Prop 8 Overturned: Of Course You Realize, This Means War…

Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage today. His decision is based on his ruling that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  Walker ruled Wednesday that California’s Proposition 8, which passed via a 2008 ballot initiative, violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. This is seen as a huge victory for LGBT rights, but we need to be wary of celebrating too soon.  The religious fundamentalists are not going to take this lying down. This decision is undoubtedly going to wind up before the Supreme Court, and proponents need to dig in for a long and ugly fight.  Almost as soon as the decision was publicized, religious conservatives vowed to fight the ruling until the Supreme Court, saying the decision threatens gay marriage bans nationwide.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated, “This lawsuit, should it be upheld on appeal and in the Supreme Court, would become the ‘Roe v. Wade’ of same-sex ‘marriage” .

Another shining star of the religious right, Brian Brown, President of the National Organization of Marriage, stated, “We expected nothing different from Judge Vaughn Walker, after the biased way he conducted this trial. With a stroke of his pen, Judge Walker has overruled the votes and values of 7 million Californians who voted for marriage as one man and one woman.”

These individuals and all the religious fundamentalist like them may shout out their pious pleadings of self-rightousness, but they are nothing but garden-variety bigots. Their actions and activities are based on the fear that granting rights to homosexuals to legally marry threaten heterosexual marriage. Just how that would happen is never explained, but as with many arguments based on religious morality, there is the notion that an explanation is not necessary. They perceive a threat, and that is enough. It is an emotional reaction rather than a reasoned argument, which is common amongst bigotry. They believe what they believe, so therefore it must be true, and that is good enough. No evidence is necessary. This is a natural reaction by the bigoted, because they feel the need to control their environment and exposure to another individual who lives life in a manner quite different from their own represents a threat. This threat is an emotional one and emotion is what drives bigotry.

What they probably don’t realize due their willful ignorance of human evolution is that the reason behind these emotions arises from a very primal instinct. The dominance-submission behaviors found in other species often have definite sexual overtones, particularly in other primates. If a dominant male wants something possessed by a subordinate male, the dominant will often bite the subordinate, causing a painful reaction which results in the subordinate releasing whatever the dominant wants, then the subordinate will present his rump.  Anyone who has more than one male dog knows this from experience. It is the presentation of the rump that is important. This action lets the dominant male and the rest of the pack understand that the subordinate male is submissive and that the dominant male may have his way with him, regardless of the extent that may take. It’s essentially a submission to rape, should the dominant male desire to do so.

While this is normal in the animal kingdom and the rational human being understands that we have evolved beyond this behavior, it is this instinctual fear of rape is what drives much of the bigotry toward homosexuals, and because the religious fundamentalist views marriage as the only approved venue for sexual relations, they see homosexual men as a threat of a loss of control, of dominance, of status.  They view themselves as “better than” the homosexual, and granting the right to marry to a homosexual puts them on equal footing on a playing field they believe the homosexual is not worthy of or even entitled to, and they have their bible, the very word of their god, to back them up.  Ignorance and bigotry are very familiar bedfellows, if you will pardon the pun. On a side note, it is interesting that this fear of male/male dominant rape is the origin of the often used phrase “cover your ass”.  

The fact is, same sex marriage threatens nothing, least of all heterosexual marriages.   Society as a whole pays a steep price for bigotry against homosexuals because it distorts how we deal with sex, sexuality, perception of strangers, interaction with co-workers and reacting to public health issues. Add to that the prevalence of which religionists appeal to prejudice and you begin to see that the cost to society is enormous. The fear of homosexuality among heterosexuals remains one of the most prevalent causes of sexual dysfunction and the only thing standing in the way of finally getting past the issue of same sex marriage.

Homosexuals deserve unreserved participation in all aspects of American life and discrimination of any kind against our homosexual neighbors need to be relegated to the same status as racial discrimination, and not just on paper.  Religious doctrines that spew hatred and intolerance toward homosexuality should be treated just as those doctrines that advocate slavery and the belief that black people are an inferior people group.   If you remember, interracial marriages used to be illegal.  That was wrong, and so is the opposition to same sex marriage.

In closing, with regard to the image that is at the heading of today’s entry, those horrible, ignorant little bastards that show up at the National Organization of Marriage rallies holding these banners up that offer the solution to same sex marriage as the murder of homosexuals, they should be arrested and imprisoned.  Free speech does not mean the right to advocate the murder or physical assault of anyone. It is a right that comes with responsibility. Bigotry and intolerance have no place in modern society and if getting to a place where we are all treated equally regardless of who we are sexually means the wholesale eradication of religion, then that is yet another reason why we’d be better off a completely secular society.

