USA: New Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Filed in DOMA/Prop 8 Cases, Rally Updates

Written by scott on February 4th, 2013

The Mormon Church is once again inserting itself into the fight over marriage equality, filing an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court urging the court to uphold DOMA. On Top Magazine reports:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) is urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved gay marriage ban. The Supreme Court will hear 2 cases in March challenging the constitutionality of each statute. Lawyers for the LDS Church drafted the briefs on behalf of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Romanian-American Evangelical Alliance of North America, Truth in Action Ministries and the Mormon Church.

African American “Bishop” Harry Jackson has also filed a brief advising the court to uphold DOMA, Joe.My.God says:

Jackson’s SCOTUS brief mostly treads his tired “don’t compare your sin to my skin” tropes. “At the heart of these arguments is the assertion that California’s expansive domestic partnership law, providing vast rights for same-sex couples, is a modern-day Jim Crow law. But comparing California’s choice of family institutions to the dehumanizing Jim Crow era is a logical fallacy. Such an assertion not only misunderstands the history and effect of the Jim Crow era but also disrespects those African Americans that lived through the era and those still struggling with its scars today. Quite simply, there is no comparison.”

NOM March 4 MarriageThis line always infuriates me. As someone who has always had the utmost respect for the civil rights struggles of African Americans, it is crazy to me that some in this minority seek to slam the door shut behind them, instead of working with us to improve things for all minorities.

Joe.My.God also reports that NOM is using an old march on Washington photo to promote their rally at the Supreme Court next month – a rally that was organized by a gay man:

Jeremy Hooper writes: “Important reminder: March 26 is not only the first day of SCOTUS hearings and the day that NOM plans to march against us–it’s also the one year anniversary of us all learning their stated intent to ‘drive a wedge between gays and blacks’ in order to ‘provoke the gay base.’

 

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