4 November 2004
They fought the law
State Question 711, which barred same-sex marriages and which passed Tuesday by a three-to-one margin, has now been challenged in court. Two couples from Tulsa have filed a lawsuit in US District Court which seeks to overturn both the Oklahoma statute and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Apparently this suit has been in the works for some time, but the plaintiffs decided to wait until SQ 711 was passed.
Senator James Williamson (R-Tulsa), who sponsored the legislation in SQ 711, says he thinks it will stand up to the court's scrutiny; the suit will probably be heard some time next year.
Posted at 8:37 PM to Soonerland
Nice ... you must be the uncompassionate conservative in the family ... just can't resist putting the boot in the neck of the guy laying face down in the mud can ya? Fascist.
I hope they win their case.
The actions of the Mass. Supreme Court set in motion the gay marriage issue for the 2004 elections. And if you believe that issue tipped the scale in favor of Mr. Bush, you can thank Mass. and and SF Mayor Gavin Newsom for four more years.
Hear me now and believe me later: Successful court actions against these state actions will only guarantee a constititional amendment banning gay marriage, or worse (depending on your point of view), banning gay marriage AND civil unions.
Now, regardless of how you feel about gay marriage, that is the political reality. So cultural conservatives like me should be rooting for these lawsuits. Liberals should tell the gay lobby to STFU and wait it out if they want to avoid permanent political death at the hands of an enraged, amendment wielding populance. (I'm not saying it's right or wrong - I'm just saying it *IS*)
If you think the cultural conservatives are mad now, wait 'til one of their gay marriage bans gets overturned by a federal appeals court or worse, the Supreme Court. Want to see the midwest (including Michigan and Wisconsin), the south, New Hampshire, and Maine's 2nd colored BLOOD RED every four years for the next 24 years? Hope these suits prevail - they are political seppuku.
Liberals should tell the gay lobby to STFU and wait it out if they want to avoid permanent political death at the hands of an enraged, amendment wielding populance. (I'm not saying it's right or wrong - I'm just saying it *IS*)
That's happening. I've already read one widely respected Democrat political columnist here in Georgia calling for exactly that as a condition for rebuilding Georgia's once unchallengeable Democratic Party from its present shambles.
Yeah, but they ALSO said "blacks should be eased into full rights'