Friday, May 1, 2015

Reading the Tea Leaves


What a gay week! It was just one week ago today that Bruce Jenner went on national television to announce that he* is a transgender Republican. This combination, I assume, because he thinks being arrested while using the ladies room is a good thing. (prison fantasies?) To each their own!


Another anti-gay voting Republican was outed as gay for sending nude pictures of himself to other men via the gay dating app Grindr. I am shocked! Not that a homophobe was in the closet, but that he actually got any responses with a face like that. Yuck!

Two handsome jocks asked each other to the prom! Bravo guys!

The great-nephew of conservative icon William F. Buckley came out.

But the big news was the Supreme Court arguments for and against gay marriage. Swing voter Justice Kennedy had many marriage equality advocates worried when, during questioning, he opined about how the institution of man/woman marriage has lasted a millennia.

The Notorious RGB shut that down with grace.
"[Same-sex couples] wouldn't be asking for this relief if the law of marriage was what it was a millennium ago. I mean, it wasn't possible. Same-sex unions would not have opted into the pattern of marriage, which was a relationship, a dominant and a subordinate relationship. Yes, it was marriage between a man and a woman, but the man decided where the couple would be domiciled; it was her obligation to follow him.

There was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn't egalitarian. And same-sex unions wouldn't—wouldn't fit into what marriage was once."
Nothing in life is definite,  but the fact is that ruling against marriage equality at this point would create untenable legal chaos across the country. They could have stayed the rulings here in Florida and elsewhere but they did not. Undoing all that at this point seems unconscionable.

My official prediction is a 6 to 3 vote in favor of equality.

Lastly, best wishes and positive healing vibes to Joni Mitchell who was reportedly unresponsive and in a coma this week, although it has now been reported that she's awake and feeling better.

Happy weekend beautiful people! 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If marriage is ruled to be a right, will marriage licenses become a nullity?

Literati said...

Chief Justice Robert's question is spot on. I understand that no one sees the issue, practically, as a sexual discrimination one, but logically it is. Joe could marry Sue whatever his sexual orientation but could not marry Tom whatever his sexual orientation. At that point, intermediate scrutiny applies.

Godwhacker said...

@10:48

Marriage is already a right. We're just trying to get it applied to people like me. It's not meaningless.

@12:37
I could not agree more. There is also a religious freedom argument that has not gotten too much attention. There are any number of religions that will marry same-sex couples, just as there are many who will not. So if the government acknowledges the valid marriages of some religions but not those of others, is it not showing bias?