Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a watershed ruling on Wednesday by recognizing same-sex marriage in states where it has been legalized, striking down Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which restricts the definition of wedlock as between a man and a woman for the purposes of receiving federal benefits. But anti-gay conservatives derided the ruling as a "dangerous precedent set by activist judges that will cripple the economy and immigration reform." Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissenting opinion, blasted the decision. Legalizing gay marriage, he declared, discriminates against people who are opposed to it. In that same vein, he also cried foul on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 for overturning segregationist Jim Crow Laws. Scalia deemed those decisions equivalently abhorrent because they discriminate against racists who don't wants blacks treated as equal citizens.
The court dodged an official ruling on California's contentious Proposition 8, which banned previously legalized gay marriage in the state, but left standing a lower court's decision that found the prohibition unconstitutional. Although the court's inaction essentially paves the way for states to set their own marriage laws, and falls short of endorsing federally recognized same-sex rights on a broader scale, the decision was heralded by the GLBT community as a landmark victory.
Until 2011, President Obama had remained silent on the topic. Gay rights activists expressed disappointment with the administration's lackluster efforts to safeguard and enforce their civil liberties. In February of that year, however, the president finally offered his opinion, stating that gays suffer continued discrimination, and because historic laws pertaining to gay rights and the classification of sexual orientation have received only cursory review, they deserve a higher level of protection.
Two years and four months later, the Obama administration and the highest court in the land laid the groundwork for recognizing the legitimacy of homosexuals as actual people.
"As our country prepares to leave the 1950s behind, we're excited for the hopeful prospects the future holds for our nation and its sexually irregular neighbors," a White House representative said.
But the Supreme Court's decision was not absent the anticipated amount of dissent and outrage from conservative factions.
F. Chester Greene, a conservative politician and 2016 White House hopeful from California, carried Justice Scalia's argument further by calling the Thirteenth Amendment a bigoted piece of legislation that discriminates against slave owners. Not surprisingly, self-hating Justice Clarence Thomas agreed.
But according to Mike Fallopian, chairman of the Peter Pinguid Society, a conservative economic think tank, the real damage inflicted on the nation by the Supreme Court will lead to the collapse of the economy and efforts to reform failed immigration policies.
"Gays, by and large, are more educated, have better jobs, buy more expensive things and because they can't marry, contribute more money to the tax system," Fallopian said.
He added that by granting them access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexual couples, the government may have no choice but to start taxing large corporations.
"Somebody has make up the difference. So businesses will be punished, as they almost always are. That's going to stifle hiring, productivity and economic growth," he said. "There's no way our nation can flourish if we start making the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes."
And in the case of companies too big to fail, Fallopian explained, there won't be as many single taxpayers to help bear the burden of bailing these entities out when they gamble and lose.
But Fallopian cited the impact of gay marriage on the adoption industry as the real threat.
"I know it probably sounds like a non sequitur, but the most detrimental blow to the economy and our ongoing immigration problem will come from married gays adopting kids," Fallopian stated. "They've making making this noise for years. Now that they can marry, it will be easier for agencies to accept them as suitable parents. But gays typically adopt children from overseas, communist places like Russia and China. So our economy loses out because these gays won't be buying quality orphans made in America. And with the influx of commie kids, we'll all be speaking Chinese before the end of Obama's term. Overturning Section 3 of DOMA was a coup against American values and America itself."
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