THERE IS nothing like a Republican who wants to be president, enter Governor Rick Perry, talking about marriage equality to reveal what Republicans think about the constitution. That it is meant to discriminate against people instead of provide protection from voters who want to rob people of their legal civil rights.
Governor Perry can put on glasses and try to look smart, but he remains a Republican relic.
“Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman …, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens,” said Perry, an outspoken conservative who ran for president in 2012. “… This is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box.” [CNN]
It is truly an ignorant statement for any conservative to say that U.S. courts should take a back seat to voters, considering what that would mean for African Americans, women and every minority in this country who has been freed from discrimination through the courts.
Voters don’t get to decide discrimination is okay just because they’re uncomfortable with The Gays.
In his ruling today, Judge Garcia joined other states that have entered the 21st century.
Federal judges have ruled that gay marriage bans in Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah violate the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Garcia waded into this territory Wednesday with respect to Texas, saying that “equal treatment of all individuals under the law is not merely an aspiration it is a constitutional mandate.”
“Supreme Court precedent prohibits states from passing legislation born out of animosity against homosexuals, has extended constitutional protection to the moral and sexual choices of homosexuals, and prohibits the federal government from treating state-sanctioned opposite-sex marriages and same-sex marriages differently,” he said.
Judge Garcia’s ruling stays enforcement of his ruling, allowing appeals, which means no marriages can be performed for gay couples just yet.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, will appeal the ruling.