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10.01.2009

"The room is spinning because of all of the gayness." - Ricky Bobby

A voter-approved state constitutional amendment and the Texas Family Code prohibit same-sex marriages or civil unions. And the Texas attorney general had intervened in the two men’s divorce case, arguing that since a gay marriage isn’t recognized in Texas, a Texas court can’t dissolve one through divorce.

But Dallas state District Judge Tena Callahan ruled Thursday that the state's bans on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law.

Story. Edit: Here's a bombshell: Bud Kennedy reported that the judge represented the two men as their attorney in 1999 in this case.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why shouldn't gay people be allowed to be married? By denying them that right, they are denied to ability to be as miserable as the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Teabaggers and teabaggees deserve each other.

Anonymous said...

This post is gay. Marriage is a religious ceremony and thus should be barred from government sanction per the first amendment protection of government establishing a religion. Leave it in the churches and let them marry and divorce whoever in the hell they want to.

Anonymous said...

Don't blink or you will miss it. For once Obammy is on foreign land having to praise America.

Anonymous said...

It's all fun and games until some Judge breaks it off in your ass (so to speak) on child support you and the other gay idiot adopted.

Gays suck.

Anonymous said...

You have a real "gay" thing going on these last few days. What's up with that, Barry? Is it dark in your closet?

Anonymous said...

7:48 is right on the money.

Anonymous said...

@7:48
Actually, you can be legally married without the sanction of the church. You can't be legally married without the sanction of the government.

Anonymous said...

I wonder which one will be awarded the jar of Vasoline?

Anonymous said...

@8:55

Actually, heterosexual men who are comfortable and secure with their own sexuality have no problem acknowleging and adressing gay issues. Gay folk have long known that those who point fingers and defensively label others as "gay" are the real closet cases.

Which are you?

Anonymous said...

If you are a same sex married couple, think about how to get out of a marriage legally. The couple should buy an American airline ticket and fly back to the blue liberal state that legalized same sex marriage and leave Texas out of it!

Common sense is if it isn't legal to get married; it isn't legal to get divorced!

M-M said...

This judge is an idiot. Trying to be an activist judge. The ruling should be that since Texas can't recognize their marriage and they purposely went to Massachusetts to marry then they should have to go back to get divorced. Not try and change our state constitution to accommodate two gays. They never should have been allowed to marry in the first place. And marriage is not a right, it's a privilege.

Anonymous said...

7:48, Wrong. "Marriage" is a legal relationship. And it's origins predate religion. Because it is a relationship which is fundamental in our society, every "Religion" (capital 'R') has attempted to define it in the terms of that Religion (for example, whether "marriage" is monogamous or polygamous; whether a wife is mere property or a co-partner; whether divorce is even allowed). Each society in which any particular Religion is predominant tends to incorporate the views of that Religion in its legal code.

But the relationship itself is fundamentally a "legal" one. For example, Texas is a "community property" state. Now, that wouldn't make much sense if "marriage" wasn't a "legal" relationship, would it?

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On to the Judge. She may be motivated by "activism", or worse, by bias arising from her former representation. But I don't think those issues have to be reached in this case.

It seems to me the real issue here has to do with the fact that there are some very old principles (hear me, "conservatives") that virtually REQUIRE states to recognize the validity of matters originally decided in another state. Remember the famous/infamous "Dred Scott" case, from the 1850s, where the conservative, pro-State's Rights Supreme Court of the day essentially ruled that "free states" had to recognize and honor the validity of the "owner/slave" relationship of an owner and slave who had entered the territory of the "free state".

The gay men in the present case were legally married in Massachesetts. They then moved to Texas. Like it or not, Texas must recognize the validity of that relationship. Because the men are no longer residents of Massachesetts, Massachusetts has no jurisdiction to divorce them. Only the state of their present residence can do that. That is Texas. And to deny them the right to divorce is quite different from denying them the right to marry.

Understand, I freely acknowledge that the issue of "gay marriage" does not threaten me in the least. And yes, I'm "straight", and happily married. And I don't see what all the fuss is about. It all seems to come from the presumption of the ultra-religious (those who - in a display of the ultimate sin of pride - presume to speak for God), interjecting their religious principles into the law.

In America, that is not supposed to happen.

But even if you disagree, still, the fundamental and conservative legal principles outlined above should allow these men a Texas divorce. After all, that divorce will only bring them into conformance with present Texas law ... that they, as two men, should not be married.

Anonymous said...

I could be a lesbo if i were a chick, but dude lovin makes me sick, i just dont get some dude wanting to munch on some other dude, chicks are so soft and warm and perty, we're lucky that they even want us , i would'nt if i were them

Anonymous said...

how can a state that stands behind the christian definition of marriage of one man one woman do a divorce for a couple who live in an abomination to the marriage defined in the bible and in the eyes in the state texas. for those who dont realize it the homosexual movement is working hard to make being a christian who believes in what the bible says illegal. today i hear it all to often people who put christian things up in thier offices being wrote up to fired because the gays say they are offended by it while they put up their posters and when good Christians say they are offended they get in trouble. the gays hat to hear it but they will not inherit the kindgom of heaven as it says in the bible. while gays may be nice people but they live in an abomination to gods will and wish to make the hetrosexuals just like them

Casual Observer said...

