Henry Rollins, writing for LA Weekly about that marriage equality ruling:
"I am hoping that, in time, Obergefell v. Hodges will be seen in the same way as Loving v. Virginia — inevitable and a sign of social evolution in America. I bet two people of the same sex who want to get married don’t think they are going to have a 'gay wedding.' By wanting to get married in the first place, they show their dedication both to each other and to tradition. Wanting to get married is a freakin’ billboard for normality and inclusion. I wish the 'You lost! Deal with it!' talk would stop. I can understand where it comes from but it doesn’t make anything better. There were no losers, in my opinion. To those who disagree with same-sex marriage because it offends their faith, I would say your beliefs are still yours to have. The wisdom, peace and clarity that faith has allowed you to have are still intact. No word of any religious text has been changed or its power reduced. There is a lot of room in America; it allows all to move freely. All the wedding photographs popping up on the Internet should be enough to convince anyone that this was a great decision. Take Jack Evans and George Harris, for example — together for 54 years, in Texas of all places, finally able to get hitched. I am looking at them now. The skies have not darkened with locusts and tomorrow there will be traffic. I do believe we will be OK."
Leave it to Henry to just make it all so simple.
Jeb Bush, on how smart President Obama is, and how his intellect creates chaos in the world:
“You don’t have to be the world’s policeman, but we have to be the world’s leader — and there’s a huge difference. This guy, this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry, when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach — where it’s all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense, you know what I’m saying? Big-syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings — but we’re not leading, that creates chaos, it creates a more dangerous world.”
Wait, so Jeb just admitted he doesn’t understand big words and lotsa syllables?
I’ll make it easy for him: You’ll lose.
Ken Shetter, mayor of Burleson Texas, posting his support of the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling, and talking about being a politician and a Christian:
“Congratulations to the LGBT community, especially to those I count as friends and who call Burleson home. One of the best things about today’s ruling is that it is one more signal to LGBT youth that they are fully accepted and valued participants in our society—no matter where they live. … I will not quote any verse of the Bible in justifying my mayoral views. I will simply say I will uphold the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court of the United States. I will also be true to my commitment to do everything within my power to make Burleson a great place to live, learn, work and play for all…And all includes gay citizens of Burleson. On a personal level, I celebrate the right of my gay friends to be married, as well as the fact they are accepted and embraced more fully in today’s society. I do so not in spite of my Christian beliefs, but at least partially because of my Christian beliefs.”
Wow. A Texas Christian politician who is able to see that LGBT rights, and marriage equality, aren’t a sign of the end times!
Scott Walker, on what he'll do about marriage equality when he's president ... stop laughing:
"Our conservative values were handed a big blow with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Let me be very clear: this decision was a grave mistake. Five unelected judges took it upon themselves to take that responsibility away from the states and redefine the institution of marriage. In 2006, I voted to amend my state constitution to protect the institution of marriage because I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe that the states have the right to define marriage. To protect this right, I support an amendment to the United States Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage."
And, um, Scott? What are you going to tell all those same-sex couples who have gotten married since 2003, and who came out strong after the SCOTUS ruling last month, and got married?
Are our marriages going to be voided, because that won’t happen; and if you think you’ll be able to make any future same-sex marriages illegal, that also will never happen.
Like your becoming president will never happen.
Joe Biden, on the first time he saw two men kissing—it occurred when he was seventeen and riding in a car with his father:
“As we were stopped at the light, two men on the right — very well-dressed men, obviously, business people … turned and embraced one another and kissed each other. And they went their separate ways. I’ll never forget. I turned and looked at my dad, just looked at him. And I’ll never forget what he said. He said, Joey, they love each other. It’s simple. They love each other. It’s simple. That’s what this has been all about from the beginning.”
And I thought Joe was the fierce advocate for same-sex couples, but it appears he got it from his father.