President Biden signed a bill into law last Tuesday codifying same-sex and interracial marriages. It was a bipartisan bill as it picked up a dozen votes from Republican senators (out of 50) and 39 votes from House Republicans (out of 208).
The nation has evolved on marriage. Only 42 percent of Americans were in favor of same-sex marriage in 2004. Today, that number is 68 percent.
In 1958, only four percent of Americans were in favor of interracial marriage. Today, it’s around 94 percent.
Even President Biden has evolved on same-sex marriage. He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman and blocked federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Now, his signing of the Respect for Marriage Act repeals DOMA.
The Defense of Marriage Act is an attempt to cut bigoted governors and the Supreme Court off at the pass. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made hate and bigotry a focal point of his administration and has signed several hate bills into law in that state, and several other GOP states are following his lead. The number of Republicans in favor of same-sex marriage has risen over the years to 43 percent, but the majority of them still oppose it. If Democrats had waited until the next session to vote on this bill codifying interracial and same-sex marriage, it may not have passed in the House where Republicans will now be the majority.
One of those Republicans who appears to still oppose same-sex marriage is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is in an interracial marriage.
After the Supreme Court ruled that yee-haw states can ban abortion, non-fundamentalist-wackadoodle rational people who live in this century expressed concern over what might SCOTUS ban next. Thomas has given us more than an inkling.
In his concurring opinion on the decision to overrule Roe v Wade, Thomas wrote, “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”
Griswold v Connecticut established a married couple’s right to use contraception without government interference in 1965. The court ruled in the 2003 case of Lawrence v Texas that states could not criminalize sodomy. In 2015, Obergefell v Hodges established the right for same-sex couples to marry.
This is some scary stuff. What Thomas did with his concurring opinion was signal fucknut states to send them cases on contraception, sodomy, and gay marriage so that the fundamentalist fucknut court can ban them. Don’t forget that the case the court used to overturn Roe v Wade wasn’t even about banning abortions.
Thomas was on the court for two of those cases and now wants the court to vote on them again since he side now has the majority. This would be like the Buffalo Bills wanting to go back and replay the 1993 Super Bowl because they’re much better than Dallas now.
Also, don’t forget that Republicans are the biggest howlers about government overreach, yet here they are trying to ban birth control, marriages that offend them, and what consenting people do in the privacy of their bedrooms, despite none of that having any actual impact on their lives.
Clarence Thomas is in a mixed marriage, so he’s at least open-minded to that unless he thinks he’s a white guy (that’s not totally out of the question). He’s also signaling that he and Ginni have never done it in the butt which is something none of us should ever think about. If that’s in your brain now, my bad.
I know Republicans who are in interracial marriages who get rightly offended when they encounter racism toward their marriages…but they don’t respect other marriages.
I saw one post on Facebook that he didn’t need Democrats or Joe Biden to defend his interracial marriage, ignoring that it was the federal government that legalized his interracial marriage and has now codified it.
My message to Clarence Thomas, the rest of the majority on the Supreme Court, and all Republicans is that they need to respect ALL marriages… not just their own.
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There are a lot of things SCOTUS, and Republicans in general, need to respect, but may not because they are trying to impress their evangelical voters. They might impress voters in evangelical states, but all they are doing is raising the ire of average Americans. The Right to pursue Happiness is universal — for everyone!
Is that a pubic hair on the Clarence coke (yes!)? And Kav drinking a PBR!!!! Excellent! Ginni T is married to Django’s Stephen.
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THIS is very close to my heart … “President Biden signed a bill into law last Tuesday codifying same-sex and interracial marriages. It was a bipartisan bill as it picked up a dozen votes from Republican senators (out of 50) and 39 votes from House Republicans (out of 208).”