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article imageOp-Ed: A confederacy of homophobes

By Robert Weller     Oct 19, 2014 in Politics
Washington - With federal courts knocking down same-sex marriage bans in Arizona and Alaska, the practice is now legal in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Appeals of the ban are pending in all 12 states still prohibiting it.
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t touch the issue, and its stance is reminiscent of the 83 years before the first case abolishing slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Roman Catholic Church may complete the process before the U.S. Pope Francis has told archbishops opposed to accepting homosexuality that "God is not afraid of new things," reported Reuters.
The Republican party is once again on the wrong side of an issue. They apparently believe they can build an entire campaign on the supposed failures of President Barack Obama, and forget abortion rights, equal pay, same-sex marriage and legalization of marijuana.
States that bar same-sex marriage may suffer in the market place. The much ballyhooed “creative class” sought by many businesses includes many gay people.
Not surprisingly half of the states banning same-sex marriage were members of the Confederacy, where people have always claimed they have special rights. Those included owning slaves.
The six ex-Confederate states are Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The six other states are North and South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Montana and Nebraska.
Montana is the only state in the West — every state in the Northeast allows it, and most states in the Midwest as well.
A combination of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals courts and federal district courts throughout the country have determined banning same-sex marriage denies constitutional equal protection of the law.
A Supreme Court that has consistently lost its credibility since the appointment of Justice Clarence Thomas by former President George Bush is now seen as afraid to rule. The Los Angeles Times said: “justices shrank from making a definitive ruling on marriage equality, consigning same-sex couples in states where prohibitions will remain in place to second-class status and leaving open the possibility that bans might be reinstated someday in the states where they have been struck down. The court could and should have ended the uncertainty by taking the cases it turned away on Monday and affirming the rulings of the lower courts in favor of gay marriage.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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