Some of the attempts by Christian right bigots to get out of the Supreme Court’s recent marriage ruling are cracking me up. Texas thinks they can just defund the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples (wrong!) and now a couple in Colorado are trying to pass a state constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.
A proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to gay marriage to hire a contractor to serve the couples.
Keeping gay marriage out of Colorado could be difficult, if not impossible, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide…
Both ballot questions were filed by Gene Straub and D’Arcy Straub, both of Littleton. D’Arcy Straub is a lawyer. He could not be reached Friday, and his voice message said he was on a mountain-climbing trip. Gene Straub did not immediately return a phone call…The proposed constitutional amendment states, “A marriage is recognized as a form of religious expression of the people of Colorado that shall not be abridged through the state prescribing or recognizing any law that implicitly or explicitly defines a marriage in opposition or agreement with any particular religious belief.”
Any same-sex couple married before the proposed amendment takes effect or in another state would have their relationship redefined as a civil union, which carries some but not all of the legal rights of marriage.
D’Arcy Straub thinks this would actually overturn the Supreme Court ruling? Where did she get her law degree, Billy Bob’s Law School and Bait Shop? If it were to pass, and I doubt it would, it would take about 30 seconds for a federal district court to strike it down. This is just ignorance-fueled desperation.