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Slouching Off Towards Gilead

June 27, 2017 No Comments

I’m glad I’m a man right now, and I feel incredibly conflicted about that. 1*I’m scared to be gay, but I think our odds are slightly better.

There’s a war on women in this country, and it’s not only making gains, it’s accelerating. There’s also a backlash towards gay marriage which was, sadly, inevitable.

The Senate version of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare would not only remove any tax subsidies or credits from ALL insurance plans that include abortion coverage, including employer plans, it would also completely ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any Medicaid funding, effectively shutting out poor women from preventative services. Including breast cancer screening.

That faint rumbling sound, Dear Reader, is my molars. To quote the Divine Miss M, these bastards make me angry enough to grind my teeth ’til I could snort my own bicuspids.

There’s also the matter of Justice Gorsuch.

He didn’t vote in Trinity Lutheran v Comer, but there’s almost no absolutely no doubt as to which way he would have voted. This man in a stolen Supreme Court seat will be influencing the Court for decades, and I can guarantee you pro-life and anti-gay lawyers are working out their legal strategies. Kennedy, that damnable windsock, is still really indecisive on women’s issues. With Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas, and probably(?) Roberts2*Roberts is sorta sliding slightly more towards the middle as he ages in the court, and is still VERY concerned with ideas of the Court’s dignity, and pays a lot of lip service to stare decisis. I honestly don’t know how he’d vote on a well-argued abortion case. arguing in conference, I’d not want to wager money against an argument about the dignity of fetal life pitched directly at Kennedy. Dignity is Kennedy’s JAM3*One of the most satisfying moments in my political life was during oral arguments for Obergefell. The counsel for the State of Michigan, John J. Bursch, said directly to Kennedy that marriage didn’t necessarily have anything to do with dignity. I knew it was going to be a 5/4 win, with Kennedy writing the decision., and it would take a really good case for, oh, say, women’s dignity and right to life choices to sway him. And he’s one of five Catholics on the court.

While I mentioned Trinity… Man, that whole Separation of Church and State worked really well while we had it. And the Johnson Amendment was pretty nifty, too. But at least a segment of churches weren’t satisfied with that bargain, and now want, and have, not only tax exemption but also access to public funds.

The Court also granted certiorari to Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case they likely only accepted to overturn the 10th Circuit, which found for the gay couple.

These are the first holes in very important legal principles and gains, and there will be more. Again, there are very smart and very conservative lawyers salivating at the chance to keep eroding those separations and protections. If one of the liberal four Justices dies or retires before Trump and/or Pence are gone, or before the 2019 Congress, there is going to be a VERY significant chance that the gay rights and women’s rights advances made so painfully over the past 30-40 years will be significantly erased – and the United States will make big strides towards Christian hegemony.

Hulu has great timing, but I don’t know if it’ll do any good.

Clever Asides   [ + ]

1. I’m scared to be gay, but I think our odds are slightly better.
2. Roberts is sorta sliding slightly more towards the middle as he ages in the court, and is still VERY concerned with ideas of the Court’s dignity, and pays a lot of lip service to stare decisis. I honestly don’t know how he’d vote on a well-argued abortion case.
3. One of the most satisfying moments in my political life was during oral arguments for Obergefell. The counsel for the State of Michigan, John J. Bursch, said directly to Kennedy that marriage didn’t necessarily have anything to do with dignity. I knew it was going to be a 5/4 win, with Kennedy writing the decision.
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