The Texas GOP Is Preparing To Fight The Federal Government On Gay Marriage

gay marriageWhile many states are grudgingly joining the 21st century on the issue of gay marriage, others states like Alabama and Texas are going all in and thumbing their noses at the federal government.

The Supreme Court is widely expected to hand down a ruling next month which will likely sweep aside all remaining laws across the United States that still prohibit marriage equality. Many conservatives have finally seen the writing on the wall and have decided to focus on other issues – like going back to finding ways to restrict a woman’s right to an abortion, defunding public education, or the old standby, Benghazi.

Then there’s Texas. While Louisiana and other states have gone with the approach of trying to make discrimination against the LGBT community legal under “religious freedom” laws, Texas has chosen to go with their usual route of pretending that federal laws don’t apply to them. You know how your kids put their fingers in their ears and loudly proclaim “lalalalalalalalalalala, I can’t hear you!” when you’re trying to tell them to go to bed or do their homework? Well, that’s Texas – and these aren’t children, these are grown men and women who’ve decided that they don’t want to play by the new rules on gay marriage that are likely coming their way.

From Talking Points Memo:

Texas lawmakers are gearing up to pass one of the country’s most aggressively anti-same-sex-marriage bills this week. The bill, HB 4105, would prohibit state and local governments from recognizing, granting or enforcing same-sex marriage licenses. More than half of the members of Texas’ House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors to the bill, making its passage in that chamber likely before the legislative term concludes Thursday.

The measure’s sponsors say it is a pre-emptive move ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected in June that could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

“We as Texans have a sovereign right to define and regulate marriage,” Republican state Rep. Cecil Bell, the author of the bill, told TPM on Tuesday. “I don’t believe that this bill puts anyone in a lesser position than what they were in before. What this does is codify Texas law.” (Source)

This refusal to accept court rulings isn’t confined solely to Texas, and GOP presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are making opposition to marriage equality based on their twisted interpretation of something Jesus never actually spoke about a central issue in their campaigns. However, there’s that pesky fact that the United States was founded on the Constitution, not the Bible.

Last time I checked, Texas was still a part of the United States – despite the fact there are a bunch of conspiracy nuts who think that they’re somehow a separate country and that President Obama and the United Nations are coming to put all god-fearing Texans in FEMA concentration camps cleverly disguised as Walmart stores.

Defying a United States Supreme Court ruling is never a good idea, but don’t tell that to these lawmakers who will waste a boatload of taxpayer money only to lose in the inevitable court battles that would follow. Texas will claim that they have the right to discriminate against people they don’t like in the name of “religious freedom” and cite the 10th Amendment, while completely ignoring the 14th Amendment which is supposed to give equal protections to all Americans regardless of race or sexual preference.The 14th Amendment is what numerous other lower courts have based their decisions on which have ended various bans on gay marriage, and the Supreme Court is expected to do the same.

This is a losing battle and Texas will be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, whether they like it or not. They say that everything is bigger in Texas; apparently, so is the level of pandering bigotry which will end up costing the state millions of dollars in attorney fees to defend in court.


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