Virginia Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down – Meanwhile Kansas is Still a Shit Hole

The Kansas legislature is on track to pass a law that will legalize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, under the guise of “religious freedom.”  (source)   Apparently, the local variety of worship for the Magic Space Zombie Jew (MSZJ) includes being a douchebag to your neighbors.  

One part of me wants to say “so what?” Kansas sucks. Let them pass this horrible law, and then let all the gay Kansans move to places that don’t suck. We have some nice homes for sale in our neighborhood. I think it would be nice if some gay Kansans moved in. Have you seen what happens to neighborhoods when the scary gay people move in? (hint, your property values do not go down).  Not that I want to go all positive-stereotyping either, apparently Asians don’t like that.  But, lets face it, “a gay family moved in next door” is not something realtors tell you in order to get you to put your house on the market.  

Of course, that kind of “free market cure” to discrimination isn’t realistic, and is no shelter to the few hundred gay people in Kansas who actually like that god-forsaken theocratic shit hole.

What really bugs me about this is that if MSZJ worshippers can discriminate against gays because of their “sincerely held religious beliefs” then why can’t gays discriminate against christians because of their “sincerely held gay beliefs?” I’d like to see San Francisco pass a measure to that extent — and then everyone cover your windows, because the shrill cries from flyover land will break every piece of glass in the civilized parts of the country.

On the positive front, a federal court in Norfolk, VA decided that maybe Virginia shouldn’t be remembered, yet again, as the place where ridiculous discrimination finally gave up.  (source) As most people know, Loving v. Virginia was the case that finally ended race-mixing laws.    

The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, § 15-A, Va. Code §§ 20-45.2, 20-45.3, and any other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia’s recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional. These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

 

Was that really so fucking hard?  

Of course, the pessimist in me reads this and just wonders what idiotic theory Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts are cooking up to try and get Kennedy on their side, to reverse the tide sweeping over the nation.  

4 Responses to Virginia Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down – Meanwhile Kansas is Still a Shit Hole

  1. Dan says:

    Republican Charles Mancheers, who is supporting this bill, had this revelatory nugget to offer: “discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful. … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill. … There have been times throughout history where people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs because they were unpopular. This bill provides a shield of protection for that.”

    I don’t know what part of his brain decayed and shriveled away to allow him to put those two dissonant statements together. It’s like when Christians talk about the “big atheist lobby” or the “oppressive secularist movement” as if they were the ones in a weak position.

    Though I suppose his comment is a sad indication of the kind of person Kansans are electing to represent them in state government. Alas.

  2. JustAnotherJen says:

    Sadly, this same type of madness is happening in South Dakota as well. SB128, essentially letting businesses hire, fire, and deny goods/services based on the person’s sexual orientation. This is being reported as an exercise in free speech. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this as well.

  3. I’m quibbling with your stab at the free market principle.

    I agree that on the individual level, a number of people can’t vote effectively with their feet and pocketbooks in choosing state governments by leaving a state, and that this is a weakness in the free market theory of state governments. That said, this kind of grandstanding, constitution-be-damned stunt legislation will keep people on an individual level from moving in–and more individuals will stay away than just members of the LBGT community. Furthermore, this kind of thing keeps businesses away, for practical and political concerns, which keeps even more clusters of people away, including people who are indifferent or would actually support the stupid thing. No, it’s not perfect or precise, but it carries a strong undercurrent for that sweeping tide.

    Of course, I very much agree with the Va. court opinion too.

  4. andrews says:

    At the moment, the focus is on those nasty gay people. But religion is hard for a state to regulate. Tomorrow, someone is going to realize that their religion does not permit them to serve heathens. And the next week, someone’s religion discourages dealing with people due to their skin color.

    Hello, Heart of Atlanta, here we come!

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