LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Judge Jim Hansen, Lubbock Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, has decided to quit performing marriages altogether after the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage three days ago.
In an open letter, Judge Hansen writes that he has no anger, fear, or hatred toward any person or party, he is simply guaranteed his religious rights under the United States Constitution.
But one same-sex couple in Lubbock was outraged by the announcement. Eddie Sanchez and Chris Covarrubio have lived together for about 13 years, and they are no strangers to adversity.
When Covarrubio heard about Lubbock County Judge Jim Hansen’s decision not to perform anymore marriages because of the Supreme Court’s decision, he was extremely disappointed.
“If you’re a state employee then you should be required to officiate under the letter of the law, and this is the law, whether he likes it or not,” he said, “so abide by it or step aside and let somebody else who will honor the law.”
Over the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. As the court considers that momentous question, the Department of Justice will make clear that our answer is an unequivocal “yes.”
This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of “equal protection of the laws.” It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination.
Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. Denying them the right to marry serves only to demean them and their children, to degrade the dignity of their families and to deny them the full, free and equal participation in American life to which every citizen is entitled.
Today, in speaking with the Chatom Clerk of Court, in Alabama, in relation to their refusal to issue marriage licences to the GLBT community, i was forwarded to the Washington County Sheriff.
Richard Stringer (D) • Washington County Sheriff, informed me: “You steers and queers need to stop calling here”.
When pressed on whether his office will serve and protect members of his community whom may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered he replied :
“I told you dykes to stop calling here” when pressed he commented “you can readily accept that yes, we do not provide protection or services to queers”
When pressed again, and informed that his comments would be made public - he asserted :
“oh you can quote me on that, what you need is a good man to show you how a man makes love to a woman”
It would be reasonable to assume that the GLBTI members of the Washington County, and Chatom area he serves can expect no due process, nor fulfillment of their constitutional right to equal protection under the law.
I reached out one last time, before posting, to the Washington County Sheriff office for comment, as of this time no further comment has been afforded…
The Christian Examiner, a California based Christian periodical published by the Christian Media Corporation International Group, just filed a report attacking the son of Alabama District Court Judge Callie Granade. Granade has risen to prominence recently due to her ruling that struck down Alabama’s Gay marriage ban, and her rulings to county clerks and probate judges enjoining them to follow the Court’s decision.
The report, based off an unverified Facebook post, attempts to attack the Judge through her son, who may or may not be gay:
…at least one Facebook poster is questioning whether Judge Granade had a conflict of interest in making her ruling.
A person who self-identified as Ashton Harrington—with a profile description of “studied at the University of Alabama”—posted a screen capture with the note “Judge Ginny Granade appears to approve of her son Milton Granade’s Facebook profile picture.
Judge Granade expresses “Great photo of you two!” in the comment stream.
“I would like to know if her decision was based on law or family preference,” he asked, suggesting her son may be gay
None of the public postings on Facebook indicate her son Milton Grenade has children or is seeking them.
There is no evidence her son is a public figure, nor any evidence he is gay, beyond this Facebook post. The question of her son’s sexuality is irrelevant - judges are expected to rule dispassionately per the constitution and judicial precedent. She would be just the most recent in a line of judges across the country to strike down gay marriage bans, following precedent and using the constitution’s supremacy and equal protections provisions.
Lamar Keener, publisher at Selah Media Group, when contacted for comment informed me Selah sold The Christian Examiner to CMCI Group last year. Neither CMCI nor Christian Examiner have returned requests for comments at posting time.
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I would really like to have a conversation on this. I think he makes some valid points, although I have an even lower view of the “Men’s Right Movement,” than he does.
People like David Futrelle have done an excellent job thoroughly exposing the extreme misogyny that permeates that movement.
I also think Anita Sarkeesian makes some excellent points when it comes to women in video games, although I don’t entirely agree with her either.
