So the Supreme (Kangaroo) Court has finally struck down laws and state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.
That’s good. It’s great, as a matter of fact, and I for one am happy for all those LGBT persons in America who can now at long last join millions of us straight folk in adding to the national divorce rate. (Ha ha! Just raggin’ on ya. Congratulations for earning victory a hard-fought battle for equal rights!)
Barry Obama, ever the conniver, even went so far as to make a pretty speech.
President Obama on Friday hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry, declaring that the decision has “made our union a little more perfect.”
Of course, Barry O. hopes we’ll forget that his very own Department of Injustice fought tooth and nail to defend same-sex marriage bans, including the Orwellian-titled ‘Defense of Marriage Act’, even going so far as to invoke incest and pedophilia in one of its more infamous legal briefs. When called out for his hate-filled act of betrayal, he flat out lied to cover his ass, claiming he wanted Congress to pursue a legislative solution, something he knew was never going to happen.
But that’s not all Obama has done to deny equal rights to LGBT persons. After Joe Biden went on record in support of same-sex marriage, putting his boss in the hot seat to actually follow up with some kind of response, Obama went on ABC News and declared his intention to abrogate his duty to enforce the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
ABC News has only released one brief clip of Obama’s conversation about gay marriage today, but it seems fairly clear from the network’s coverage that his announcement amounts to much less than meets the eye. He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn’t believe they have a right to do so. This is like saying that black children and white children ought to attend the same schools, but if the people of Alabama reject that notion—what are you gonna do?
The key language in the ABC News write-up is this:
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.
On this afternoon’s special broadcast, Jake Tapper echoed that point: “The president said he thought this was a state-by-state issue.”
Well, before Roe v. Wade, abortion was a state-by-state issue, too. So was slavery. There are 44 states in which gay men and women are currently barred from marrying one another. Obama’s position is that, while he would have voted the other way, those 44 states are perfectly within their rights to arbitrarily restrict the access of certain individuals to marriage rights based solely on their sexual orientation.
As one writer put it:
This is disturbing for obvious reasons: if the Obama mindset had been present at certain key points in American history, then we would still have slavery today because it would be a “states’ rights” issue; we would still have bans on interracial marriage, legal segregation in all facets of society, and minorities would still be denied the right to vote in elections; Social Security, Medicare, and other safety net programs would not exist; and all manner of progressive achievements would not now exist — because they would have been regarded as “states’ rights” issues, rather than Constitutional ones.
Obama’s hostility to LGBT rights extended beyond his opposition to marriage equality. He actively fought legal efforts to overturn the ban on LGBT persons serving in the military, instead passing a toothless revision in existing law that continues to keep LGBT personnel in the proverbial closet.
We should be happy for marriage equality finally being granted to everyone in the United States. But we shouldn’t forget that we might have arrived at this historic achievement a lot sooner if Obama had done his job instead of fighting LGBT rights every step of the way. It took a divided Supreme Court to do what is ultimately the duty of the executive branch, and that executive branch under Obama has done everything in its power to obstruct the LGBT rights movement.