To these people somehow my marriage keeps them from worshiping their god. My right to equal status under secular laws for marriage benefits violates their religious freedom while they can still go to their churches, do their rituals, pray their prayers, preach their myths, wear their religious symbols, and force their doctrines on the rest of us on medical decisions. They are so filled with hate, with Christian privilege that not being able to deny me public services, to not be able to deny me equal rights under the laws, to not have the right to discriminate openly loudly, to not be able to oppress those they do not like is discrimination to them, and denying their rights. This was a secular country, but those who want it run by their religion have worked very hard over the last few decades to turn it into a theocracy. Ask yourself if any country that is a theocracy, that has forced religion with no dissent, ruled by the leaders of one sect of one religion is a country where the people have rights? Look at the islamic countries, just replace Islam with Christianity. Now replace Obergefell with Loving v. Virginia, is this still OK. If you replace same sex marriage with different race marriage is it still religious freedom to deny the right to that marriage? Or is it bigotry? Clarence Thomas wants to overturn Obergefell based on religious grounds, but his marriage to a white woman was opposed by major religious groups based on their religious freedom. Is his marriage going to be nullified to grant the bigots the right to deny him and his wife the right to marry. If you replace denying public services based on religious freedom rights against LGBTQ+ with the words black or jewish would it still be OK? What about those who claim it is their religious right not to let black people eat at the lunch counter or ride in the front of the bus? What is eating at me is how much these people have managed to do to chip away at women’s right, my rights, LGBTQ+ rights. Nothing matters to them but their right to force all of us to obey their church doctrines. Not the right to do them themselves their religious doctrines but the right to force the rest of us to live by them. Their church forbids them from eating ice cream so I can not eat ice cream either? Kim Davis was not asked to affirm the same sex marriage, not asked to go to the marriage, not asked to deny her god she was asked to do her job that she was paid to do for everyone one equally. She has several marriages and committed adultery, would it be OK for someone like her to deny her a marriage licence because her lifestyle is against their religious beliefs? If not, then it is not right to do so to same sex couples. Hugs
Via email from hate group leader Mat Staver:
Although the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to grant review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and regarding the legal doctrine known as qualified immunity, Justices Thomas and Alito appear to invite future challenges to the 2015 Obergefell marriage case.
Justice Clarence Thomas (joined by Justice Samuel Alito) wrote that the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges caused a collision with religious liberty and the Court must fix it. Four justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, strongly dissented in Obergefell. Justice Alito predicted the opinion would cause significant problems for religious freedom.
Davis has continued to argue that she is not liable for damages because she was entitled to a religious accommodation (which former Governor Bevin and the legislature granted), and that her actions did not violate clearly established rights.
In 2016, Kentucky unanimously passed legislation to provide religious liberty accommodation for Kim Davis and other Kentucky clerks.
There has been no final ruling on whether Davis is liable for damages. Depending on how the case finally concludes at the lower court, Liberty Counsel will then file a petition to present the opportunity for the Supreme Court to address Obergefell.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Even though the High Court declined to take up qualified immunity, Justices Thomas and Alito are inviting future challenges regarding Obergefell and to fix the mess the Court created.”
tRump’s new SCOTUS nomination is a firm believer in a theocracy. She is a firm believer in ruling based on her religion, not secular laws. Like Clarence Thomas she doesn’t believe equal treatment under the law applies to everyone, and would gladly deny equality to women and LGBTQ+. I listened to a breakdown of her beliefs and legal writings yesterday. Remember she has only been a judge for three years. Only three years, and now going to be on the highest court in the land making rulings the rest of us must live by. This is what the goal of the religious fanatics have been for decades. <blockquote>
The tweet’s mention of “build a ‘Kingdom of God’ in the United States” is an allusion to comments Barrett made in a 2006 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame Law School where Barrett was a faculty member from 2002 until 2017. Barrett told the graduating class:
“I’m just going to identify one way in which I hope that you, as graduates of Notre Dame, will fulfill the promise of being a different kind of lawyer. And that is this: that you will always keep in mind that your legal career is but a means to an end, and as Father Jenkins told you this morning, that end is building the kingdom of God. You know the same law, are charged with maintaining the same ethical standards, and will be entering the same kinds of legal jobs as your peers across the country. But if you can keep in mind that your fundamental purpose in life is not to be a lawyer, but to know, love, and serve God, you truly will be a different kind of lawyer.” </blockquote> https://factcheck.thedispatch.com/p/does-amy-coney-barrett-want-to-end
In four years tRump and McConnell have managed to fill the courts with people like her at all levels. The only check was the SCOTUS. Seems not for long. Hugs
Pompeo is speaking on the invitation of FPPC president John Stemberger, who once famously said that it was “worth dying” to stop same-sex marriage. Earlier this month Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed one of Stemberger’s proteges to the Florida Supreme Court. His group is separate from the Florida Family Association, which is best known here for flying anti-gay banners over Disney World during the annual Gay Days events.
More at the link above. Worth dying to stop same sex marriage says the guy who it doesn’t effect at all and whose marriage no one threatens. White Christian Privilege on parade. Hugs
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.
Since 2014, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriages, the number of married same-sex households has increased by almost 70%, rising to 568,110 couples in 2019, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households reported in 2019, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, the survey showed.
There were slightly more female couple households than male couple households.
“Opponents of marriage equality frequently argued that same-sex couples really weren’t all that interested in marriage. But the large increase in marriages among same-sex couples since marriage equality became legal nationwide offers evidence of the clear desire for marriage among same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, a demographer specializing in LGBT issues.
The survey revealed noticeable economic differences between male couples and female couples, as well as same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.
Same-sex married couples had a higher median income than opposite-sex married couples, $107,210 compared to $96,932. In same-sex marriages, though, male couples earned more than female couples, $123,646 versus $87,690.
In the survey, the average age of a respondent in a same-sex marriage was 48, and the average age of the spouse was 47. Of those who responded to the survey as being in a same-sex married household, 82% identified as white, almost 7% identified themselves as Black and almost 4% were Asian. More than 13% were Hispanic.
More than 16% of same-sex married households were interracial couples, double the rate for opposite-sex married couples.
The U.S. had 122 million households in 2019. The number of gays and lesbian households in the U.S. is greater than 980,000 since that figure only reflected same-sex couples living together.
There is more information at the link above. For years the evangelical profesional haters have cried the gays were were going to destroy marriage. Has not happened. For years these same groups have cried the gays are going to destroy the US, sorry but that seems to be tRump and his cults job. I am 57 years old, and been out almost all of my life. Really even in the military I was in a progressive unit and even way back then it was semi OK. The higher ups protected the gay jr enlisted from the senior enlisted if there was a problem. But I am tired of this ongoing hate / bigotry inspired by religious people who don’t even understand the book they think the probitions come from. I am tired of some people wanting the right to hurt others. Really holy there. I am just wondering if they will ever see the truth. Other countries have had same sex marriage for over 20 years, and their people have better lives than the people in the US. Hugs