The Iowa Supreme Court Recognizes that Human Rights are for All Humans3 April, 2009
When the Massachusetts supreme court ruled, a few years ago, that human rights apply to all humans (including homosexuals). Of course, the religious right freaked. Royally. And, of course, they were right. Massachusetts, today, is a hotbed of man-on-dog, man-on-man, evangelical minister-on-gay male prostitute (oh, wait, that was ‘conservative’ Colorado). Well, not really. But at least True American(TM) conservatives can console themselves that it happened in evil librul Massachusetts. And Connecticut.
Until now (from MSNBC):
The Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and first in the nation’s heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed.
So, that hotbed of liberalism, Iowa, has decided that human rights are just that: human rights. This shows just how mainstream this idea has become in the United States. The jurists of the ISC are not wild eyed liberals out to force an agenda. They are not ‘judicial activists’ (as near as I can make out, the only judicial activists are right-wingers). They are normal (if very well-educated) Americans who understand the workings of constitutional law.
And, of course, the religious right freaks out (and in other news, Republican congresscritters want to cut taxes for the rich, and Rush Limbaugh is a big fat ass) (from USA Today):
Iowa’s four Roman Catholic bishops released a joint statement of strong disagreement, saying the ruling
… rejects the wisdom of thousands of years of human history. It implements a novel understanding of marriage, which will grievously harm families and children.
The bishops call the decision an “unwarranted social engineering” and an attack on “the good that marriage offers to society.” And they call for everyone in Iowa to push for a constitutional amendment on marriage.
Baptist Press, published by the Southern Baptist Convention, reports conservative evangelicals deplore the ruling.
Jimmy Barrentine, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Iowa, says:
As a Christian, it is our joyful duty to love all people and to mistreat not, but we are not guided by personal opinion in matters such as this. I am opposed to this decision. We are instructed by Scripture, which forthrightly condemns homosexual behavior.
Just once, I would love to hear a right-wing religious Christianist asshat argue for, or against, anything in our secular democracy without using ‘scripture.’ Ain’t gonna happen in my lifetime, but I would love to see it. Shit. It has happened:
Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center, tells BP:
This means, by force of law, every schoolchild in Iowa will be taught that homosexuality is equal to heterosexual behavior.
The children! Won’t someone think about the children?
So fucking what? If school children are taught that you cannot pick and choose who is entitled to human rights sounds like a good idea. You cannot, in a secular democracy (secular means that our laws are not based on religious religious myths, but rather civil law!), decide that certain persons are not eligible for human rights based on religious writings!
Bravo to the Supreme Court of Iowa. Thank you for recognizing that human rights are for all humans. Including the right to marry.