The battle for marriage equality, while moving full-steam ahead with more and more states joining in on equality, still has some fights to win, one of them in Kansas.
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Kansas seeking to overturn the state’s marriage ban, and that has lead to all sorts of wingnuts crawling out of the woodwork and wading into the fray; like the Westboro Baptist Church [WBC] which is trying to intervene in that case citing fear of God’s wrath if the court rules in favor of the right of gay couples to marry.
The WBC doesn’t seem to realize that marriage in this country is not a religious thing but a civil thing, so they, and God, really have no part in it.
But the WBC isn’t the only kind of crazy stepping forward to fight equality. No, let’s throw in Kansas criminal and family lawyer, Phillip Unruh, and his wife Sandy, who filed suit to join the battle to keep The Gays from marrying because they say that allowing same-sex marriage is “theft of property rights” — the property being their marriage, or any other opposite-sex marriage in general.
Huh? Of course, in addition to calling their marriage property — and I guess that means Phillips owns Sandy — the Unruhs have also trotted out the Bible references, like Genesis 2:24, and that age old argument that only straight folks can marry because only straight couples can produce children which is the sole intent of marriage.
Huh; I guess the Unruhs aren’t aware that men and women, married to one another and unmarried to one another, gay and straight, have been producing children for thousands of years.
The Unruhs also claim that same-sex marriage and opposite-sex marriage are as different "as apples and oranges," and claim property rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution:
“The Unruhs have a [sic] inalienable property right in their marriage that is protected by the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Kansas Constitution and related Kansas Statutes."
They also have an inalienable right to not understanding grammar or spelling, as is evidenced by this other little snippet from their lawsuit:
If I were the judge reading this argument, my first ruling would be to give it a grade of C and ask them to try again when they learn proper English. But I’m not the judge in this case; that would be U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree who ruled last week Phillip Unruh and his wife Sandra, have no legal right to join the lawsuit.
Crabtree concluded the Unruhs’ interests are already represented by the Kansas attorney general’s office, which is defending the ban, so maybe they should just sit down. He did, however, say that although they cannot be parties in the suit, they could write an amicus brief, meaning their opinion would be heard.
The Unruhs began writing that brief Sunday morning and let’s hope they busted out the dictionary.