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Movement toward same-sex marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.

Part 3: 2015-MAR-20 to 23: Accelerating changes
involving same-sex marriage, LGBT equality, etc.
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We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage."
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

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This topic is continued from Part 2 which covered events earlier in March.

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Events during 2015-MAR-20 to 23:

  • 2015-MAR-20: Idaho House votes to impeach federal judges (Cont'd):

Readers of the blog posted 389 comments during the first 20 hours after the report went online. 1 Some of the most innovative were:

  • "Phil" posted"

    "The [federal] House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment; the [federal] Senate conducts a removal trial if the House votes to impeach.

    A judge impeached by the House of Representatives may be removed from office if convicted by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate at a special trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government official.

    Judges cannot be removed from office simply because someone doesn't like their rulings or ideology.

    State legislatures don't impeach FEDERAL judges. Did any of those dolts ever take a basic civics lesson?!!! Any impeachment of federal officials is done by Congress. Oh, and impeachment is done as a result of crimes committed in office, not arguably unpopular decisions.

  • "William" posted:

    "My 8th grade Civics teacher would be very disappointed in all those who voted for this resolution."

  • "biki" posted: "

    "Holy Cow! I read a bit of that theonomy and they are right in line with what ISIS is doing. What is going on in the world with this sudden and strong resurgence of religious fundamentalism? Very, very scary times we are in."

  • "vorpal" posted:

    "Terrifying stuff indeed. Between the Christians and the Muslims I suspect we'll soon find ourselves in a state of ChrISIS."

  • "Corey" posted:

    "No disrespect but this doesn't even take a ounce of thinking power. This is like baby food civics. Unbelievable the brazen idiocy of the Idaho legislature and obvious animus, hatred and bigotry.

  • "John B" posted:

    "It's purely symbolic, but I appreciate them laying their cards on the table and letting us know where they stand. We shouldn't have to guess who our allies, or opponents, are. At least now we know who to target for defeat, and we can point to this vote as a concrete example of the animus and intolerance they keep claiming doesn't exist (or worse, keep accusing our side of)."

  • Theo McKinney posted a reference to the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality:

    "A ruling of 7-2 in favor of nation-wide recognition of marriage equality as fully enforced Federal Law, is not out of the question; especially now with all these late-breaking antigay political antics." 1

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  • 2015-MAR-21: California Lawyer is proposing the death penalty in his state for same-gender sexual activity: Matt McLaughlin, an attorney from Huntington Beach, CA has launched a ballot initiative called "The Sodomite Suppression Act" that would require that:

    "Any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."

He justifies this extreme proposal because it is:

"... better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God's just wrath."

He is expressing the beliefs held by many fundamentalist Christians that God is ready to unleash tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. on any state that legalizes same-sex marriage.

He has paid the $200 filing fee for the initiative. If he obtains the 365,000 signatures, it may be placed on the 2016 ballot. If it were to pass, then -- if the initiative were interpreted literally -- two persons of the same sex kissing could qualify for both of them to be shot.

Election lawyer Tom Hiltachk said that California's Attorney General -- Kamala Harris -- has no legal method by which she can keep the initiative off the ballot. Hiltachk said:

"While you might say that this initiative is ‘clearly’ illegal (and I would agree), the notion of what is or is not ‘clearly’ illegal is not always so cut and dried."

Law professor Vikram Amar at the University of California at Davis had a similar opinion. He said:

"This one drips of evil, so the instinct is to say 'Well, there’s got to be a way to avoid wasting everybody’s time.' But in the law we often have limitations that are built not for the easy cases but because we are worried about the hard cases."

Other parts of the initiative, if passed, would

  • Assign $1,000,000 fines and sentences of up to 10 years in prison for those who distribute "sodomistic propaganda to an audience that includes minors."

  • Bar gays and lesbians from holding public office.

  • Require that the initiative be posted in public school classrooms.

Of course, even if McLaughlin’s proposal is supported by the required number of signatures, it seems very unlikely to pass on election day.This is California, after all. 2,3

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2015-MAR-23: Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He wants to ban same-sex marriage across the country:

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, 44, a Tea Party Republican, announced today that he is a candidate for the Presidency in 2016. He was the first candidate to do so. One of the main planks on his proposed platform is to modify federal laws and the federal Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and to forcibly divorce all existing same-sex couples in the U.S. against their will.

During 2015-FEB, he was one of 12 Republican Senators who reintroduced the State Marriage Defense Act. If passed, it would have the federal government ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision of 2013-JUN-26 and cut off all same-sex married couples from any federal benefits and protections for themselves and their children. 4

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This topic continues in Part 4 with developments later in 2015-MAR.

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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Joe Jervis, "IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage," Joe My God, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/
  2. Zach Noble, "This Ballot Measure Would Make ‘Sodomy’ Punishable by Death. California’s Attorney General Might Not Be Able to Keep It Off the Ballot," The Blaze, 2015-MAR-21, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
  3. German Lopez, "A lawyer in California is pushing a ballot measure to legalize killing gay people," Vox, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://www.vox.com/
  4. "Ted Cruz, who wants a federal ban on same-sex marriage, to launch presidential bid," LGBTQNATION, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/

 

  1. Oklahoma House approves bill shifting marriage licenses from state to clergy," Breitbart, 2015-MAR-10, at: http://www.breitbart.com/
  2. Matt Baum, "Laws to Stop Marriage Equality Grow Increasingly Weird: Mar 16 MNW," AFER, 2015-MAR-16, at: https://youtu.be/
  3. "Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States, Wikipedia, as on 2015-MAR-10, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  4. Steven Shepard, "Poll: 60 percent of likely voters back gay marriage,"Politico, 2015-FEB-13, at": http://www.politico.com/
  5. "CNN poll: 63 percent of Americans say same-sex couples have a right to marry," LGBTQNATION, 2015-FEB-28, at: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/
  6. "Support for Gay Marriage Hits All-Time High — WSJ/NBC News Poll," Wall Street Journal, 2015-MAR-09, at: http://blogs.wsj.com/
  7. Zach Noble, "This Ballot Measure Would Make ‘Sodomy’ Punishable by Death. California’s Attorney General Might Not Be Able to Keep It Off the Ballot," The Blaze, 2015-MAR-21, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
  8. German Lopez, "A lawyer in California is pushing a ballot measure to legalize killing gay people," Vox, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://www.vox.com/
  9. "Ted Cruz, who wants a federal ban on same-sex marriage, to launch presidential bid," LGBTQNATION, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/
  10. Joe Jervis, "IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage," Joe My God, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/
  11. "Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 March for Marriage!" National Organization for Marriage, 2015-MAR, at: http://www.nomblog.com/
  12. David Badash, "Just One Month Away And NOM's March For Marriage Lists Zero Sponsors Or Speakers," The New Civil Rights Movement, 2015-MAR-25, at: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/
  13. Joe Jervis, "IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage," Joe My God, 2015-MAR-22, at: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

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