USA: New Amicus Briefs on DOMA, Prop 8; Rand Paul Doesn’t Understand

Written by scott on January 31st, 2013

Defense of Marriage ActThink Progress reports on the Catholic Church’s amicus brief on DOMA and Prop 8, saying homosexuality is a voluntary action:

In contrast to the classes for which this Court has applied heightened scrutiny, what lower courts have understood to be a homosexual “orientation” is not a trait attributable from conception or birth. Rather, particularly as framed by Respondents here, it involves a species of conduct. Indeed, with this distinction in mind, this Court has recognized that a finding of a suspect or quasi-suspect class for equal protection purposes is simply inappropriate when the distinguishing characteristic is a product of “voluntary action.”

Meanwhile, TP also reports that NOM’s founder has chimed in with their argument – namely that religious rights trump gay rights (yes, because something you can choose, your religion, is more important than something you can’t, like your orientation):

Religious freedom is our first, most cherished liberty, and its guarantee is threatened today by the redefinition of marriage. Such redefinition in practice would bring a new orthodoxy that circumscribes the ability of the Christian faithful to put their beliefs into practice. Examples of Christians unable to live integrated lives of work, faith, and service as a result of overzealous attempts to redefine marriage are many, but a few should suffice reveal the pernicious threat that the adoption of same-sex marriage poses to religious liberty.

And Towleroad reports that Senator Rand Paul (I cringe a little when I write that) seems blissfully ignorant about marriage equality:

“I believe in traditional marriage,” he said during an interview with Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. “I really don’t understand any other kind of marriage. Between a man and a woman is what I believe in, and I just don’t think it is good for us to change the definition of that.”

So to summarize: you “choose” to be gay. Our choice to be religious is more important than your “choice” to be gay. And we don’t get the whole thing, anyway.

 

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Michael Barber says:

    Too bad. Religion has no basis in reality; one must present REAL EVIDENCE in a court of law; hence, the religitards have no evidence from any credible scientifically peer reviewed source; therefore, they lose.

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