5 Over the Top Reactions to Gay Marriage

As this session of the Supreme Court begins to wind down, everyone is waiting to learn whether the highest court in the land will agree that marriage between two people is a constitutional right regardless of whether the two people are of the same or opposite sex, or whether states can continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. With Ireland and now Mexico both recently approving legal same-sex marriage, and previous decisions of the court not to overturn lower circuit rulings on the issue, it seems fairly clear that Chief Justice John Roberts and the rest of the justices are preparing for a majority ruling in favor of marriage equality. When that does happen, here are five cases where people are totally going to overreact to the news.

1) The Australian “divorcees”

We were always told that gay marriage would ruin marriage for everyone, and this couple from Australia is taking that message to heart. Nick and Sarah Jensen have vowed that if marriage equality ever makes it to their own country, well, they will get legally separated out of spite. “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it,” Nick wrote in a local paper, according to Buzzfeed. “My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples.”

Of course, not everyone is willing to pander to the Jensens. One of their friends disinvited them from their own wedding because of their publicity stunt. “You and your views are not welcome, because you’re right — the institution we’re marrying into isn’t the same one you think you’re in,” they wrote, according to Raw Story.

2) Phyllis Schlafly

You can’t have a battle over good old fashioned Christian morality without everyone’s favorite anti-feminist getting her say. According to Schlafly, if homosexuals are allowed to have legally protected committed coupledom like heterosexual couples get, well, Christians will be the ones paying the price through their inevitable persecution. “I think it’s really shocking that so many pastors are even worried about this,” she told WND. “What kind of a country do we have when dozens or scores of pastors are worried if they practice their religion they are going to be subject to some kind of penalty? I mean, who knows where it could go? Obama’s own lawyer said penalties against Christian institutions could follow homosexual marriage.”

3) Alabama and North Carolina’s state governments

States are scrambling to come up with ways to get around marrying same-sex couples if the likely verdict from the Supreme Court is that marriage is a constitutional right. Alabama toyed with the idea of getting rid of marriage licenses all together, instead offering contracts for those who are “legally allowed” to get married. The bill died during the legislative session. North Carolina came up with a simpler solution by allowing anyone who performs marriages to be able to opt out of a union that he or she morally objects to. If the court does give all same-sex couples the right to marry, expect more states to follow suit.

4) Florida state Rep. Larry Ahern

It’s hard to imagine that someone could be upset with the city hall flying a pro-gay rights flag over Gay Pride weekend, but Ahern and his anti-abortion constituents are angry because they can’t get a “pro-life” flag in the same spot for 40 Days for Life. “‘Mayor Rick Kriesman (sic) refuses to respond to over twenty requests to fly the Pro-Life flag over city hall in September,’ Ahern wrote on his Facebook page. ‘Why no response? Who determines what flag will be flown? Gay Pride, no problem,’” reports the St. Peter’s Blog. “He then asks, ‘is this religious discrimination?’”

5) Pastor Rick Scarborough, his nearly 45,000 petition signers and two presidential candidates

A group led by the virulently anti-gay pastor swears they will not accept a Supreme Court decision allowing gays to be legally wed, and they “will accept any fine and jail time to protect their religious freedom and the freedom of others,” according to ThinkProgress. Among the signees are Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle.

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71 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

The Kim Davis case proves Phyllis Schlafly was right.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

The Kim Davis case proves Phyllis Schlafly was right.

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Timothy W.
Timothy W3 years ago

John S
Yes many nations have already decriminalized consensual incest. I don't see the relevance in comparison to homosexuality however. I don't know because I have no actual experience with incest, but I would assume that it is not a attraction to family members that draws two people to each other in an incestuous relation, but rather that for what ever reason the person they are drawn to is a family member. In a homosexual relationship, the people involved are drawn to the same sex. This is not a decision or choice. It is simply a fact of life. If a guy is drawn to his brother he is still capable of choosing to look elsewhere for another guy he can be happy with. If a father is drawn to his adult daughter, he can still ignore that attraction and look for another women to form a relationship with. In the case you refer to he already had a wife so I would say more was going on there.

Incest is a completely different issue from homosexuality. If you tell someone that they may not have sexual relations with a family member, they can still look elsewhere for a sexual partner that will fulfill their sexual needs and attraction. If you tell a homosexual that they may not have homosexual relations then you are condemning them to a lonely life with no outlet for personal relationships since they are simply not able to be sexually and emotional satisfied in a heterosexual relation.

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Timothy W.
Timothy W3 years ago

John S.
If someone were to do their own investigation on the subject of the Australian Judge Garry Neilson, they would find that he has face a great deal of criticism for his statements and is being called on to step down from the bench. His statements are being given little if any serious consideration other than his ability to fulfill his duties as judge.
Here is one of many links to follow.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/greens-slam-judge-garry-neilsons-comparison-of-incest-and-paedophilia-to-homosexuality-20140710-zt28f.html

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David Youmans
David Youmans3 years ago

Wow John S, that's interesting information, but you forgot to include the links that would show us that you didn't just make this up. Why don't you post the links to this information, so that the rest of us can look it over. I'd be willing to bet that its from a source that nobody would consider to be reliable though...

The simple fact is that there is no way in which same sex marriage will have any effect on heterosexual marriage whatsoever. This is just another lie promoted by the religious wrong, to try to prevent something that they personally consider "icky".

As far as Incest and bestiality, those are completely different subject, that have nothing to do with same sex marriage at all. They're just another "button pusher" to try to get ignorant people stirred up. Nothing but a false flag, to try to make people afraid of change, which is the whole issue here.

The right wing and the religious wrong are scared shitless of change. They will automatically fight change, even when change is crucial for survival. Their fear kills their ability to think clearly, and foments hatred for anyone that's different. The fear mongering of the right wing, is one of the greatest dangers that this nation is facing, because it prevents thought, and promotes violence against those who are no danger to anyone...

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Tammy J.
Tammy J3 years ago

►Nick and Sarah Jensen have vowed that if marriage equality ever makes it to their own country, well, they will get legally separated out of spite. “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it. My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples.”◄

This is hilarious! I hope they know they are only hurting themselves. Do they think anyone, gay or straight, is going to care that they are splitting up their unity due to their own stupidity??? HAHA it's so laughable!!!!

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 years ago

A lot of people would be a lot happier if they focused on making their own lives better instead of trying to hold others back

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BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Jan B: Whatever "small percentage of people" are LGBT in this or any country - and the figures vary, depending on whom you talk to - a Majority has NO RIGHT to oppress ANY Minority, no matter how large or how small, whether it's 49% or 1%. This bigoted discrimination affects EVERYone in the Society.
For an example, in a bigoted society, ANYone can be hurt by being just PERCEIVED as Gay, or CALLED Gay. No-one, no matter how "straight" in actuality, is immune from this. This controls peoples' behavior in an insidious way. Further, LGBT people live in FAMILIES, like the rest of us - they are not off by themselves in some Colony! If someone's Gay parent, or child, or sibling, or relative is made to suffer, their FAMILIES generally suffer too - if the person loses their Job for being Gay, for one example. Societies restricting Gays, generally violate OTHER Civil Liberties also, affecting ALL. Such Societies LOSE the valuable things that their LGBT members could CONTRIBUTE - shown in the UK, by the senseless persecution unto death of the brilliant WWII hero, Alan Turing.
For MANY reasons, but mainly for ETHICAL ones, Gay Issues are NOT "minor", but do help determine an entire Society's course for better or for worse...

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