Ted Cruz just won’t give up. Like many other conservative Republicans who can’t let go of the issue of marriage equality, he refuses to see the writing on wall that gay marriage is rapidly becoming the law of the land. This summer, the Supreme Court is expected to rule that the remaining bans on same-sex marriage in states like Louisiana and Texas are unconstitutional – and the religious right is having an absolute emotional meltdown over the thought of that.
Instead of moving on, Ted Cruz introduced a bill last month that would allow states to ban gay marriage. If this legislation were to somehow be passed, it would fly in the face of the ruling the Supreme Court is expected to hand down.
According to CNN, 11 senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, including Louisiana’s David Vitter.
Eleven senators — John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Steve Daines of Montana, James Inhofe and James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby of Alabama and David Vitter of Louisiana — have cosponsored the bill. Texas Rep. Randy Weber introduced a partner bill in the House, which has 22 cosponsors.
It would effectively nullify the marriages of same-sex couples who married in one state and moved to another state where such unions were illegal. Currently, the federal government recognizes, and provides many benefits for, same-sex couples married in a state where gay marriage is legal, no matter where they move. (Source)
What these senators have failed to realize is that they’re on the losing side of history, and David Vitter is in no position to talk about the sanctity of marriage after revelations of his capers with ladies of the night. At this point, even an amendment to the Constitution, presumably under the 10th Amendment, would be a failed attempt to turn back the tide that has 37 states now with marriage equality on the books.
Ted Cruz isn’t willing to listen to reality, and neither are the millions of Republicans who support him. In a recent radio interview he stated that gay marriage is a threat to American liberty, and that he plans to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to let states refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“We have seen judges, and especially the Supreme Court, ignoring the law,” Cruz said. He later added, “If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, ‘making it up’ right now and it’s a real danger to our liberty.”
His proposed amendment would leave the decision of how to handle marriage up to the states. It would ensure “that the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislatures’ reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage,” he said. (Source)
Other presumptive Republican candidates for 2016 have also echoed similar sentiments, but none of them have specifically stated exactly how allowing same-sex couples to get married would infringe on anyone’s liberty. The reason why is because it doesn’t, but that won’t stop them from pandering to the fears and religious bigotry of Christian conservatives who GOP hopefuls are desperately seeking the approval of ahead of the 2016 Republican primaries.
A generation from now, history will look back on this fight and compare it then as we do now to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I just wonder if Ted Cruz will enjoy being compared to George Wallace, because like the segregationists of my grandparents’ time, he will find himself on the losing side of history.
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