The justices don't even have to overturn Obergefell. And the wheels are in motion.
I will send out a notice but wanted to let you know we'll be doing another zoom chat and q and a, on Sunday nov 5th, earlier in the afternoon ET--with special guest Katherine Stewart, author of award-winning, "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism" and we'll focus on the Christian nationalist threat, Trump and 2024.
The court should be legally obligated to perform the ceremony. If she is religiously opposed to do it, the court must hire a back up person who will. That sort of ruling would appease both sides. I wouldn’t want to be married by that beotch, anyway.
Plzzz! We don’t need to see this assholes picture at the top of your column.
Thank you for laying out the roadmap the Religious Right plans to use to invalidate our marriages. It's important for all of us to understand that once SCOTUS takes a case--as they are very likely to do in sympathy with Judge Hensley, silenced by the Intolerant Left (in their view)--nothing stops them from vastly expanding upon the case they've taken up.
Just because the Texas judge feels like her religious rights have been violated will not prevent the Radical Right Justices from correcting the Court's prior "mistake" in Obergefell, Windsor, Lawrence and Griswold. Everything that is legal now can be made illegal with the stroke of the Right's pen, wielded by Barrett, Thomas, Gorsuch, or Boof.
I have been bracing for this ever since Thomas ominously stated that Obergefell would be next. And Texas is one of the most right wing courts in the country for their first legit whack at it. Sigh... You wrote a book about this in 2015- Its Not Over- and I wonder if it will ever be when it comes to bullying and demonizing LGBTQ
Here we go again having to fight for a right that was seemingly settled only for bigots to revive because as always there is more than one way to skin a cat. The religious exemption is one of the main drivers of certain segments of society that have deemed churches don't have to be attended. Just plain bigotry also is a factor. I was brought up in a church that decided the "Building Fund" was a way to fund politicians and thus my mistrust of the church as well. Those that doth protest too much will have to account for imposing their belief on others who did them no harm and violate some basic tenets of their own religion. How the separation of church and state has been degraded via the supremacist court is another war to be waged that once rethuglicans are washed away to the dustbins of history, will be waged...
Let's take up a fund raiser to place a "Interracial Marriage is not a real Marriage, because God says so" on a billboard near where Clearance Thomas lives. In a spot where he will see it everyday on his way to the court.
Unfortunately, we knew this was going to happen because after the Obergefell decision, these people said that if they couldn't get it overturned they were going to treat it like Roe v Wade and have it die a death by a thousand cuts.
This is why my wife and I traveled 12 hours to get married in Vermont. A state we felt confident would not over throw our marriage as a same sex couple if the Supreme Court reversed decisions.
If I were in charge of a Red state looking to get out of the Gay Marriage business, I would pass a law putting one state official in charge of ALL marriage licenses. And then appoint to the position a person whose religion prohibits them from endorsing marriages between a man and a man, or between a woman and a woman.
Only man/woman marriages would be permitted. Licenses for any other applicants would be denied.
This made my blood run cold. We live in NC which, while having pockets of blue (Mecklenburg and Wake counties) the vast majority of the state is red. I can see this happening here too. We have friends who live in a very conservative county and were refused a license by the county clerk. They were forced to go to a different county to get married.