Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hate, Spite, and Temper Tantrums


Hate, spite, and temper tantrums; that's the only way to describe the reaction of hard right social conservatives to the wave of LGBT equality that is sweeping the nation. Rather than saying, "OK, we lost, maybe we were wrong," they are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to find new and inventive ways to be discriminatory and spiteful. It's nothing but pure hate.

Let's be clear, we won. We are winning both in the courts and in the arena of public opinion. This isn't a case of activist judges rejecting the will of the majority. If anything, the judiciary is behind the curve of public opinion where recent polling shows support for same-sex marriage now at 60% nationally, and even higher in states (now at 36) that already have marriage equality. Even a majority of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina said opposing gay marriage is either mostly or totally unacceptable.

If you've lost South Carolina Republicans, you've lost. But that hasn't stopped the nonsense.

Let's review.

In Kansas Governor Brownback took time off from destroying his state's economy with Tea Party economics to sign an executive order eliminating employment protections for LGBT workers.

In Arkansas the legislature passed a bill that would prohibit any local municipalities from enacting laws to protect LGBT rights.

In Oklahoma where some lawmakers believe gay marriage is a bigger threat than terrorism, they have drafted a bill that would demand the firing of clerks who follow court rulings and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A State Supreme Court Justice in Alabama is threatening to end all marriages if same-sex marriages are allowed.

And in Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, and even places like liberal Washington State, efforts are underway to allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals for religious reasons.

This list is by no means comprehensive and I certainly don't think the worst of it will survive constitutional scrutiny. But it clearly illustrates that hate, not reason is the driving motivation of gay rights opponents and, on the upside, it will provide a lot of work for attorneys (and blogging material for me) long after the expected victory for marriage equality this coming June.

Gay is the new black.


7 comments:

  1. Glad you like it Princess! It fits too. What have we done? You don't see gays trying to ban Christian marriage.

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  2. So if public opinion is truly behind it, why not effect change at the ballot box as opposed to the courts? Then the other side can accept a fair, democratic loss.

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  3. Because justice delayed is justice denied. Duh.

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  4. You think the courts are faster? In response to the hawaii Supreme Court decision, people passed laws within a year going the other way. How long has the litigation been going on, and it is still not even close to done. The supreme court will just be the beginning of broader issue. I don't think you are being honest with yourself.

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  5. We will have marriage equality from coast to coast in time for my 4th of July Party. #honestly

    Now go play in traffic troll. :-9

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  6. Why is someone a troll just because they disagree with you? You seem pretty intolerant.

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