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Verbatim

Clarence Thomas Keeps the ‘Dis’ in ‘Dissenting’

Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

— Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissenting opinion on same-sex marriage.

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Rubio Says Mainstream Christianity Is Threatened by Gay Marriage

We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech, because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater. … So what’s the next step after that? After they’re done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech.

— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), telling the Christian Broadcasting Network that Christianity faces a “real and present danger” from same-sex marriage supporters who cast opponents as intolerant.

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Ireland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

With today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.

— Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, quoted by the Washington Post, after Irish voters legalized same-sex marriage.

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Kasich OK with an Apparent Contradiction

I don’t usually go to weddings of people that I don’t know, OK? I don’t go to ‘em. But if somebody that I like is getting married in the traditional sense or in the non-traditional sense, I’m not hung up about it and I’ll be celebrating with them at that point.

— Gov. John Kasich (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, declining to shed light on why he felt comfortable attending a gay wedding but was opposed to gay marriage.

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Huckabee Explains the Limits of SCOTUS’ Jurisprudence

I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God.

— Mike Huckabee, quoted by CNN, on the pending same-sex marriage ruling.

Poetic Justice

Save the Stamp

As for gays, Republicans think God should smite them,
And as for gay rights, they’re the first to fight them.
But most say they’re cool with attending
A loved one’s same-sex wedding,
But what self-respecting gay couple would invite them?

Enumerati

Most Republicans Say They Would Attend a Gay Wedding

56%

Of Republicans would attend the gay wedding of a loved one if invited, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. That compares with 80% of Democrats and 70% of independents, who said they would go. Overall, 68% of Americans would attend, the poll showed, while 19% would not and 13% were unsure.

Enumerati

Support for Gay Marriage Hits New High

61%

Of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – say gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally,according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, a week before a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue. “Identical or similar majorities favor gay marriage on two key issues before the court: Sixty-one percent oppose allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriages. And 62 percent support requiring states to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states.”

Poetic Justice

‘Equality’ in Kentucky

Kentucky’s got gays all in a dither,
With an argument that’s hard to decipher.
Makes no difference, Kentuckians debate,
Whether you are gay or straight —
Who can have same-sex sex in Kentucky? Neither!

News & Comment

Sorry, Christians – Under Religious Freedom Laws, the Bible Also Requires You to Refuse Service to Adulterers

art-confederate-gay-marriedPublic outrage over the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that have passed in 21 states, so far, appears to be the latest sign of a massive shift toward support for gay civil rights. It also suggests people looked past Republican rhetoric and saw these laws for what they’re really meant to be — licenses for right-wing Christians to discriminate against gays, particularly Christians in the wedding business who want to refuse to bake cakes and provide floral arrangements for same-sex weddings based on moral grounds.

It is not only petty to withhold wedding flowers and cakes from a particular class of sinners, it is also unlawful on its face. RFRAs not only violate public-accommodation laws and would arguably be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause, their use of religion to single out a particular class of people runs afoul of the separation of church and state — the legal barrier that prevents our democratic republic from sliding into theocracy. It’s as un-American to discriminate against gays based on the Old Testament as it would be to restrict gay rights based on Sharia law, for example.

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