BY ZOE AMOS
Hold onto your baseball caps, we’re in for a ride. Yogi Berra, known for his mangled quips, reminds us, “It ain’t over, ’til it’s over.” Now that same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, (Yay!) expect the fallout to come tumbling down and down and down. While SCOTUS has spoken in our favor, naysayers tell us their fight will continue. As with Row v. Wade, the right wingnuts with chisels in hand are already trying to chip at the new law in what will surely be a protracted effort to circumvent the ruling.
Same-sex marriage bans from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan were considered in the SCOTUS ruling. Michigan immediately got on board. They found it best to abide by the full spirit of the law and gay couples have said their vows. Originally named as a defendant, John Kasich, the moderate Republican Ohio governor, said his state was also ready to move on. Political careers can be made or broken by going along to get along. With a presidential announcement likely forthcoming, Kasich can reach constituents who prefer middle ground.
On the other hand, Southern states led the way backward by digging in their heels. Mississippi claimed the decision would not take effect immediately in their state. Another presidential hopeful, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, is holding on to his belief that the decision should be up to each state. Texas expressed a divided opinion with some counties following the ruling and others holding on to the hope that religious convictions were being trampled—using a “law of God” argument to hopefully trump the Supreme Court and justify their position to withhold marriage licenses, a move that could prompt contempt of court charges.
And on the far right, where the separation of church and state takes on strange forms, we have, shall we say, some unusual views? Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, doesn’t surprise anyone by spouting favorite lines found in the bible about marriage between a man and a woman. Religiously inclined individuals holding on to narrow selective interpretations like to cite a “traditional” version of marriage, but conveniently forget that those traditions have changed over time and no longer include having multiple wives, not being able to remarry except in cases of adultery, and restrictive property laws that exclude widows. Marriage does evolve, but not in the way envisioned by Perkins, who oddly imagines more children being born out of wedlock. Apparently logic has nothing to do with his position. How did this guy get to be president of anything?
Now that same-sex marriage is legal, other ridiculous claims have surfaced, such as, it will bring about bestiality, pedophilia, and the wrath of God in the form of whatever anyone feels like saying God will do to smite us. Call me cynical, but from my vantage point, it seems many of these fire and brimstone claims are merely vehicles for collecting money to further the careers of the people who get paid to spout this nonsense.
I’ve yet to hear anyone say that the advancement of LGBT human rights has happened precisely because it is God’s will. I could sit through a lot of extra innings before that ever happens. It ain’t over, ’til it’s over.
Zoe Amos brings her lesbian point of view to articles and stories on diverse topics. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Read her stories on Kindle and Nook. Check out her other life at www.janetfwilliams.com