On Marriage Equality It’s The Constitution vs. Roy Moore and The KKK

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During the past couple of years, America has come to accept marriage equality. While some states fought against progress in the courts, most accept that in our system of federalism, states are required to comply with Federal court rulings and that states do not have the right to violate the U.S. Constitution.

When a higher court struck down their bans on same sex marriage, opponents of marriage equality exercised their right to take the matter to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court is considering their claims and is expected to rule later this year. In America, under our constitution, the Supreme Court has the final say in a legal dispute and it has the final say on the meaning of our constitution.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Bloomberg News she believes that Americans are ready to accept marriage equality.

The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.

The reasons for and against are the same as they were in the case of Loving v. Virginia. It’s only the century and the form of inequality that differ.

Of course, there are some people who claim to be “real” Americans, including the Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, Roy Moore, who refuse to accept that they are as wrong on the law about same sex marriage as their forbearers were wrong about inter-racial marriage.

After the Supreme Court of the United States refused to stay a Federal injunction to allow marriage equality in Alabama, Moore pulled the judicial version of a George Wallace.  He ordered judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in direct defiance with the Federal Court ruling. Of course, Moore is all about defying higher court rulings because in his mind, laws are superseded by his God   and that gives him the right to disobey Federal court rulings he doesn’t like.

The last time Moore was removed as Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court by a panel of judges  because he disobeyed a Federal Court order to remove the 10 commandments from the court rotunda.  Moore pulled a comeback and, once again, was elected Alabama’s Chief Justice in 2012.

Now he’s trying to pull a George Wallace on marriage equality based on the same “logic” that got him removed before.

But alas, he has allies: the neo-confederates who celebrate Lincoln’s assassination  and the Ku Klux Klan  are on his side.

The United Dixie White Knights showed their support for Moore on their website, stating in part:

Alabama has a Constitutional amendment, that clearly says marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.

But much as they have since the 2nd war of independence was lost in 1865, the Federal Government by way of it’s (sic) foreign masters seems set to push this abomination, on the God fearing people of Alabama.”

They went on to call upon white supremacists to protest against “tyrannical” Federal Judges and called on white supremacists to join in their “Christian” protest.

Ironically, those who scream the loudest of their love for America and their belief in the U.S. constitution are the first to yell “tyranny” when the constitution prevails over their hate-filled ideology.

Gee, and the Republicans who count these people among their allies wonder how on earth did we get the idea that Republicans are pushing a hate filled agenda.

The thing is as the Chief Justice of Alabama, Roy Moore has the obligation to uphold the supreme law of the land, which is the U.S. constitution. That is regardless of whether he personally agrees with the laws and regardless of whether they conform to his political beliefs.

The last time Moore put his ideology above his responsibilities as Chief Justice in Alabama, it cost him his job.  He never should have been re-elected as Chief Justice given his habit of putting his hate filled ideology above the law.  It’s time for him to go and never come back.

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19 Replies to “On Marriage Equality It’s The Constitution vs. Roy Moore and The KKK”

  1. I wish someone, anyone who is against gay marriage to answer one thing for me. I hope I get responses to my question and I promise I will be on my best behavior and just listen.

    If your marriage is secure and you and your wife are happy how do gay marriages effect the love you have for your spouse?

  2. Gay marriage doesn’t affect the marriages of heterosexuals. I think what the anti-gay marriage persons focus on is something they shouldn’t focus on —what goes on in the bedrooms of gay couples. They often invoke Christianity as the reason they oppose gay marriage, but they always forget that according to Scripture, none of them will be held responsible for the actions of others. It irks me to no end, too, that they often pretend to speak for God. They act as if they’re God’s brain and mouth. They’re not. I doubt if many of them even read/study their Bibles the way they should because, if they did, they’d do what Jesus did. There is zero instance in the NT in which Jesus forced anyone to do anything.

  3. The Bible verse quoted as being against homosexuality is in Leviticus. Leviticus is in the Old Testament. So what does that have to do with Christianity?

  4. I think what the anti-gay marriage persons focus on is something they shouldn’t focus on —what goes on in the bedrooms of gay couples.
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    For the record, I have no opinion on gay marriage, and am currently not planning on developing one. Marriage is a big, big institution; too big for me to feel I have a successful handle on it.
    But I can tell you that in my opinion you couldn’t be any more wrong. Taken as a whole, the vast majority of so-cons could not care less what goes on in anyone else’s bedroom.
    I think those who are against gay marriage would tell you there are numerous complex ways in which marriage as an institution fulfills its roles in society. I’ve read some of the arguments on why we as a society should not change the definition of marriage from an immutable one to an elastic one… and they can fill pages upon pages.

    ** Happy Valentines to All**

    9mm and .45 ammo is a great gift if anyone wants to get me something.

  5. christianity: a religion used by hypocrites to justify their prejudices with the backing of god, while ignoring the central tenet of loving one’s neighbor.

    so, leviticus has lots to do with christianity.

