him thru Joseph Smith in these latter days. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. We are the
    only Church having the priesthood authority from
    the Lord to perform ordinances in His name including Baptisms & Sealings. I think cult must
    refer to the practice of plural wives. Plural marriage was practiced for a season as Joseph Smith and others were directed by the Lord to do so for His purposes and is no longer practiced as the Lord no longer requires it. The purpose is not known by most members, but we do know it was practiced in ancient times as well. Things are only strange when looked upon thru a very small window of time, but cult and pseudo-Christian we definitely are not!

  4. …”, I am LDS, I am grateful we live in a country that gives us the freedom to practice the faith of our choice or not, and a Church that does support my right to choose and have free agency…”

    What? Talk about cognitive dissonance! Please!

    “…Plural marriage was practiced for a season as Joseph Smith and others were directed by the Lord to do so for His purposes and is no longer practiced as the Lord no longer requires it. The purpose is not known by most members…”

    Joesph Smith was an adulterer who got caught and made up a lie to cover his ass from his wife with whom he made a vow to remain monogamous as was the standard and social mores practice by his community at large; Smith was a lying adulterer!

    Only a cult leader changes rules of a community or church by telling others that “god made me do it” and enforces, not directs, others to obey his command as he is a direct voice of god…it doesn’t matter if it was for one hour, or one “season” (talk about fairy tales!), he still lied, manipulated and fornicated woman other than his legal wife. Any old christian would say he broke god’s commandments and is burning in hell…

    Smith was no different than David Koresh or Jim Jones; people were murdered and lives destroyed under his “leadership”…

    The purpose of an aberrant act by a cult leader is never questioned, now is it…nope, you can’t question the leader of a church who says he’s directed by “god” to commit a sin or a crime even though there is no evidence, except, his own destructive betrayal and sin against others.

    Get it through your head; Smith was a cheating, manipulative adulterer. He lied in order to keep his wife and followers from leaving, it’s that plain and simple. He needed the adoration of others in order to exist…that was Smiths’ only purpose in life; it is the only thing that aberrant charismatics of the sociopath persuasion, like him, require in order to sustain a life…adoring followers to manipulate.

    Why don’t you get an education outside of an indoctrination laid out by a lying adulterer and his enablers?

  5. You only know about what you hear about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From your remarks, I hear bigotry, the same sorta thing we are currently dealing with on gay marriage. You are intolerant of a religion you don’t understand and know very little about, lumping all members in the same basket. You can find “experts” to support each side of a court case, and statistics to demonstrate ones desired point and a bias diatribe about Joseph Smith comes from what? Ultimately, you will know the
    truth of all things thru faith in God.

  6. Marchia – it’s really not a good idea to assume anyone does, or does not have intimate knowledge about a faith whether it’s Mormonism, or Hedonism. Frankly, for many Americans, the very concept of a god is as alien as, well, aliens. If you are happy with your faith, that’s great, more power to you, but when you say “you will know…” you make assumptions that informs your indoctrination.

  7. Republicans Serve the Bible Not the Constitution on Gay Marriage … all are Christians? Of course they are not, all do walk lock step when it comes to the distribution of wealth and power. I believe your comment pseudo-Christian religious cult was way out of line and the display of bigotry either about a
    religion or gay marriage rights must be pointed out, and should not be at the expense of one group over another. I support the 14th, I believe in separation of Church and State that allows me to freely choose my faith.

  8. By definition, Mormonism is a psuedo-Christian faith. It adds (from “latter day” prophets) to the Christian bible which is in itself heresy and apostasy. Read the last chapter of Revelation, or inform where in the bible any of Mormonism’s quirkier assertions are located.

  9. The “Religious Reich” will use the Bible to discriminate against gays, saying that the Bible supports “traditional one-man-one woman marriage” (which it doesn’t. It supports one-man and as many women as he can afford marriage; ie., polygamy) just as Southern Democrats (before they became Republicans) once used the Bible to support the institution of slavery. They will cherry-pick and twist and distort these bronze and iron-age religious documents to resist any change to the status-quo they are comfortable with.

  10. …”You can find “experts” to support each side of a court case, and statistics to demonstrate ones desired point and a bias diatribe about Joseph Smith comes from what?”…

    Yeah, and what does it prove? That you, like David Barton, believe “experts” and facts should be thrown out of our democratic “courts” so that some religious belief system can “re-claim” history and over-rule the facts/evidence of authentic history?

    There are no court cases involved here; Smith’s own family, own his heirs, were the “experts” who “demonstrated” the facts, the evidence that Smith lied, made up stories just to impress people and keep himself from being punished for the trouble he caused. True or false?

    It is fact that his heirs passed down passed down oral history and diaries about the man stating that he was mentally ill, a charismatic manipulator and an adulterer…many of his own family and followers split off from him early on because of his violent rages. True or false?

    Regardless of how “special” you want to believe you are by following a violent, adulterous man with dissociative fugue disorder that “allows” yourself to be a “chosen one”, then, go right ahead, no one’s stopping you! Knock yourself out…but, don’t come here and tell me I’m a “bigot” because I don’t believe in Santa Claus, and, in the same breath add false equivalencies on gay issues…as if you “care”.

  11. Why are the ‘christians’ not screaming about religious freedom because the chaplains can not perform marriage ceremonies on the bases? Surely, that is taking away religious freedoms, right?

    Not sure that they are using the 57/ 58th translation of the bible either…find nowhere that speaks to the gay marriage issue…except where it was edited by the catholics in the 6th century? when they made the popes and priests celibate and decided on the ‘virgin birth’!

  12. Romney said marriage has been between one man and one woman for 3000 years, has he forgotten that his great grandfather had 12 wives and his grandfather I think had 5?

  13. Please don’t confuse what the extreme right is saying about the Bible with what actually IS in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t use the word “homosexual” and the behavior referred to by Paul in the NT is better translated as “raping of sex slaves.” The references to homosexual acts in the Old Testament are likewise thought to refer to sexual abuse of same-sex slaves, and are in the same list of prohibited acts such as cutting your hair and eating the dairy and meat of the same animal at the same time. The message of the Bible and the life of Christ is acceptance and love. Any Christian who claims “except for gays and lesbians” is not paying attention.

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