USA: Rubio Against Marriage Amendment; Trump, Morris Bloviate; Amicus Briefs Dissected

Written by scott on February 7th, 2013

US Supreme CourtIn a surprise move, tea party Senator Marco Rubio said he’s against a federal amendment that would ban gay marriage across the US, instead preferring to let each state decide. On Top Magazine reports:

“I’ve always been uncomfortable with a federal constitutional amendment on anything, in particular on that, because I think it steps on the rights of states to define marriage,” Rubio said. “That’s a two-way street, though,” he added. “If states define marriage as between one man and one woman … if you’re going to say it belongs to the states, then you have to respect whatever decision they make.

Over at The Nation, Nan Hunter dissects the anti-gay marriage side’s legal briefs:

In the end, the main argument of those defending Prop 8 and DOMA boils down to a real headscratcher: the institution of marriage mixes economic advantage and cultural privilege with social control and discipline (as it should), so maybe if we talk enough about how heterosexuals will misbehave without the latter, the Supreme Court will let us keep the former to ourselves.

At Care2, Steve Williams looks at five ridiculous claims being made to the Supreme Court by marriage equality foes.

Self-Loathing Homosexuals: Oh yes, there are homosexuals out there in America who believe that denying gay people the right to marry is a perfectly sound idea. One shining example comes from David Benkof, Doug Mainwaring and Robert Oscar Lopez who together have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court over the Proposition 8 challenge, writing: “We believe children have a right to a mother and father; marriage is society’s institutional expression of that right. This is not just a theoretical abstraction for us. One of us was raised by two lesbian mothers, and knows first-hand the longing of a child for a father and the hardship a boy faces growing up without a dad. Another of us has taken his ex-wife back into his home, realizing he can only offer his children half of what they truly need.” reports that discredited conservative pundit Dick Morris uses some unfortunate language:

“My view on gay marriage is that if a state decides to go for gay marriage, the legislature or the voters, that’s great. That’s up to them. I’ve got no problem with it. I don’t believe that the courts should jam it down anybody’s throat.”

Ever notice how often conservatives use this particular trope? Makes you wonder…

And Donald Trump throws in his own two unwelcome cents, as reported at Queerty:

“I’m not [for gay marriage]. It’s not an argument that’s been discussed with me very much. People know it’s not my thing one way or another.”

That’s ok, The Donald – you’re not our thing either.


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