Christian Bigots Protest Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

Christian Bigots Protest Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court June 27, 2018

This week was the three-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, and a gaggle of the most extreme anti-gay bigots on the Christian right gathered at the court to protest against it on Tuesday morning. It was a celebration of the ignorant and the irrational.

Attribution: Benson Kua

“If Justice [Anthony] Kennedy, and Justice [Ruth] Ginsberg, and Justice [Stephen] Breyer and Justices [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan are correct and domesticated sodomy is merely a form of, quote, love, worthy of the sacred life-giving institution of marriage, then God himself is a liar. And that cannot be,” LaBarbera said.

Or you don’t actually have any idea what any god or gods have ever thought or said about this or any other subject. So much for that false dichotomy.

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire, a Religious Right activist who we have covered extensively, spoke next and said he was in Washington “to declare war on secularization without representation” and complain that there was “not one” evangelical Christian on the Supreme Court.

“What we are dealing with today is a godless Supreme Court that has forced upon us secularization, the removal of God, without any representation at all for the Christian community. And we stand here to say that the Obergefell decision is legal fiction, it’s pretended legislation and courts do not make law,” Daubenmire said.

And this is why Daubenmire is a (former) high school football coach and not a constitutional scholar. All he can do is string catchphrases together that don’t actually mean anything other than “I don’t like this.” I’m half-surprised he didn’t barge in and order Justice Ginsburg to drop and give him 20 pushups.

Religious Right activist Matt Trewhella also spoke and said it was “the duty of all state officials, the president, and Congress, when it comes to the Obergefell opinion, their duty is to not obey but to interpose” and that “nothing less will do.”

“We gathered here today to hear what nine men had to say, thinking that they are the final voice in what is or is not constitutional,” Trewhella said, to the groan of a counter-protester aghast that he didn’t seem to know that there are female justices on the Supreme Court.

“It’s the duty of the governors, it’s the duty of county officials, because Congress is a weakling and is not going to defy SCOTUS. The county and state officials must defy them and not go along with their repugnant Supreme Court opinions,” Tewhella said.

Gosh, that seems familiar. Where have I heard that one before? Oh yeah, when George Wallace said the same thing to prevent black children from going to white public schools. Same regressive agenda, different names. And on and on it went like that. Frankly, I find it amusing. The rest of the country has moved on from this issue. A large majority now supports the legality of same-sex marriage. None of the parade of horribles has taken place. Society hasn’t collapsed, marriage hasn’t been destroyed. It’s just a bunch of ignorant bigots screaming into the void.

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