“If any of you can show just cause why these two may not lawfully be married,” goes the familiar line from the marriage liturgy, “speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.” After Wednesday, there is no just cause why same-sex couples may not be lawfully married. But that doesn’t mean the opponents of marriage equality are likely to hold their peace, now or ever.
First of all, no matter what you’ve heard, there have been no signs of the apocalypse since Wednesday. That’s got to be a disappointment to the anti-equality right wingers who were expecting something like this.
Given that France, Uruguay, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and New Zealand have not been wiped off the face of the earth, it’s probably too soon start digging a bunker.
State Rep. Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania Democrat, was blocked by conservatives from speaking on the House floor about the Supreme Court's DOMA decision, which one Republican explained was because Sims would be violating "God's law."
WHYY-FM reports that Sims, who is the state's first openly gay lawmaker, was prevented from speaking about the decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act via a procedural move. "I wasn't planning on chastising anybody. I wasn't planning on discussing how far we have to come in Pennsylvania or that we really have no civil rights in Pennsylvania," Sims said. "It was really just going to limit my comments to how important the cases were."
Sims, to his credit isn't about to shut up. He took to the floor of the Pennsylvania House to demand those who blocked him from speaking be reprimanded.
If I had to guess, I’d say the founding fathers would first have to recover from learning that there’s a black guy on the Supreme Court, and another in the White House. Anyway, Cathy chickened out and deleted his tweet.
Apparently, denying same-sex couples these protections does not “'disparage,' 'injure,' 'degrade,' 'demean,' and 'humiliate' our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual.” At least, not in Scalia’s book.
But the best conservative DOMA-related freakout and the best response has to be the “exchange between Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.