  6 comments for “Prop 8 Overturned: Of Course You Realize, This Means War…

  1. August 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Irrationality is not all bad.

    “Another Day In Paradise”, another multicolor rainbow: whah dee doo dah day, just think about what’s going to happen next?

    Even if it were the ever changing laws of the land in California, then we could sigh a relief that the battle is over.

    Would this ruling possibly cause religious fundamentalists to blame themselves less for not doing more?

    More than if they were told that it would be less their fault that Proposition 8 was overturned because some crazed people would kill a small endangered animal unless it was overturned by a group of faceless bureaucrats?

    I know it is a difficult choice to ponder?

    I think the answer is yes, and maybe this is one of the reasons that we as a form of society seem to be obsessed with sexual stereotypes and labels (other reasons include incentives for Dr. Phil to have a show on T.V., psychologists, medical companies, politicians with bad hair days, pharmaceutical companies with really good drugs, etc).

    • Sandman
      August 5, 2010 at 3:31 am

      “Irrationality is not all bad.”

      Yeah right mate… thats why the majority of your fellow countrymen in the great Amerykuh think that their invisible mate upstairs magiked them into existance 6000 years ago. Thats why these same dimwits stopped stem cell research that could help Al. Thats why you idiots start stupid wars you will never win in places you cant find on a map. Thats why your fellow countrymen think anything except out and out money grubbing greed is socialism, and you dont have an effective universal healthcare and welfare system. Its why you trust shitheads like Hoover and McCarthy and fall hook line and sinker for whatever shite and shinola they make up. Thats why instead of quiet refective religions your country seems to breed filthy heretical rock n roll cults. Thats why abstinace is preferred to proper sex education and contraception. Thats whu babies die every week because their faith deluded fuckwit parents deny then medical care. Thats why millions of idiots believe the garden of eden was in Missouri and wearing magic underwear protects you from evil…..not to mention Planet X, 2012, etc etc etc…..bored yet or shall I continue.

      Stand to attention, hats off and a hearty three cheer salute to Judge Walker. It seems that the good Judge and a 10 year old schoolkid refusing to swear an empty pledge are your best hope at the mo….

      One step closer to Liberty And Justice For All…. a noble and laudable statement made cheap shabby hypocrisy by the 52% of Californian electorate who voted in this disgusting travesty of a law.

      The good bit…now the selfsame scum will have to foot the inevitable legal bills via their taxes for fighting a lost and damnable cause.

      Get ready my atheist chums…we are next on the hate list.

  2. Sandman
    August 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Another great polemic powerpunch my molasses voiced mate, and one that raises on its edges some points worth deeper exploration (maybe in linked articles??):

    In the last paragraph you discuss the contradiction between free speech and expression, and allowing people like the NOM dickwads and the evil scum from Westboro to wave signs advocating violence and hatred. Its a sticky topic back in the UK, where we have our own issues with the followers of the hate crime known as Islam. Like you we have written law (from Magna Carta and the Accords of Oxford down to the Bill of Richts 1689 and others) that guarantee free speech. However, we recently passed laws that specifically address hate messages and section such offenses off – you aint free to spread hatred or advocate violence any more, and thankfully religious excuses have failed as a defence in recent court cases. I suggest you over the pond look at reasonable expression laws. Advocating hate is NOT free speech, its terrorism. Ask a Rawandan that question…or a Bosniak…or an Armenian. Joe the plumber from Buttfuck Arizona aint…he hasnt suffered as a result of “free speech”.

    Second point – I thought in the USA at least that the tax free status of religious organisations was entirely dependant upon them NOT getting involved in politics….or am I misinformed? Given that there is a clear audit trail between the Mormons and Prop 8, and the constant open lobbying by all Xtian religious organisations…why the hell aint they paying taxes??? Dont say it cant be changed…Greece just removed the tax free status of the Church there…theres rumblings on Oz too….

    Last thing..if courts in Germany, France, Belgium and the UK can work out the difference between a religion and a modern cult, then determine that Scientology is a CULT not a religion…why cant your courts? And if it isnt a religion, why is it still getting tax free status?

  3. Rick
    August 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Bring the war. As a gay man I pay my taxes and I have and exercise all of my rights!

  4. Chuck
    August 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

    All radical religious views are counter productive to the advancement of humanity as a whole and therefore should be outlawed. Radical religious extremism does nothing to benefit mankind, it only slows our progress. But then so does Capitalistic Greed, and I would even go so far to say that both are brewed in the same pot of ignorance and self service at the expense of humanity as a whole.

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