  6. I do remember, in the old days about ten or fifteen years ago, the right wing fear was that if gay men were allowed to marry, they would start kidnapping married men.

    Gays would literally pull men out of their cars at stop signs and abduct them for the purpose of force marrying them.

    This idea was coinciding with and maybe influenced by the rising rates of carjacking at the time.

    I’m sure they have refined their arguments somewhat since then, but never underestimate the sheer lunacy of the rabid right.

  7. Here’s MY reason for all this nonsense, every since Obama was elected president, the SOUTH has become complete unhinged!!! white hate groups memberships have SKYROCKETED!! the SOUTH is talking about ”secession” only every other day!! I’ve followed politics since 1976 and I’ve NEVER seen this country so OPENLY racially divided! The GOP has stirred up so much HATE, that even washed up has been media types like ted nugent, jon voight, pat sajak, pat boone, donald trump, roy williams jr, bruce willis, kirk cameron, the late joan rivers, ben stein,!!! I’m surprised anita bryant has jumped on her soapbox and started goose stepping with the KKK and the rest of these other FOOLS!! OH and lets not forget about the RELIGOUS RIGHT!! they’re just subdivision of the KKK!! just ask our resident republican apologist, Miss @charlie!!

  8. This nutcase, moore isn’t going crazy ONLY because of gay marriage!! this is the OLE SOUTH rearing it ugly head once again!! moore is just being a modern day george wallace!! moore and ALL these white hate groups are praying for the federal government to send troops in, so they can play victim AGAIN!! if you can’t see that the SOUTH wants another civil war!, then you’re fooling yourself!! I’m telling you!! this is ALL been orchestrated!! reagan started this stuff!! making government look like a MONSTER!! making government look like it can’t do ANYTHING right!! and the SOUTH just can’t get over the humiliating loss of the civil war!! and the GOP plays on that!! they recruit on that! they FUNDRAISE on that! BTW where did reagan gave his STATES RIGHTS speech, WHERE? Philadelphia, Mississippi!!

  9. The way I see it, and someone expressed it best this way. If gay marriage has an effect on your faith or marriage, you are not strong in your faith. If it has something to do with your marriage, you either never had a strong relationship, or one of you is secretly gay.

  10. When I was 13 years old, my parents moved from New York to Birmingham, Alabama. As a freshman in high school, I signed up for ROTC. One day in the heat of the sun, the Sargent in charge told me that I would have to stand at attention until I admitted that the south would have won the civil war if they hadn’t run out of corn cobs. After about 15 minutes, I passed out and by the time I woke up, it was time for the next period.

  11. Ultimately those who “oppose” Gay Marriage and their fellow human beings who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender do so under the “authority” of the King James revised edition and other translations of the Old Testament which in reality is nothing more than a work of narrative fiction who’s author(s) are unknown. Taking this authority from such an unreliable source (please remember that their “deity” did not even write this publication much less “publish it”)they deny one inarguable aspect of their complaint.
    Being “GLBTG” is not a “choice”.
    If it were, then the ‘accusers’ (those who directly violate one of their own rules by ‘judging others’) would be able to state the day and year that THEY “CHOSE” TO BE HETEROSEXUAL————–ask them!
    See how quickly they will be willing to violate another of their own “rules” “Thou shalt not lie”?
    These people are insane with power and fools for abusing it.

  12. maybe you could summarize a couple of the more compelling arguments, instead of being a weasel.
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    Why would I do that? They would not be my own opinions/arguments. As I tried to state, I don’t have an opinion as I don’t possess the ability to imagine the results of big policy changes to a huge social institution.
    And besides, everyone but me seems to already know all the answers…so why on earth would you want to listen to a hedging weasel?

  13. I do remember, in the old days
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    In OUR day, I believe it’s safe to say that prejudice against gays is just a very faint shadow of what it once was.

  14. I would like to know if this judge is getting re-elected because people like what he’s doing in Alabama or is his seat being bought? What kind of money is he getting for his campaign compared to his last opponent? Since there are gays that are out and wanting to get married in Alabama, I’m thinking that not everyone in the state is ignorant so what corruption is really going on there.

  15. If you care to read the entire chapter — Leviticus 18 — you will discover that a homosexual act is one of the abominable sins listed that will cause not only people who worship God — Israel — to be “vomited” off the land but Gentile nations as well. These sins which also include incest, bestiality, adultery defile the land. The people who commit these sins are to be removed from the land in order to prevent defilement.

    So, in God’s eyes, a “marriage” of those committing an abominable sin is even more abominable and acceptance by mainstream America shows God that this nation is ready to be removed off the land.

    The problem we are facing will mass illegal immigration is one of the effects of the defiling of the land caused by these abominable sins.

    Yes, homosexuality does affect all of us especially if the people who know better allow the land to be defiled and innocent people affected by illegal invaders overtaking our nation because of this and other sins.

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