Monday, June 29, 2015

Texas GOP Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Texas Governor Greg Abbot and his tag team partner Attorney General Ken Paxton have found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

For the Republican Party the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage would've been a blessing in disguise. Gay marriage was an issue that allowed Democrats to appeal to moderates and pull the away from the GOP. And without that issue, it would've been one less tool for us to get the base out in the upcoming elections.

Conservative governors could say they are against it but the Supreme Court ruled and its now the law of the land.

But perhaps its a little nostalgia kicked up by the Confederate Battle Flag coming down, but those governors, including our own, are now starting to sound like sessessionist all over again with the shouts to ignore the supreme court and start practicing nullification.

The Texas AG issued the most non-sensical opinion in recent memory on Sunday, which I posted yesterday. Basically his argument is that religious freedom means judges and county clerks can refuse to do things that are against their religious beliefs. 

This is a case of be careful what you wish for. 

Perfect example?

The death penalty. Texas kills inmates on death row more often than some people bathe. What if a good Catholic judge decided, "You know what, we Catholics are agaisnt the death penalty. I know I'm supposed to hear this case and all, but hey its against my religious beliefs, so no thanks."

Or...what if a conservative Tea Party nut's worst dream ever came true. What if there was a devout Muslim who was in a position to deny a woman a driver's license because his religious beliefs dicatate that women shouldn't drive?

Thankfully the AG's opinion is just advisory. And frankly I think he knows how stupid it is because his press release talks about knowing there will be a flurry of lawsuits on the issue. 

The reality is that the Surpreme Court is the law of the land. 

Religion is not law in the United States. 

And the SCOTUS decision doesn't mean that religions now have to perform same sex marriages. 

But hey GOP, thanks for allowing us Demos to score twice on marriage equality...

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