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Of All the Industrialized Democracies Only in America is This a Controversy

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Only in America would the countries highest court have difficulty in accepting same sex marriage   and strike down the reactionary 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that recognizes only the marriage of opposite sex couples for more than 1,000 federal laws and programs.

Yet it seems Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Alito, Thomas and Scalia, the four arch conservatives on the court are remaining in the dark ages while Justice Kennedy (who usually goes along with the four horsemen of the apocalypse) is leaning toward siding with Justices Ginsberg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer, (for states rights reasons) the four justices on the left who live in this world and not the narrow minded world of the Court's four arch conservatives.

It is impossible to conceive in any other industrialized democracy that this issue of same sex marriage would be even be on the highest court's agenda, no less needing to be acted upon. Why? Homophobia is an all-American phenomenon, (not say it doesn't exist in other democracies) but not with the deep seated vitriol we seem to have with it here in America.

Far right Republicans and their fundamentalist brethren may have difficulty in accepting same sex marriage as somehow a threat to the traditional man and woman marriage, but from here that's their personal homosexual conflict they've never come to grips with. They often cite the bible that supposedly rejects homosexuality or attempt to stand on moral higher ground as defenders of the traditional marriage between a man and a woman. But these are subterfuges to hide behind and do not fit with the changing world we're living in.

The personal animus toward lesbians and gays is like the racism toward African Americans, Latinos, Orientals and all people of color. They are not like "us" and are therefore inferior to "us" white folk.

Like the racists who have submerged their racism in our current age, homophobes will never change. But they will die off eventually just like the racists die off.

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It's just too bad they like the four right wing "Supreme's" and their henchmen in the Congress are still around. The latter to act on their vitriol, enact laws of bias toward homosexual couples and bring controversy on something that should have been transcended long ago but persists because of their deep seated hatred.

But that's America for you.

We have serious problems that are ignored or denied like man made global warming. And in no particular order, banks too big to fail, a middle class slowly being decimated, our liberty's being eroded by the national security surveillance state, endless war, drones killing innocents, bloated defense spending, the rich not paying their fair share, health care hardly the best in the world but by far the most costly (which won't change without a Medicare for all, single payer system and the end of corporate control over health care), to say nothing of the corporate oligarchs turning this country into a plutocracy. And that's to say anything about public education, student loan debt (now over a trillion dollars), an electoral system controlled by big moneyed interests who underwrite most of our public servants who are little more than sycophants to their corporate interests and the political agenda that favors those interests. And this is hardly a complete list of the problems and issues we face in this country.

But here we are in a controversy over same sex marriage and the possible overturn by the Supreme Court of the Defense of Marriage Act that should never have been enacted in 1996 but for the homophobic reactionaries that enacted it into law at that time.

It's time for the Court to overturn this hate inspired law that could only have been enacted in America.

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Today the Court members are meeting behind closed doors. Will they act and do the right thing? It seems Justice Kennedy may be the key vote to overturn this abominable law.

  Let's hope he joins the four open minded Justices and does the right thing.


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