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Law of the Land?

A Supreme Court decision is the Law of the Land, unless Christian bigots dislike what the court says.

The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, probably doesn’t really give a damn who marries whom.  But he’s no stranger to what works in Texas politics, and what works there is playing to the persecution myths of the white Christian heterosexual cis-gender males, the most grotesquely over-privileged group ever to walk the face of the earth.  In a press release he called Friday’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges “a judge-made edict that is not based in the law or the Constitution” and said it “diminishes faith in our system of government and the rule of law.”

Inevitably, this emboldened petty officials around Texas to disobey the law, and sure enough we have Hood County clerk Katie Lang saying she won’t issue any same-sex marriage licenses because “It’s my religious liberty, my belief in traditional marriage”.

Here’s what they don’t get.  And I see I am going to have to make this simple enough so that even stupid people like Paxton and Lang can understand it.  So I will take a cue from Randall Munroe of xkcd when he explained the Saturn V launcher that took us to the moon.  (I hope Paxton and Lang aren’t in denial about that, also.)  Munroe decided to use only the thousand – sorry: ten hundred – most common words to explain one of humanity’s most amazing technological accomplishments, and created a panel called Up Goer Five.   Along those lines:

When two people love each other they might want to share a home, they might want to share it for all of their lives. They might want a baby, or a few.  The state where they live likes this, because having families in the places where people live makes those places nicer.  So the state gives people who share this way some good stuff.  They are allowed to visit each other in the hospital, without being bothered.  They are allowed to pay less money to the state, and to have easier ways to make the papers for doing that. The state accepts less money because the people making a family help make the state a better place in ways money doesn’t help with.  Families, love and sharing are just good for the state and all the people who live there. 

Now, the people who say what’s allowed in all the states have said that no state can stop two people who want to love, share and make a family from doing that.  Even if the two people don’t fit the old idea of “one of them has to be a man and the other one has to be a woman.”  

Some people think a god will be angry about this.  But any people who care about what the god thinks are free to stick to the old idea when they make a family.

thanks to http://splasho.com/upgoer5/ for making that a lot easier than it might have been

At least Cleburne County (AR) Clerk Dana Guffey had the integrity to resign over this issue, rather than remain in office, refuse to do her job, and impose her religious bigotry on others.  Kudos to her for that.

DBAs take on Marriage Equality, or The Y2Gay Problem

A geekily-hilarious but also serious treatment of one of the least bigoted objections to the Marriage Equality decision of last Friday: the database administrators of the world now have hell to pay.


Of course, we live in the twenty-first century, and in the words of Eddie Izzard, “there’s gonna be a lot more guys with makeup during this millennium”. Basically what I’m talking about is your non-conventional people, your non-male-non-female folks. Just having sex as a “male or female” choice is as short-sighted as having “marriage” as a “husband or wife” choice. You may need something like:
- id
- forename
- surname
- birthdate
- sex_id (foreign key references column sexes)

- id
- partner_1_id (foreign key references column humans.id)
- partner_2_id (foreign key references column humans.id)
- marriage_date
- divorce_date (NULL if marriage not ended)

- id
- string
…where the latter table would contain such well-known sexes as “female”, “male”, “intersexed”, “not stated” and leave room for juggling later, since gender roles will doubtless become more non-trivial as time passes.
In fact, the whole “gender”/”sex” thing is more complicated than this. As we all (should) know, “sex” is a strictly biological term referring primarily to the shape of the organs between your legs while “gender” is more of a mental identity or social role term, so let’s include that too:

Yeah – go read the whole thing.  It’s actually all quite funny.

The Last Marriage Rally?

We attended the rally/celebration yesterday to celebrate the excellent outcome of Obergefell v. Hodges, confirming that the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law does indeed include LGBTQ people.

It would be easy to say, well, look at us 61 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and we still have to fight racism.  42 years after Roe v. Wade and we still have to fight for women’s autonomy over their own bodies.

But the reason we cite those landmarks is that they switched the game.  They each put the forces of regression and ignorance on the defensive.  Enlightenment took the high ground.  That doesn’t end the fight, but it gives the right side the advantage.

So was this the last marriage rally?  Probably not.  But all future rallies will be anchored in this position of strength and defending it, not clawing for something more from a position of having less.

It was a good week for the Supreme Court.  They found in favor of an expanded view of the Fourth Amendment and the Fair Housing Act.  They found the common sense to interpret the Affordable Care Act the way Congressmen all said they should, the only obvious way.

As a Facebook wag pointed out, it was a pretty lousy week to be an authoritarian racist homophobe who thinks poor people should be denied health care.  Because the week was capped off when Justice Anthony Kennedy, a man whose name has seldom been linked to the phrase “stirring prose”, wrote:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies
the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice,
and family. In forming a marital union, two people become
something greater than once they were. As some of
the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage
embodies a love that may endure even past death. It
would misunderstand these men and women to say they
disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do
respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its
fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned
to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s
oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the
eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered. 
read the whole opinion here. I have to go now.  Someone’s chopping onions.

There’s no Lash like a Backlash

I am starting to think that it really is the bigots’ last stand.  Which certainly has the potential to get ugly – as well-armed as they are.  Still, things do seem to be moving in the right direction.

First off, Franklin Graham moved his money out of that gay-smooching bank, Wells Fargo, and right into BB&T which is specifically, exclusively for manly men and… oops.  Looks like his new bank has a nice, high rating from the HRC and is a Platinum Sponsor of Miami Beach Gay Pride.  I hate moving banks because it’s such a hassle, so I am relishing Frankie having to do it twice in one month.  Or maybe, in North Carolina where he lives, they have a branch that promises to offset anything progressive the rest of the company does by buying kegs for the KKK rallies.  He’d be down with that, wouldn’t he?

So now that you’re smiling at that, be prepared for a warm glow to spread.  According to this article in today’s NY Times, the effect of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” act (or, as I like to call it, “Bigotry is OK if You Wave a Bible Around” act) is maybe not what the troglodytes Republicans who worked to pass it intended.   In fact, as Pride Week opens in Indiana, support is greater this year than ever: and both from the corporate world and from straight allies.  Quoth the Times: “’We hate that we had to go through that,’ said Chris Morehead, president of Indy Pride Inc., a local gay rights group that organized this week’s events. ‘But on the back side of it, we saw support from places we never imagined.’”

I hope Gov. Pence is sharing in the warm glow.

Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein for the NY Times

Divorce and Rolling Coal

So there’s this Australian couple who have let it be known that if Australia becomes a civilized place where any two people regardless of gender can get married, they will get a divorce.  That’s right – if civil marriage in Oz can’t conform to their religious ideas then they want no part of it.

If this brings to mind images of toddlers throwing temper tantrums and holding their breath until they turn blue, I think you are being unfair.  To toddlers.

I love that they open their position statement with, “As Christians…”  That always reminds me of Bill Maher’s famous take: they think we’re hearing that they have the moral high ground, but what we’re really hearing is that they have a neurological disorder.

For some reason it also reminded me of the “Rolling Coal” idiots in the heartland of the USA.  You may have seen these guys riding around in hideously oversized diesel trucks that have had their engines specially damaged tuned to produce inky black exhaust.

This is (are you sitting down?) their way of protesting against the existence of hybrids and electric vehicles.  Protesting against other drivers trying not to destroy the environment.

If these assorted morons really wish to damage themselves because the human race is making social progress, I wish they would try harder not to harm others in the process.  And I also wish they would be more efficient about it.

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