It’s a deer, dammit

These states ratified same-sex marriage of their own free will:

Delaware
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington

The following states did not. In these, same-sex marriage was either illegal (up until Saturday’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling), or had been forcibly legalized by judicial edict:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Two of these states, California and Connecticut, later went on to “legalize” it after being forced to by judges. Make of that what you will.

Marriage in this country was pretty much a joke already, so in practical terms I doubt I care very much about this ruling. But I do care very much about the omnipresent tendency of judges to steamroll the republican process.

Meanwhile, a Republican Congress has granted fast-track authority to the President on trade agreements. This means ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is all but assured, and that means, pretty much, that the United States of America is no longer a sovereign nation. At least, not for now. I admit to still holding out some hope that The People of this once-great land will make their voices heard in a way which the plutocrats simply can’t ignore. But that’s going to be mighty hard if so many of the people insist on looking at the deer and saying, “My, what a lovely horse that is!”