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GOP Reps. React To Marriage Decisions

Jim Burroway

June 26th, 2013

In case you don’t want to watch the video, here’s a non-transcript rendition of what they said:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA): Unelected judges.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA): Popular laws = Constitutional. Unpopular laws = Unconstitutional.

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA): Thank you Boehner for defending it. Negative consequences for children.

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ): We the people have final say, not unelected courts. Courts got Federalism wrong.

Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI): Desires of adults not more important than needs of children. “Society itself is at risk and cannot continue.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA): Marriage has been debased. Why vote? It doesn’t stop here. Churches will be forced to do things they are against.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX): Court is in collusion with Obama at the expense of children. One more attack on religious institutions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): This is not a hateful group. We love the U.S.A. It’s all Obama’s fault. Holder lied. The Court (“the new holy quintet”) lied. Dishonesty, inconsistency. King Solomon!

Rep. Michele Bachman (R-MN): Limited government. Denied equal protection to every American in the United States. No more co-equal branches, but Supreme Court over all. Oligarchy of five. Limited government. Decision belies the constitution. “The people will have their sway.” Equal protection again. No jurisdiction. Foundational unit of society. Created by God. Supreme Court have not risen to the level of God.

Rep. Tim Huelscamp (R-KS): Narrow radical majority. Think of the children.



David in Tucson
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Wow. What an incoherent, babbling mass they are!

Timothy Kincaid
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

10 out of 234. Most of them I’ve never heard of.

June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Here’s my solution to this simpering rabble who seems to be more interested in “biblical marriage”: get divorced. By that, I mean legally dissolve your state-sponsored marriage. This will do a few things for you. First, it lets you remove yourself from an institution that you seem to no longer see any value in because it grants benefits to people you don’t like. Second, you still get to remain married in the context of whatever religious tradition you subscribe to. And third, it will let you experience the legal and social disparities that you forced us to endure every day of the last 17 years, and hopefully it will teach you an ounce of sympathy in the process.

June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Didn’t Solomon have lots of wives? And lots of porcupines? ;-)

June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Between all the news articles today and some personal matters, I haven’t had time to read through the opinions themselves…. but surely it would have been widely reported had the court declared itself God?

Timothy Kincaid
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

don’t get prickly, Raybob

Priya Lynn
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Wahlberg said “Desires of adults not more important than needs of children. “.

No one said they were. Gays getting married in no way interferes with the needs of children, it only helps meet the needs of children of gays.

June 26th, 2013 | LINK

I think Joe.My.God. says it best with the tags of “HA HA HA HA” for all of the reactions from the right today.

Nancy Pelosi has the best line of the day in response to a question about Michelle Bachmann’s comments: “Who cares?”

BTW, have we heard from ex-Sen. Frothy today?

Jim Hlavac
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Take ’em all to court for saying we endanger children — to me it’s always been slander and libel.

June 26th, 2013 | LINK

As I heard the decision today I couldn’t help but remember how, during the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Log Cabin Republicans and other conservatives told us how we didn’t have to worry about the Supreme Court because a Republican president wouldn’t appoint justices that would damage or threaten gay rights. Just look at how the Bush justices voted and think of how different today would have been had McCain won in 2008.

Timothy Kincaid
June 26th, 2013 | LINK

Zeke, all I can say is that you must be letting the celebration make you a bit delusional, because that just didn’t happen.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Doug LaMalfa is my Congressmember. He stands in a long tradition of irrelevant representatives from this part of northern California. I’ll be interested in seeing his full remarks. Time to write my first letter to my freshman Congressmember.

I will use short words. I will use simple sentences.

But, you know, at the Chico, CA City Plaza this evening, one of the two largest cities in Mr. LaMalfa’s district, around 400 people gathered to celebrate Decision Day.

Timothy Kincaid
June 27th, 2013 | LINK

jpeck, that’s the district I grew up in (or it is now, they kept redistricting my hometown between congressional district 1 and congressional district 2)

And, by chance, did you run into fellow Chico BTB reader, RevChicoUCC at the rally?

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Timothy, It most CERTAINLY DID happen. When I was campaigning for Gore in Tampa at gay events I as constantly having to debate Bush supporters (particularly at the Tampa Bay Gay Film Festival) over the issue of Supreme Court appointments.

How very asinine of you to call me a liar when I personally experienced it. I have never resorted to this but you are an ASS!

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Ahh… A classic Bachmann word-salad.

I’ve missed those.

Timothy Kincaid
June 28th, 2013 | LINK


I’m sure you had all sorts of people say all sorts of things.

But you claimed “…during the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Log Cabin Republicans and other conservatives told us …” Didn’t happen.

Now I don’t doubt that someone who was a Log Cabin member told you that. But if I were to say “Democrats carried ‘God Hates Fags’ signs” it would be deceptive. It’s true that the Phelps family were loyal supportive Democrates for decades (and there’s a bizarre pic of Gore thanking Fred Phelps for his work way back when). But they are the exception, not typical.

Log Cabin formally refused to support Bush, as you may recall, specifically on this issue. So it is similarly deceptive to claim that “Log Cabin Republicans claimed” things that they very publicly opposed.

Don’t you think?

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