Bigot: America Will Revolt if SCOTUS Votes for Marriage Equality

It’s immensely amusing and satisfying to me when anti-gay bigots pretend that they’re still a massive force capable of passing a constitutional amendment. Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values says that if the Supreme Court strikes down state laws banning same-sex marriage there will be an “uprising” and the constitution will be amended to overturn that ruling.

Speaking over the weekend with Mission America’s Linda Harvey, Burress said he feared that the Supreme Court “will force same-sex marriage on all fifty states,” adding that “the nation is not going to stand for this.”

Burress added that in the event of such a ruling anti-gay activists will be forced to reorganize and launch a new campaign to amend the Constitution: “I really believe if the Supreme Court was to rule the wrong way, I think you’re going to see an uprising and a demand for a constitutional amendment that takes this matter out of the hands of the courts and puts it back into the states.”

And it will be just as successful as identical “uprisings” to amend the constitution that came after the Supreme Court forbid school segregation in 1954, after it overturned state laws against interracial marriage in 1967, after it upheld a right to choose an abortion in 1973, after it ruled that flag burning was protected speech in 1989, after it overturned state sodomy laws in 2003, and so forth.

Less than 40% of Americans now oppose same-sex marriage. A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress and three-quarters of the states. I’ll win the Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming before that happens.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    From what I gather watching all the machinations, the vote will be 7-2, with only Scalito (they share the same brain) on the opposing side. Even Thomas seems to be unwilling to be part of a “Dredd Scott” type decision.

  • Silent Service

    I’m sure Phil knows that real America has to Gerimander a few more votes before they actually change the Constitution.

  • John Pieret

    And if the constitutional amendment fails, there will be an uprising and a demand for everyone to hold their breath until they turn blue!

  • raven

    , I think you’re going to see an uprising ,,,

    I’m sure that is true.

    It will be just like their last uprising!!! The one in Washington DC that had a few dozen people.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Marriage is a state’s rights issue, but if the Supreme Court decides it’s not we’ll put marriage back in the hands of the states by keeping it out of the states’ hands!

  • dingojack

    “I’ll win the Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming before that happens.”

    Keep training Ed – It might happen (if there’s an infinite number of universes).

    :) Dingo

  • https://www.facebook.com/jackbishop Jake Wildstrom

    And it will be just as successful as identical “uprisings” to amend the constitution that came after the Supreme Court forbid school segregation in 1954

    I know what you mean, but I very much doubt it will be even that successful. There were some heavy social blocs with serious investment in segregation for both social and economic reasons: keeping black people “in their place” was awfully useful to the existing white power structure who mounted significant resistance to desegregation in every form.

    By contrast, nobody actually benefits from denying marriage equality to gay people. Once you get past the “gay people are icky!” impulsive reaction, nobody has any skin in the game on the side of the status quo, and it looks like rank-and-file conservatives have figured that out. They’re not going to choose this hill to die on when nobody’s going to give them a medal for it.

  • hunter

    They couldn’t get a marriage amendment through Congress when Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House and public opinion wasn’t nearly as supportive of marriage equality. Now there are Republican senators on record as supporting same-sex marriage, and of the states with marriage equality, thirteen of them either did it on their own — referendum or legislative action — or have failed to repeal it when it was a court decision. That leaves 37 states where there is even a possibility of ratifying such an amendment, and I’d figure they might, in a worst case scenario, get 35. They need 38.

  • busterggi

    “And it will be just as successful as identical “uprisings” to amend the constitution that came after the Supreme Court forbid school segregation in 1954, after it overturned state laws against interracial marriage in 1967, after it upheld a right to choose an abortion in 1973, after it ruled that flag burning was protected speech in 1989, after it overturned state sodomy laws in 2003, and so forth.”

    I hate to piss on the parade but, in case you haven’t noticed, the right-wing has never actually accepted any of these and has consistantly been uprising against them. They haven’t succeeded because they don’t have the numbers but never underestimate the potential for human stupidity & bigotry.

  • peterh

    “[T]he nation is not going to stand for this.”

    Oh, really? 33 out of the 50 states already do. That’s a two-thirds majority.

  • John Pieret

    They are tuning up their muscles for the revolt!

    From the RRW article about it:

    … the Family Research Council and its Arkansas affiliate will join with Rick Scarborough’s Vision America to hold an anti-marriage-equality rally in Little Rock.

    Among the speakers at the rally — which follows the state supreme court’s decision to take up a marriage case — will be Arkansas native Josh Duggar, the TLC reality show star and the executive director of FRC’s political arm.

    Star power and everything! So how did they do? A whole (OMG!!!) 300 people … in Arkansas! … including gay marriage supporters … showed up!

    http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/nov/19/gay-marriage-opponents-rally-capitol-pray-states-h/

  • D. C. Sessions

    So how did they do? A whole (OMG!!!) 300 people … in Arkansas! … including gay marriage supporters … showed up!

    How many once you leave out the Duggar clan? After the gay marriage supporters and Press?

  • Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    But the Repigfuckans are already revolting…

  • whheydt

    Re: John Pieret @ #11…

    Got bunches of people there who are unclear on how constitutionality of laws works (no surprise tehre).

    Also…not much of journalist writing the story… “Kneeled in prayer”? How about “Knelt…”.

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    I’ll win the Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming before that happens.

    …partnered with yourself.