John M. Becker

Westboro Baptist Seeks to Intervene in KS Marriage Case

Filed By John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Kansas, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist ChurchAs regular Bilerico readers already know, the ACLU's challenge to marriage discrimination in Kansas has triggered a veritable cavalcade of crackpots.

The latest group to jump on the crazy train is the infamously bigoted Westboro Baptist Church, which filed a brief yesterday seeking to intervene in the case.

The brief, signed by Margie Phelps, extensively cites the Bible (because of course it does). It reads, in part:

"No form of government will ever survive if it rejects and casts away as rubbish the standards of God. On no issue is this more apparent than the issue of same sex marriage. Many laws in this nation are based on Bible standards. This Court should not disregard the Bible standard on the question of same sex marriage, any more than it would ignore the Bible standard on the issue of murder.

Same-sex marriage will destroy Kansas. If this Court requires officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval of the government, that will cross a final line with God. The harm that will befall this state, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on Kansans is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people. Kansas voters, in some recognition of the harm that would befall a people who would so flagrantly disobey God voted against same sex marriage. What a horrible disservice to the citizens to ignore that vote and impose sin on the people to their great harm. What interest could be more compelling for the government than to seek the blessings of God on this nation, by obeying His commandments and following His standards?

More, after the break.

Here's another gem from the filing:

It is no small matter for a nation to accept the sin of sodomy, and the lifestyle or agenda that it entails. The description of the utter annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah and three nearby cities is stark, and directly tied to homosexuality. This historical event described in Genesis 191;1-28, Holy Bible, must be considered at this hour, in all its graphic glory, and can be found at Addendum 2 for ready reference. Every adult, child, suckling and animal utterly destroyed. (Most likely amidst a lot of talk about committed relationships and dignity and respect.) Sodom is held as an example in the New Testament, for instance: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Of course, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree is very likely to deny Westboro's attempt to intervene and encourage them to submit an amicus brief instead -- just as he did with the Unruhs, the couple who sought to intervene on the grounds that same-sex marriage would steal their marriage away.

A copy of Westboro's motion is below, via Equality Case Files.

2:14-cv-02518 #19 WBC motion to intervene by Equality Case Files

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