Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SCOTUS Rules Favorably On DOMA, Not Going Far Enough the Justices Tossed it Back To the States...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


But in a move that is sure to deepen tension between the right wing and the House leadership, social conservatives are gearing up to reignite the fight in D.C.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), speaking at a Tuesday meeting between reporters and conservative lawmakers, said he will file a constitutional amendment in Congress late this week to restore DOMA. Huelskamp said he will be joined by other conservatives.

“My response to this [decision] will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment,” he said.

And so we see yet more republican bigotry and unwillingness to accept that which is ethically and morally right. While many who are fiscally conservative and socially libertarian had hoped reason would ultimately prevail in the republican party, and more specifically it's Fundie faction, such will not be.

The full story from POLITICO...

Congressional Republican leaders are speaking with resounding unity: the same-sex marriage fight is ending on Capitol Hill.

While conservative rank-and-file want to continue the fight that has, in part, defined the Republican Party for much of the last few decades, leadership is eager to shift it to state capitals across the country.

House Speaker John Boehner, whose leadership spent millions to defend DOMA, said he was “disappointed” in the decision, but did not promise action in the Republican House.

“While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances,” Boehner said in a statement. “A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said he’s “disappointed in this decision, and the marriage debate will continue in the states”

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2. Senate Republican, said “like it or not, the Supreme Court is the final word on constitutional matters.”

“It sounds to me that that battle will be moving to the states,” Cornyn said. “The issue is not going away and there are going to be havens of traditional values like Texas where I don’t think the law is going to be changed.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday.

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When asked if leadership is likely to support efforts to restore DOMA, Huelskamp said he was encouraged by the Boehner’s statement after the ruling. “I give tremendous credit to the Speaker of House,” Huelskamp said.

It would be a drastic understatement to say the political dynamics of gay rights and gay marriage are shifting. National Republican politics and policy reflects the changing electorate.

The congressional GOP leadership that spent much of the last few decades trying to write into the Constitution its opposition to gay marriage, now appears to be waving the white flag when it comes to national policy. The party does face a shifting electorate, which is increasingly more comfortable with same-sex marriage, and several congressional Republicans — including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman — have endorsed same-sex marriage.

Unfortunately the "... several congressional Republicans — including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman — have endorsed same-sex marriage" are in the decided minority. Therein lies one the reason the republican party is rapidly losing much of the nation to the Libertarian Party and the Democratic Party.



Via: Memeorandum

6 comments:

  1. Yeah, the Republicans are definitely in the stone-age on this one but Obama's been kind of a schmuck, too. The dude was against gay marriage (or at least that's what he said) and the only reason that he did the minor turn that he did (basically leaving it up to the states and thereby still being to the right of Dick Cheney) was because his VP Biden opened his yapper.......I did, however, get a kick out of that conversation between the President and one of those lesbians in the law-suit. The gal goes, "thank you for your support, Mr. President." I actually started laughing.

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    1. Well Will, I get your point. However, in any case the President finally came around to the ethical and moral way of thinking. More than we can say for the republicans. At least the majority of them anyway.

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    2. Thank the Lord for Johnson and Huntsman, eh?

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  2. A lot of people are angry over the decision because it forces them to look at gays and lesbians as equals under the law. The younger generations don't perceive gays and lesbians as an underclass not worthy of equal protection. I think this will cease to be a contentious issue in another generation or so. There will always be those who are against this change on religious grounds. But we do not make laws based on religious tenets, and I'm sorry that so many people still don't understand that.

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    1. Change comes slow to many, especially those steeped in the mysticism of religious doctrine. Whether that doctrine be Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or any other flavor.

      Perhaps I am too blunt with my statements with respect to religion as I l know there are MANY reasonable and tolerant individuals of the faith. Unfortunately there are many who are not and are perfectly accepting of relegating those unlike themselves to second class status. They may not say it but their actions and support of discriminatory practices speak much louder than their feigned words.

      We are a secular nation whose foundation is built on the rule of law, not religious dictates. Exactly as our founders intended. Yet there are those who, like the Muslims they decry are acting and advocating essentially the same things. Although they will NEVER recognize it in a mullion years.

      Very little activity was generated by this post. I posted it at the Left Coast Rebel as well and slightly more activity has occurred over there. You might want to take a trip over and read the responses.



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  3. There's simply no Constitutional support for this type of discrimination.

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