A Very Simple Solution


So many people still have no clue when it comes to gay marriage and believe it to be an abomination before God. Oddly, they don’t seem to have the same problem with people wearing clothes of more than one kind of cloth, people having tattoos, or people no longer having slaves, but there you are.

The Attorney General of Texas has said that county clerks who don’t want to perform same-sex weddings don’t have to. Mind you, these weddings are a completely secular institution that have nothing to do with religion, but, again, there you are. Also, a clerk in Mississippi, long known as a bastion of tolerance and decency toward all, has resigned rather than perform same-sex weddings.

One of these people has handled this correctly, and as a mature adult. The other is the Attorney General for Texas.

I think it’s stupid to bring your religious beliefs into the workplace, but if you genuinely have a problem with the idea of having to sign off on a marriage license for a gay couple, quitting your job is a valid option. It sucks that this woman feels that she has to do that, but that’s fine; it’s her choice.

On the other hand, telling people they don’t have to do a major component of their job, simply because they don’t like one permutation of that component, is childish and asinine. It also opens up a horrible can of worms that the former Confederacy really, really doesn’t need to be dealing with.

For example, why should this stop at same-sex couples? Should a Catholic clerk be allowed to refuse to marry two divorced people? What about a Muslim clerk, who doesn’t believe Christians and Muslims should marry? Would that clerk be allowed to pass? What about someone who believes, as many people actually still do, that mixed-race marriages shouldn’t exist? Are they allowed to cite their “deeply held beliefs” and refuse to do their job?

This finding from the AG is probably illegal, and certainly unwise. It’s not going to hold up in court, nor should it. But Texas is now going to have to waste time and money defending the concept.

I think the lady that resigned her position in Mississippi is an idiot, but at least she’s doing what she feels is right for her, and not demanding that her job be changed to suit her needs. I think she’s being foolish overall, but I can respect her choice. The Attorney General of Texas, however, is simply playing politics.

His solution is probably illegal, and certainly unworkable. Hers is silly and unwise, but it affects only her. One of these people chose the simple solution. The other did not.

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50 States, 6 Territories, and 1 District Down!


We won.

In a larger, more inclusive sense, everyone wins, and that’s because no one really loses. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married. If your church is against the concept, they won’t be forced to allow same-sex couples to marry, just like they currently aren’t forced to allow mixed-race couples to marry, or allow divorced couples to marry. If your business does flowers for weddings, and you won’t do business with gays then, well, clearly money is something you hate. Also, you kind of have to do it, so suck it up and reel in the cash.

I don’t have too much more to say about this, so I’ll let Andrew Sullivan take it from here. I’ll also remind my friends that while this is good and great, we still have one more major problem to overcome before full equality; adoptions of children by gay people, which is still illegal in several states. But once that’s gone…that’s that.

It’s All Over But the Screeching


So earlier this week, I spent much of my time in Vegas. This included the days when, suddenly, gay marriage kind of exploded outward in one big rainbow cloud. The first I knew of it was when I saw a wedding chapel with a bright sign with a rainbow background saying something about it, and suggesting gays should come get married right now.

Ah, cynical capitalism. I love it.

Anyhow, obviously I’m quite pleased by SCOTUS refusing to hear the cases, and I’m pleased by the recent moves from the Ninth Circuit, even if Kennedy’s weird waffling on the issue made things a bit confusing for a few days.

Still, this is going along even quicker than I expected, and I think it is obvious that very soon we’ll have gay marriage everywhere. There just isn’t any legal leg for anyone against it to stand on.

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Equality on the Move


In the last few days, four states have had judges say that, no, not liking gay marriage isn’t sufficient reason to make it illegal. Let’s check this helpful map from Wikipedia.

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Please note that before posting, I hit F5, just in case something had changed. Anyhow, the blue states are states where same-sex marriage is now legal. The ones with red and yellow stripes have had their anti-gay marriage laws overturned, but the courts put actual enforcement on hold until the various circuit courts can hear appeals, which is somewhat sensible. So for those keeping track, that’s 19 states, with about 43% of the US population, where gay marriage is legal and happening. Another seven states, with about 18% more of the US population, will have it once the courts get things sorted out.

So to the anti-gay marriage crowd, I have to ask…when do you give up? When do you surrender and take your place on the right side of history? Come on. We’re waiting.

And So Progress Continues


Now it seems as though that last bastion of American machismo, the NFL, is about to be breached by a gay football player. Of course, there have been gay players in the NFL, just as there have been in basically every organization, but this is the first time one that is openly gay looks to be drafted. I say yay, I say it’s about time, and then I yawn a little, because it’s fucking football.

Not pictured: a fucking football

Not pictured: a fucking football

Of course he’s going to face “challenges”, as people like to say, and probably more than we all imagine, but that’s ok. I have no doubt his career will flow smoother and more easily than that of Jackie Robinson.

The other bit of good news is that the Attorney General has announced that federal recognition of gay marriages is being extended to those in all states; not just those where gay marriage is legal. This makes a huge difference for things like taxes, and in courts. It also applies pressure to force states to allow gay marriage.

So…progress is made. Slowly, and in fits and starts, but it is made.

Gay Marriage Coming Sooner Rather Than Later


Well, things have been a bit rocky in Utah the last few days. We still need to see how that shakes out. Meantime, a federal judge has ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. From what I can tell, the ruling is fairly narrow, and I don’t think it will immediately lead to gay marriages in Oklahoma. In fact, I expect there will probably be an immediate appeal to the 10th Circuit Court, which is where Utah is headed next, too. Perhaps we can end up with a nice twofer.

The people who oppose gay marriage need to just give up. They lost this one. The momentum is not on their side and won’t be turning back. Equality is coming, and hopefully with this ruling, it will come that much Sooner.

At Least One More Down, and Maybe Two


Yesterday New Mexico joined the ever-growing club of states where gay marriage is now legal. Today, however involuntarily, Utah seems to have also been dragged into it. A judge overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage, thus clearing the way.

Now there’s some legal fallout to sort through, here, and the state’s AG has asked for an emergency stay of the ruling, so we shall see what happens. Apparently at least a few couples have already gotten gay-married, though, so I’m not sure how they’re going to handle that.

Meantime, this leaves my state, Arizona, increasingly isolated. To the south is Mexico, and gay marriage is legal in several places there. To the west, we have California, with gay marriage. New Mexico is to our east, and Utah to the north. So, yes, the state I live in is less progressive than fucking Mexico. Unreal.

Still, I’m sure we’ll have it soon, if not soon enough. Know hope.