Here’s a link to the opinion piece by Laura Bogart kyle is criticizing.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Please make sure you watch both videos before you post any comments.
This maybe the one bright side to the recent Sixth Circuit ruling reinstating gay marriage bans in four states. If the supreme court actually does its job, it will effectively declare all state and federal laws banning gay marriage unconstitutional thus paving the way for marriage equality across the board in America. The celebrations the religious right homophobes are certainly having now, maybe premature. Than again there’s no guarantee the Supreme court will be on the right side of history. Ian Millhiser reports.
On Thursday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just became the first federal appeals court in the country to side with marriage discrimination. Although the immediate effect of this court’s 2-1 decision is that marriage equality will not quickly become the law in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the most important consequence of the Sixth Circuit’s holding is that there is now a “circuit split” on the question of whether same-sex couples must be allowed to marry under the Constitution. A circuit split, which occurs when two or more federal appeals courts disagree on the same question of law, is one of the most common reasons that the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case. Thus, the Sixth Circuit’s decision on Thursday all but guarantees that the justices will decide whether the Constitution’s promise of equality extends to gay people in all 50 states.
To date, the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits have all sided with equality, along with nearly every single federal trial judge to consider the question after the Supreme Court struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Moreover, the Supreme Court has stood aside and allowed the federal appeals court decisions supporting marriage equality to take effect. The momentum is clearly against discrimination, and Judge Jeffrey Sutton’s opinion for the Sixth Circuit shows a keen awareness of this fact. His decision reads like the Custer’s Last Stand of judicial opinions. In it, he tries to anticipate every single legal argument that can be raised in support of marriage equality, and then he attempts to bat it down.
This new trend is chilling, frankly. From Jamaica to France to Russia, and many map stops in between, a who’s who of American anti-LGBT activists, feeling defeated and increasingly marginalized here at home, are seizing the chance to stir the pot in any nation that might be willing to see them as soothsayers. It is, to the letter, the strategy we saw in Uganda a handful of years ago, when Scott Lively and other Americans started dropping into the nation and telling locals how downright awful we LGBT Americans are. We all know how that one played out.
Perhaps these exporters of animus get a free trip and a little feeling of importance out of these gigs. But in booking these trips, they are selling out their country and the majority of citizens who support equality for LGBT people, quite literally portraying America as some sort of fallen embarrassment for which we should apologize. They also have been inciting harsh violence against the existing LGBT population. They need to be held accountable for their words, whether spoken in the United States, Peru, or elsewhere around the world.
*UPDATE: Our friends at Right Wing Watch remind us that Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver was also in Peru last fall, where he was treated like a visiting hero: Staver Awarded By Peruvian Government For Helping To Fight Obama’s Godless Colonialism [RWW]
A baby girl born today will still face inequality and discrimination, no matter where her mother lives. We have a common obligation to ensure her right to live free from the violence that affects one in three women globally; to earn equal pay for equal work; to be free of the discrimination that prevents her from participating in the economy; to have an equal say in the decisions that affect her life; and to decide if and when she will have children, and how many she will have.
Jack Evans and George Harris were at their United Methodist church on Jan. 19, the 53rd anniversary of their relationship, when Rev. Bill McElvaney made an announcement they never expected to hear in their home city of Dallas
The congregation stood and applauded as McElvaney told them he would now be performing same-sex weddings. Though the United Methodist Church doesn’t officially sanction such unions, he said it was on the wrong side of the gospel and that he would perform the unions off-site.
“We tried to send out invitations, but it got so that people we didn’t know were wanting to come,” Harris said. “So we just said anybody who wants to come can come. I don’t mind. We’re doing this not only for ourselves but for the community. We’re doing this not only for ourselves but for the community. We’ve been in this community for so long.”
On Saturday, the couple will add to the list of advancements they’ve made in the Dallas LGBT community.
“This marriage is our finale,” Evans said. “It may be the last thing that we’ll take on.”
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