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Refresher on Obergefell v. Hodges

Something I saw today on Twitter prompted me to take a look back at an article I posted here a couple years ago, about how Obergefell v. Hodges was not in fact an affirmation of the will of the American People, as was repeatedly trumpeted by the fakenews at the time, but was in fact forcibly imposed by judicial fiat just about everywhere. I had posted a link to Wikipedia as a source at the time. The page at that link has since been obfuscated beyond recognition, to the point where it’s no longer a valid source for this information (nice retconning there, Wikipedians!), but, luckily, I found another one! Even on that one, though, you need to carefully look through the table and tally off the ones that list “legislative statute” or similar reason as the method of legalization. Counting full states only, there are 11. Including Washington D.C. gets you to 12. I maintain that states where same-sex marriage was legalized only after being imposed by a court do not count, and, frankly, it should be obvious that they do not. When the law is already a foregone conclusion anyway, how many people are going to bother voting against it? Liberal proponents, on the other hand, are well known for their penchant for gloating, which is precisely what such a “vote” constitutes.

In any case, here are the states who voluntarily legalized same-sex marriage, through legislative action, referendum, or the like:

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

In all other states, including California, legalization was jammed down the throats of the people by either federal or state court fiat. Thus, any claim that this decision was somehow the “will of the people” is a flat-out lie, and if you hear it, you are being lied to. It’s called gaslighting, and this is an absolutely massive case of it.

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!”