Nice to see my old home state of Virginia discovering that marriage should not be a privilege for heterosexuals. 100% of all the cases that have come before the courts have decided similarly, and it’s really taking the wind out of those who want to discriminate.
I’m happy that Virginia’s Attorney General, like the one we have here in Pennsylvania, refused to defend a law he knew was unconstitutional. And better yet that the federal courts upheld the ruling of a lower court earlier this year.
What is even better is how the courts are using reactionary Supreme Court “Justice” Scalia’s own words against him. Scalia, who literally believes any decision that goes against him is because the actual Devil is behind it, argued in a previous decision that struck down laws that discriminated against gays and lesbians based on their sex practices that logically, if you agree with that, then you’d have to allow gay marriage too! He wrote that to shock people into realizing how terrible it was that we no longer discriminated, but many current judges have used those very words to agree with him and strike down anti-gay marriage laws. (Scalia also said that this is a decision that should be left to the majority to decide democratically, but he has been very silent now that the majority of Americans are in favor of gay marriage.)
“Over the decades, the Supreme Court has demonstrated that the right to marry is an expansive liberty interest that may stretch to accommodate changing societal norms,” wrote one of the judges in the majority. This is something some people just cannot abide.
The dissenting judge (appointed by GWB) once more made the ridiculous claim that the government has the duty to prohibit same sex marriages because they do not promote society’s goal of procreation. You know — the argument that gets you laughed at when said in intelligent company.