Thursday, August 07, 2014

63 Texas Asshats ... Or Is That Redundant?

This week sixty-three Texas legislators signed the Texas Conservative Coalition brief calling on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the state’s bans on same-sex marriage.

And heeeeere they are:

  • Brian Birdwell, Texas Senate
  • Donna Campbell, Texas Senate
  • Bob Deuell, Texas Senate
  • Craig Estes, Texas Senate
  • Troy Fraser, Texas Senate
  • Kelly Hancock, Texas Senate
  • Robert Nichols, Texas Senate
  • Dan Patrick, Texas Senate
  • Ken Paxton, Texas Senate
  • Charles Schwertner, Texas Senate
  • Larry Taylor, Texas Senate
  • Charles “Doc” Anderson, Texas House of Representatives
  • Trent Ashby, Texas House of Representatives
  • Cecil Bell, Jr., Texas House of Representatives
  • Dwayne Bohac, Texas House of Representatives Case: 14-50196 Document:
  • Dennis Bonnen, Texas House of Representatives
  • Greg Bonnen, Texas House of Representatives
  • Angie Chen Button, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tom Craddick, Texas House of Representatives
  • Brandon Creighton, Texas House of Representatives
  • Myra Crownover, Texas House of Representatives
  • Gary Elkins, Texas House of Representatives
  • Pat Fallon, Texas House of Representatives
  • Allen Fletcher, Texas House of Representatives
  • Dan Flynn, Texas House of Representatives
  • James Frank, Texas House of Representatives
  • John Frullo, Texas House of Representatives
  • Craig Goldman, Texas House of Representatives
  • Larry Gonzales, Texas House of Representatives
  • Lance Gooden, Texas House of Representatives
  • Linda Harper-Brown, Texas House of Representatives
  • Harvey Hilderbran, Texas House of Representatives
  • Bryan Hughes, Texas House of Representatives
  • Jason Isaac, Texas House of Representatives
  • Phil King, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tim Kleinschmidt, Texas House of Representatives
  • Stephanie Klick, Texas House of Representatives
  • Lois Kolkhorst, Texas House of Representatives
  • Matt Krause, Texas House of Representatives
  • Jodie Laubenberg, Texas House of Representatives
  • George Lavender, Texas House of Representatives
  • Jeff Leach, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tryon Lewis, Texas House of Representatives
  • Rick Miller, Texas House of Representatives
  • Geanie Morrison, Texas House of Representatives
  • Jim Murphy, Texas House of Representatives
  • Rob Orr, Texas House of Representatives
  • John Otto, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tan Parker, Texas House of Representatives
  • Charles Perry, Texas House of Representatives
  • Larry Phillips, Texas House of Representatives
  • Scott Sanford, Texas House of Representatives
  • Matt Schaefer, Texas House of Representatives
  • Ralph Sheffield, Texas House of Representatives
  • Ron Simmons, Texas House of Representatives
  • John Smithee, Texas House of Representatives
  • Drew Springer, Texas House of Representatives
  • Van Taylor, Texas House of Representatives
  • Ed Thompson, Texas House of Representatives
  • Steve Toth, Texas House of Representatives
  • Scott Turner, Texas House of Representatives
  • James White, Texas House of Representatives
  • Bill Zedler, Texas House of Representatives

The brief states that U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia’s decision to strike down the marriage bans opened the door to a variety of unions that society has deemed unacceptable:
“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex. If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”
That means they feel that if you allow Adam and Steve, or Madam and Eve, to marry, you’d also have to allow a grown-assed man or woman to marry a child, or allow men to marry many women, or allow sisters and brothers to marry.

I am so over that argument. Please, please for the love of the goddess, show me where, in any state where marriage equality has come to be, that a man asked to marry a child, or several women, or his sister, his dog, his horse, his car ….

::::crickets::::

Just because you say something over and over and over and over and over again doesn’t make it true, because if that were the case, I’d be constantly saying that being a Republican causes dementia and being from Texas causes one to lose any and all brain function.

If I say it enough, maybe folks will believe it? But then, as Republicans and Conservatives, and asshats and wingnuts, are apt to do, they walked back their rhetoric just a bit:
“None of this is to say that recognition of pedophilia or other morally reprehensible actions being recognized as valid is actually a logical next step that would follow recognition of same-sex marriages.”
Oh, so when you said that allowing two men or two women the legal right to marry, it would lead to incest and bigamy and pedophilia, you didn’t really mean it? But you said it because … fear.

Use fear as a way to advance your intolerance and bigotry and downright stupidity.

Maybe I was right, maybe being a Texas Republican leads to dementia and loss of brain function.

Or maybe not.

4 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Peering out the window at the neighbors.... nope, none of that has happened in equality marriage WA.

Blobby said...

yay to Tuxedo's new bed!

www.DiatribesAndOvations.com said...

Texas politics makes me sick.

Biki Honko said...

Could being a die hard republican be one of the signs of having schizophrenia? They seem to hear voices, feel like there is a conspiracy out to get them, and cant remember from one minute to the next what they have said.