"You are outta here. Let me pack your crap for you."

Anonymous said...

"Anyone who uses scripture to exclude or hurt anyone else has missed the plot!"
Karen Armstrong

Anonymous said...

I've got an idea, how about all you Christians stop worrying about what the homos are doing. Let God judge them. Don't you have enough problems of your own. Get your damn nose out if other peoples bedrooms.

M-M said...

12:01 This subject line is not about what the gays do in their bedrooms. If that were all it's about, then the fact that they can do what they do in there bedroom married or unmarried would negate their effort and argument to try and change society and argue that they have a "right" to marriage. Why don't they just live as gays and quit trying to cram their gay agenda down everyones throat?

Anonymous said...

What is 'gay agenda?'

Anonymous said...

All the Gay advocates would have you believe they are wholesome fun loving people who just want people to accept them for what they are so they can live what they feel is a normal lifestyle.

Well friends,if you have any doubts about how wholesome,faithful,fun loving or upstanding they are,I implore you to go to any Gay Bar in D/FW and if you really feel you're up to it,go into the restroom and just hold on because it is a literal sexual feeding frenzy in there.

Gays are absolutely the most unfaithful,two timing,lewd law breakers you will ever see.

Anonymous said...

2:46

Been to lots of Gay Bars have you?

M-M said...

Gay agenda = The gay and lesbian effort and mission to attempt to normalize and cause all of society to accept their lifestyle as normal. With the attitude of "whatever it takes". Whether it be on TV, the movies, the media, in schools, in the courts, in the legislatures and congress etc. Thus you see the things that go on today. Hollywood has to include a gay character in practically all their productions. Authors write books for elementary age kids to read about having two dads etc. It goes on and on. A crime against a gay has to be a hate crime. It goes on and on. They are the ones that won't leave it alone.

Anonymous said...

the homosexuals will not let us forget about them they lobby for special laws to protect them making them a special class of citizens. example is the hate crime all crimes are run by hate but if you act on the fact that a person is a fag then you will get more added to your sentence however if a fag committs a crime agianst a hetrosexual then it is a regular crime. the conservatives had best take thier stand to make sure that we are not over taken by the queers

Anonymous said...

the homosexuals will not let us forget about them they lobby for special laws to protect them making them a special class of citizens. example is the hate crime all crimes are run by hate but if you act on the fact that a person is a fag then you will get more added to your sentence however if a fag committs a crime agianst a hetrosexual then it is a regular crime. the conservatives had best take thier stand to make sure that we are not over taken by the queers

Anonymous said...

OK, I get it .......'gay agenda' is what you call coming out of the closet finally and wanting to be treated as human beings with equal rights as other people.

Anonymous said...

No Queer that's not what we said.

M-M said...

No, that's what you call it. They do have equal rights. How do they not have equal rights?

Anonymous said...

You have issues....lots & lots of issues and you have too much invested in your ingorance for me to even attempt to communicate with you.

M-M said...

That's an intelligent way to bail.....NOT!

Anonymous said...

No point..........couldn't convince a KKK member of their ignorance either.

Anonymous said...

2:46....nothing could be further from the truth about b
gay bars.

Anonymous said...

M-M:

No, marriage is a "right" in the U.S. as established by the SCOTUS in 1967.

"How do they not have equal rights?" Holy crap, you are not familiar with the laws in Texas (among other states) are you? In most states, you can be fired for being gay. The marriage that you have the luxury of taking for granted is not available to gay Texans (along with over 1000 associated legal rights, including right to inheritance, hospital visitation, adoption, etc.)

Really, do some research.

Anonymous said...

Frankly, I'll be happy when heteros stop cramming their lifestyle choice down my throat. Stop posting wedding announcements. Stop displaying you family pictures in your office. Stop wearing wedding bands. Stop telling me about the secretary you think is "hot". Stop with the constant babbling about your "family" vacations. Stop saying "my wife/husband". Stop getting insurance benefits. Stop with the inheritance rights. Stop visiting your comotose "husband/wife" in the hospital and making life or death decisions on their behalf. Just stop. Really, their should be a law against such behavior.

Anonymous said...

3:34:

Federal hate crime laws have already been on the books in the U.S. for over 40 years. They strictly apply to violent crimes, not speech (religious speech is specifically excluded). In any case, there is nothing "special" about being the victim of a violent attack. Also, proposed hate crime legislation based on sexual orientation applies regardless of the victim's orientation (real or perceived). If a gay person attacks a heterosexual on the established basis of his/her orientation, that would still be classified as a hate crime.

Anonymous said...

8:21
What's with the word 'lifestyle'in reference to gays? Doesn't one choose one's 'lifestyle?'..as in Decor of your home or to live in rural or city? Shop Whole Foods vs. Kroger?
Never have understood 'lifestyle' and 'agenda' when talking about homosexuals.
Thanks though..........LOL

Anonymous said...

@ 7:29

Who's this "we" you speak of? Kindly leave me out of your sphere of ignorance.