Do gay people have no heart? No compassion? My marriage is two days old and already they’re back at it, trying to tear down my sacred union with the consenting adult I love by wanting the right to form their own sacred union with the consenting adult they love. How does that even sound like equality (aside from entirely)? And now they’ve spread their anti-marriage (anti-marriage by being for marriage for everybody, don’t ask me how that logic works) ways to Kentucky:
Today, July 1, 2014, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down a constitutional amendment in the state that restricts marriage to different-sex couples.
Previously, Judge Heyburn struck down the portion of the marriage ban in Kentucky that denies respect to same-sex couples who legally married in other states. Shortly after that ruling (in Love v. Beshear) in February 2014, two unmarried couples intervened in the case, which was retitled Love v. Beshear.
Oh I’ll bet Ken Ham is just apoplectic. What I would give to be a fly on his office wall. The ruling was actually pretty concise and to-the-point:
Sometimes, by upholding equal rights for a few, courts necessarily must require others to forebear some prior conduct or restrain some personal instinct. Here, that would not seem to be the case. Assuring equal protection for same-sex couples does not diminish the freedom of others to any degree. Thus, same-sex couples’ right to marry seems to be a uniquely “free” constitutional right. Hopefully, even those opposed to or uncertain about same-sex marriage will see it that way in the future.
The Court’s holding today is consistent with Bourke, although it requires different relief. The ability to marry in one’s state is arguably much more meaningful, to those on both sides of the debate, than the recognition of a marriage performed in another jurisdiction. But it is for that very reason that the Court is all the more confident in its ruling today.
Judge Heyburn also had a pretty firm message for Gov. Steve Beshear:
Heyburn rejected the only justification offered by lawyers for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear — that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability. “These arguments are not those of serious people,” he said. Heyburn held that the ban on gay marriage within Kentucky violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law and that there is “no conceivable legitimate purpose for it.”
It’s the funniest thing though: my marriage doesn’t feel threatened. I just leaned over and kissed Michaelyn and it still felt nice and special. None of the benefits of marriage I enjoy have gone away. I don’t feel attacked. In fact, I feel like…nothing has changed. Imagine that. But that can’t be right, because I’m told that if gay people get to wed that it will destroy my own marriage. It’s almost like that’s a huge load of obviously false bullshit directly from people who believe lying is a sin.
Anyway, the ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, but this is the 23rd consecutive ruling in favor of gay marriage and (I believe) the 17th federal ruling in a row. Conservatives need to get it through their heads: this is going to happen in America regardless of how much Jesus doesn’t like it. Actually, sometimes I worry that it’s happening too fast. It doesn’t give us time to savor the moans of those who insist we should discriminate because their religion commands it. It doesn’t give us time to relish each victory. So what do you say we pace ourselves….say, one state per week?
How long before owners of closely held corporations argue that abiding by non-discrimination laws burdens their freedom of religion?