If you think marriage equality is forever, think again. We cannot and will not let this happen in the USA.
If this election has taught us anything, it is that the pendulum can swing back in the other direction at a moment’s notice. We need to be vigilant and know the threats to our newly-minted right to marry the men we love. All over the country religious do-gooders and organizations are stockpiling an arsenal of weapons to wage a war on marriage equality.
“Among Donald’s picks to fill seats on the Supreme Court: Bill Pryor, a judge who has already spoken in favor of letting states arrest gay people for having sex in the privacy of their own homes.
Matt Baume, a writer focusing on LGBT issues and the mastermind behind the long-running marriage equality show Marriage News Watch, has outlined three main ways that gay marriage can be weakened or rolled back. Putin would be so proud.
1. Weakening the Protections of Marriage
“They [Republicans] can’t stop marriage altogether, not at first,” explains Baume, “But in a variety of states, there are subtler efforts already underway.”
In Arkansas, for example, the state has already barred certain rights like having the name of both parents on their birth certificate, even if not the biological parents. Heterosexual couples, even if neither is the biological parent, can be automatically listed as parents. Only one of the parents of a gay couple may legally be listed on the birth certificate in Arkansas. This has set a precedent of inequality and institutionalized gay hatred for other states to go after. “There isn’t even a pretense here of separate but equal. It’s explicitly separate and unequal” notes Baume.
In Texas, there are bills currently being put forward, such as SB89, which would eliminate the need for Texas to heed to the US Constitution if it conflicts with the Texas state constitution. Gay marriage is illegal in Texas and this bill would therefore block all marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Texas.
2. Making Strategic Republican Appointments
“Among Donald’s picks to fill seats on the Supreme Court: Bill Pryor, a judge who has already spoken in favor of letting states arrest gay people for having sex in the privacy of their own homes.”
The same Bill Pryor also allegedly did solo gay adult entertainment back in the 80s. Let’s hope that the honorable Ruther Bader (badass) Ginsburg stays on for at least four more years.
This point is not only for the Supreme Court, but also for many far reaching positions like Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. A decade ago, the rabid vocally anti-gay lawmaker tried to amend the US Constitution to stop gays from marrying.
3. Leverage Lawsuits to Overturn Marriage Equality
The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would grant all people and corporations the ability to choose to disregard marriage licenses of same-sex couples. This includes insurance agencies, hospitals holding dying loved ones, and employees of the IRS. “So you can get married, but then your insurance could refuse to extend coverage to your spouse,” explains Baume.
These lawsuits will act as cannon fodder for bringing cases to the Supreme Court to overturn marriage equality.
On September 22, 2016, Donald Trump said in a press release, “If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths.”
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Watch Matt Baume’s video on How the Republicans Can Redefine Marriage Equality in 3 Easy Steps