“It’s Texas, Jake”

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Today in projection…

“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex,” the brief states. “If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”

We’re back to the argument that left to their own devices, Texans would marry a sheep.

Thanks To The Orange Satan

Last night, I tweeted:

…and I fully meant to pick up the thread this morning, and promptly forgot. So thanks to The Orange Satan, they have given Brian Brown and NOM the ridicule that it so richly deserve.

But while the Daily Kos takes a long, long time to destroy this stupidity, I will say this: Brian Brown talking about chairs as a metaphor for marriage is very funny. Dude should be an interior decorator.

Some Mental Masturbation From Heritage Foundation

Meet Ryan T. Anderson:

Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education, and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory.

And this newly minted Heritage princeling believes that semantics wins the case over legal standing. This is like a college freshman’s essay that begins with a definition from Webster’s Dictionary.

Santorum Is On Everyone’s Lips

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So what is ol’ man-on-dawg Frothy going to do, now that he is a blue-collar populist avoiding social issues? NOM’s Brian Brown has the exciting news!

I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend and stalwart marriage, family, and life champion, presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will be speaking at this year’s March for Marriage on June 19th.

From his days in the Senate, through his Presidential campaigns, Senator Santorum has never hesitated to stand for marriage and make the argument that the social values of our nation are of primary importance to the well-being of our families and children.

As always, it sounds like as much fun as a sneeze during a piss:

Senator Santorum is a huge addition to our already incredible speaker list that includes Governor Mike Huckabee, Archbishop Salvatore Cordielone, New York State Senator Rev. Rubin Diaz, and the Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall and Ryan T. Anderson, among many others.

The 2016 Goat Rodeo is looking better and better!

The Althouse Effect

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Our Lady of Merlot has a post up on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin; she’s positive on the topic (“It’s a beautiful, warm late spring night and the atmosphere was low key and not at all protest-y or political. These were couples doing what they should have been able to do all along.”), but her readers are not:

Disgusting and appalling that we see repeated the pattern that local clerks — Democrats — pull stunts with extended hours while real lawyers try to get real judges to stay the constitutionality opinions until a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can rule. Invariably (?) the appellate courts have ruled — as they should — that district court orders on major state constitutional questions should be stayed pending appeal. Utah, Michigan, Virginia; you name it. They have all put stays into effect. After, that is, a rainbow-parade circus of gay marriages in the intervening hours.

It is an abomination to the rule of law and good trial court/appellate court procedure.

So, who authorized the overtime and expenditure of taxpayers money for something that can wait until normal office hours?

Now comes the all out attack on freedom of association and the attempt to destroy the Catholic Church.

In fact, it’s already started.

You are an intensely destructive woman, Althouse.

You are Exhibit A in why the patriarchy should be restored and why women should not occupy your position. Your job should be reserved for a heterosexual man with a family.

I would link to her post, but then I’d have Mead show up here again protecting his meal ticket. Anyway, go read the comments there. These people will turn on a dime to shiv their heroes.

Somewhere, Maggie Gallagher Weeps

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A U.S. District Court judge in Eugene has denied a motion by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in Oregon’s gay marriage case.

Judge Michael McShane issued his decision Wednesday morning from the bench after an hour of oral arguments. NOM said it would appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The group also said it would seek a stay on any further action by McShane.

If my memory serves me correctly, that 0 – 17, NOM. Go home.

Congratulations to Idaho’s Wedding Industry

You just got a lot more business.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that Idaho’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry.

Dale said marriage works a fundamental change on the lives of all who experience it, and it holds immense personal and spiritual significance.

Idaho’s laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, she said…

Four Idaho couples filed the lawsuit challenging the marriage ban in November, against the governor and Ada County Clerk Chris Rich. The couples are Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers; Lori and Sharene Watsen; Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer; and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson.

Latta and Ehlers married in 2008 in California, and the Watsens married in 2011 in New York. Both couples have children and say Idaho wrongly treats Ehlers as a legal stranger to her grandchildren and requires Lori Watsen to obtain a new power of attorney every six months so she can have legal authority to consent to medical treatment for her son.

Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson, said the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho’s community and that they deserved the same protections and respect as other Idaho families.

“The court’s ruling is a victory not only for the courageous couples who brought this case, but for everyone who cares about freedom and fairness,” Ferguson said in a statement.

But like every serial drama in which there are 8 women in peril, by the third reel, the villain appears! and in this case he is the appropriately and amusingly named Butch Otter!

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case.

“In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Otter said in a statement. “Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”

Unconditional Surrender

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Chimpy’s shill for hire, ethics-challenged social engineer and Xristian Xrazie unwed mother Maggie Gallagher has written the most extraordinary surrender notice from the Marriage Equality fight:

A friend asked me, after reading my last interview with HuffPo, “So are you really stepping down from the marriage and religious liberty fight?”

No, I told him. Sorry if it sounded like that. What I am advocating doing is three very big, and very hard things: a) accepting where we are and b) learning from what we did not succeed in so that we can get to c) how do we build anew?

Right now most people who believe in the classic understanding of marriage are in shock, they are awed by the powers now shutting down the debate and by our ineffectualness at responding to these developments.

The temptation to shout and yell and stamp our feet in ineffectual ridiculousness is understandable, but it is to be resisted.

The version of America we were born into is no more. For the first time in American history being a faithful Christian (or Jew or Muslim) now calls into question in the public square in a new way one’s good citizenship.

It is quite a long piece in which she gently lets down her followers to the reality that they have lost this battle in the Culture Wars, and although she implies that they can and should build anew, the tell here is that she offers nothing, just like the call to replace Obamacare.