The Supreme Court on Monday morning put on hold a federal judge’s decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, thus stopping a wave of such marriages across the state. The Court’s order reinstates the state ban and will keep it intact until after a federal appeals court has ruled on it.
The order appeared to have the support of the full Court, since there were no noted dissents. The ruling can be interpreted as an indication that the Court wants to have further exploration in lower courts of the basic constitutional question of state power to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Had it refused the state’s request for delay, that would have left at least the impression that the Court was comfortable allowing same-sex marriages to go forward in the thirty-three states where they are still not permitted by state law.
The order, however, cannot be interpreted as a dependable indication of how the Court will rule on the issue when it finally decides to do so directly.
Meanwhile, Trestin Meacham orders a steak*.
*But we’re only guessing.
…the world is changing:
And that is what marriage equality looks like. Bite me, Pat Robertson.
This is the new logo from famous hate-group Family Research Council that they will use to help rally their troops of mouth-breathers and god-botherers to fight the Supremes for overturning DOMA.
Now, aside from the little man who looks like he might be giving head, and then the rallying cry, “On our knees for America” followed by the tagline, “I’m In” sorta seals the deal for me. Whoever their graphic designer is, I’m betting is laughing all the way to the alter with his/her same-sex partner.
(AmericaBlog via many email tips)
“Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
“I’m going to Key West for the White Party. See you in August.* “
*But I’m only guessing.
…which, in effect means that marriage equality has returned to California.
The Xristian Xrazies had no legal standing to appeal the decision when the state refused.
“The Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiciton to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.”
And in plain english: “After the two same-sex couples filed their challenge to Proposition 8 in federal court in California, the California government officials who would normally have defended the law in court, declined to do so. So the proponents of Proposition 8 stepped in to defend the law, and the California Supreme Court (in response to a request by the lower court) ruled that they could do so under state law. But today the Supreme Court held that the proponents do not have the legal right to defend the law in court. As a result, it held, the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the intermediate appellate court, has no legal force, and it sent the case back to that court with instructions for it to dismiss the case.”
(Opinion is here)
Only six Democratic holdouts [for Marriage Equality] remain in the Senate: Mark Pryor (AK), Tim Johnson (SD), Joe Manchin (W.VA), Mary Landrieu (LA), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Joe Donnelly (IN).
I think we have found the Dogs that are Blue. Anyway, FL Sen. Ben Nelson is not walking on the side of the angels, having endorsed Marriage Equality.
The trailer warns “If homosexual activists achieve their goal, it will be the criminalization of Christianity.” It goes on to claim that: ”Time and freedom are running out”, and that if ”gays win, Christians lose.”
Because no one is more discriminated against and put upon than the Xristian Xrazies.
It’s not a real movie trailer, look at the end, it is the default stuff from Apple’s iMovie software. RightWingWatch tells us that the last film project by Porter (in 2010), True 2 Life, never made it off the ground. Porter is the author of the book The Criminalization of Christianity, which was published in 2009. So… maybe she is trying again?
“I don’t support the gay marriage.”
–Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). Salmon’s son, also named Matt, came out as gay several years ago.
“If he’s gonna bring home another boy,” Salmon did not say, “I hope he’s at least white.”
“Who do you love more, Christ or your coffee?”
–Robert Breaud, self-loathing, ex-gay best known for his song It’s Not OK To Be Gay, rhetorically, to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz