Texas Bigots Still Trying to Defund Marriage Equality

Rep. Dan Flynn of the Texas state legislature is still pushing this absurd notion that they can nullify the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling by passing a law that says no public money can be used to facilitate such marriages. He could hardly be more wrong.

A Texas state lawmaker warns constitutional chaos is developing as states try to adapt to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage.

In a letter from to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Austin, points out the various agencies affected by the ruling are spending money without permission from the the legislature.

Flynn, seeking an opinion from Paxton, notes that regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides, the state of Texas is run by its own constitution, which allows only lawmakers to authorize funding.

“Absent action by the Texas Legislature, [executive] branch agencies, such as DSHS, have not been delegated authority to promulgate policies or procedures to implement same-sex marriage in Texas or other benefits,” he said. “Therefore, any marriage license issued in contradiction with Texas state law or other policy unilaterally awarding benefits to same-sex couples is invalid.”

Flynn said the obvious solution is for the Texas governor to call a special session of the legislature to address the recent United States Supreme Court and federal district court rulings.

Just another attempt at nullification that will not work. Do these people know nothing of history at all? This has been tried, repeatedly, and it does not work. Ask George Wallace. Ask Ross Barnett, the governor of Mississippi who tried to prevent James Meredith from attending Ole Miss in 1962. We settled this with the civil war and it remains the law, no matter how much these bigots want to turn back the clock to the 1850s.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    We settled this with the civil war and it remains the law, no matter how much these bigots want to turn back the clock to the 1850s.

    Nope. THIS time we got it figured out! We unlocked the exact right magic words that will pass muster. I am sure of it!!

  • StevoR

    Still failing too. Suck shit arseholes!

  • dingojack

    theschwa – well just as long as it’s not ‘Misprision of Muster’ or whatever…

    @@ Dingo

  • John Pieret

    That’s simple. Since the state cannot provide services to some people but deny them to other similarly situated persons on a discriminatory basis, the state cannot spend any money to implement any marriages in Texas or awarding benefits to any married couples.

    These numbnutz never think it through.

  • anbheal

    No, clearly we DIDN’T settle this with the Civil War. The South absolutely kicked our asses in Reconstruction, and then again with Jim Crow, and then again in nearly every civil rights battle since Reagan took office. They won the Civil War, since they were the only ones who realized it never ended, and have been fighting against a non-combatant civilized North ever since. It’s been tried repeatedly, and it HAS worked. Just ask any sharecropper, any black family trying to get a mortgage, any woman trying to get an abortion, any gay trying to rent an apartment, any kid trying to learn real science, any Latin fieldworker trying to earn a living wage. They keep trying because it keeps working.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    How many times are they going to dig up the rotting corpse of John C. Calhoun and parade it through the streets?

  • Numenaster

    @skinnercitycyclist #6,

    As many times as it works, plus one.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    John Pieret @ # 4: … the state cannot spend any money to implement any marriages in Texas …

    That shouldn’t create any demographic problems: judging by officials elected, Texas has been majority-bastard for a generation at least.

  • busterggi

    The old Confederacy is the real-life Bizarro World.

  • samgardner

    Do these people know nothing of history at all?

    Oh, come on, Ed! They barely know what’s going on in the world around them and you want them to understand what already happened? Are you some kind of monster?