Don't Read Scott Walker's Rant About Gay Marriage Being Legal Now, Because It's Just Not Worth Your Time On This Glorious Day
All across the United States, people are celebrating a long overdue ruling from the Supreme Court, dictating that same sex marriage is now legal in every state. This is amazingly wonderful news, unless of course you're grade A clown Scott Walker, Wisconsin's unfortunate Republican governor. In true Walker fashion, he spoke out against gay marriage, e.g. opened his mouth to spew ill-founded bigotry under the guise of protecting religious beliefs. This sort of hand-wringing and pearl clutching is nothing new from opponents of LGBTQ rights, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that it's far from a surprise that Walker would feel entitled to opine senselessly about this wonderully positive SCOTUS decision.
So here, in case you want to be reminded why it's so important that we never rest when it comes to battling against inequality, is the full transcript of Scott Walker's insights on the gay marriage ruling (feel free to raise both middle fingers while reading. It helps to keep your blood from literally boiling).
I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges ‘has been with us for millennia.’ In 2006 I, like millions of Americans, voted to amend our state constitution to protect the institution of marriage from exactly this type of judicial activism. The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made, and as we have seen repeatedly over the last few days, we will need a conservative president who will appoint men and women to the Court who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our land without injecting their own political agendas. As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.
Recognizing that our Founders made our Constitution difficult to amend, I am reminded that it was first amended to protect our ‘First Freedom’ - the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment does not simply protect a narrow ‘right to worship,’ but provides broad protection to individuals and institutions to worship and act in accordance with their religious beliefs. In fact, the Wisconsin constitution explicitly protects the rights of conscience of our citizens. I can assure all Wisconsinites concerned about the impact of today’s decision that your conscience rights will be protected, and the government will not coerce you to act against your religious beliefs.
I call on the president and all governors to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. No one wants to live in a country where the government coerces people to act in opposition to their conscience. We will continue to fight for the freedoms of all Americans.
Well, what I believe is that Scott Walker is a hateful, and under-informed prig. How's that for a deeply held belief?
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