Are Republicans Ready to Defy Supreme Court?

by Carl Matthes

Law and order conservative Republicans are speaking out against any Supreme Court action that might extend equality under the law to LGBT folks. A decision from the Supreme Court on marriage equality is due any day.

However, we’re being reminded, by some Republican candidates for president that the foundation of America—the Constitution—will no longer pass muster as the law of the land if the Justices decide to extend marriage equality from the present 36 states to all 50. So much for law and order.

Here are the views of eight of the present Republican candidates.

Jeb Bush, stands by his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying he doesn’t believe it’s a constitutional right and that traditional marriage is central to Catholicism. On the Christian Broadcasting Network, Bush elaborated, “So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling — because they are going to decide whatever they decide, and I don’t know what they’re going to do — we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

Well, Jeb, I have an idea for you. I know a way you could outdo your brother, extend the Bush dynasty internationally and spread Catholic views. Instead of working to become president, work to become Pope!

Dr. Ben Carson has left his position at Johns Hopkins Medical Center to become the first black Republican president. In an interview with Bob Cesca of the Huffington Post, Dr. Carson said, “First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works, the president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch. So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibility to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law.”

Cesca challenged him, “There’s no such thing as a ‘judicial law.’ Dr. Carson is badly confusing judicial review with something he just made up—judicial law. The Supreme Court merely upholds or strikes down existing laws. It doesn’t create new laws, therefore the president can’t possibly carry out those laws since they don’t exist. On top of that, imagine a constitutional crisis involving a president who believes the Supreme Court can create ‘judicial laws.’”

U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz believes that the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech. He recently said that the “legalization of same-sex marriage represents the greatest threat to religious liberty in the history of the United States. And, that the fights over ‘religious freedom’ laws in Indiana and Arkansas were ‘heartbreaking’ examples of how the Democratic Party has gotten so extreme and so radical in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment.”

Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement. This assessment was earned after he introduced bills proposing a constitutional amendment “protecting” states that prohibit gay marriage and one that would strip federal courts of jurisdiction on the issue of marriage if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage.

I think Senator Cruz can best express his heartbreak by writing country and western songs.

Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina—who claims to have traveled the world as much as Hillary Clinton—said recently, “I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land…I wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse it and I very much hope that we would come to a place now in this nation where we can support their decision and at the same time support people’s right to have, to hold religious views and to protect their right to exercise those views.” In 2010, however, Fiorina supported such an amendment.

I’ve always heard that “travel broadens the mind.”

Former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is running—again—for president. Recently, he revealed that he missed his opportunity to shower with the girls at school because he didn’t realize he could claim to be a transsexual. I would hate for Mike to miss any other opportunities. I suggest he contact Caitlyn Jenner, the former Bruce Jenner, and start the transition to become the first transsexual president of the United States.

”New” Republican Rand Paul, appeared on Glenn Beck’s show in 2013 to discuss striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Beck suggested: “If you change one variable—man and a woman to man and man—you can logically change another variable—one man, three women.”

Paul thought this seemed perfectly sensible and went even further than Beck: “If we have no laws on this, people (may) take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans?” My suggestion to Rand is, that he’s so far out there a space alien may be in his future.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, “”After they (LGBT folk) are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech and there’s a real and present danger…we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”

Uh oh, Jeb. You may have some competition for Pope.

And finally, Republican Presidential Candidate Kerry Bowers says that “..as commander-in-chief of the military, it will be my position that no one has to declare their sexual persuasion. It will also be my position that those persons who have a union or other similar document issued by a state in recognition of their union will receive all the benefits and privileges previously reserved to heterosexual couples. From a religious perspective, it is as hard, or harder, for me today to identify with a heterosexual marriage void of God as it is a marriage between homosexuals whom both love the same God I have come to love. Therefore, separating that which God hath made from that which is created by man, I support a union certificate that will extend to any couple the same rights, privileges, and legal obligations made possible through what we now recognize as a marriage license. Whether such union shall become an institution of marriage recognized by God will be left to God alone.”

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Carl Matthes
Carl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for over 40 years. He is a former president and a current Board member of Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance and a former columnist and current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America. He was editor of the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter and a former GLAAD National Board member. He has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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