*video is NSFW adults only please
I'm almost relieved. I'm a poet far more than an essayist, but even so I am pressed to find new ways of saying "we won again." The long parade of same-sex marriage victories came to a halt yesterday with this.
A federal judge in Louisiana bucked a national trend and ruled Wednesday that the state has the right to ban same-sex couples from marrying.
The decision by Judge Martin L.C. Feldman is the first in which a federal district judge has upheld a state ban since the Supreme Court knocked down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.There is nothing particularly remarkable about the ruling except to say that it demonstrates how impossible it is to defend these same-sex marriage bans without making insulting and outlandish statements. For example:
Must the states permit or recognize a marriage between an aunt and niece? Aunt and nephew Brother/brother? Father and child? May minors marry? Must marriage be limited to only two people? What about a transgender spouse? Is such a union same-gender or male-female? All such unions would undeniably be equally committed to love and caring for one another, just like the plaintiffs.These issues have nothing to do with gay marriage because insest and polygamy exist in the heterosexual world too. But to answer the judge 16 year-olds CAN marry in Louisiana and it's also legal to have sex with dead people. You have bigger problems than me and Mr. Jones, governor.
In the brief time since I put this post together we have another ruling and another win, this one from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.
It goes like this.
The harm to homosexuals (and, as we’ll emphasize, to their adopted children) of being denied the right to marry is considerable. Marriage confers respectability on a sexual relationship; to exclude a couple from marriage is thus to deny it a coveted status. Because homosexuality is not a voluntary condition and homosexuals are among the most stigmatized, misunderstood, and discriminated-against minorities in the history of the world, the disparagement of their sexual orientation, implicit in the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, is a source of continuing pain to the homosexual community. Not that allowing same-sex marriage will change in the short run the negative views that many Americans hold of same-sex marriage. But it will enhance the status of these marriages in the eyes of other Americans, and in the long run it may convert some of the opponents of such marriage by demonstrating that homosexual married couples are in essential respects, notably in the care of their adopted children, like other married couples.
BREAKING: Moments ago the ruling by U.S. District Judge Hinkle, declaring Florida's ban on marriage unconstitutional, was appealed. If Governor Rick Scott had used the power of his office to stop the appeal, marriages would have started in Florida on September 22nd.