Below is a listing of members and former members of the US Congress, along with other prominent Republican politicians, who are adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage (as well as special protection for the rights of LGBTQ people) and would probably restore the interdiction of all such within our nation if they could. So far they haven’t been able to do so, but Brett Kavanaugh’s arrival on the Supreme Court bench has us worried about what’s to come.
At the top of our list are Donald Trump, and Mike Pence, two of the worst in respect to not respecting the rights of the LGBTQ people, including the right to marriage. Nine on the list are present U.S. Senators, all Republicans, who most account, by shamefully kowtowing to Trump, for the survival of his presidency. Without the Republican support. often by keeping silent before the President’s lies on Twitter, at the rallies and elsewhere Donald Trump would have been out of office months ago.
THE LIST of SHAME
FOR A MUCH MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF THE ANTI-GAY GUYS IN OUR GOVERNMENT GO HERE
Would it help to restore some decency to our Republican politicians if they were to read Platon’s The Banquet (go here to read the speech of Aristophanes at the Banquet) and in particular his speech claiming a natural origin for the sexual inclinations of men and women, whatever they might be.
(That’s the Greek comedian and playwright. Aristophanes. Born in Athens, in 446 BC, died at-Delphi in 386 BC)
These bigots listed are all members of the Republican Party! The party of Abraham Lincoln, whom I think would never have been against same-sex marriage. We don’t know of course but I would imagine him saying, pretty much what I say, “Why not?” Why not leave it to the people to decide for themselves their manner of coming together with their loved ones?
How much do the Republicans’s views of marriage explain their to me otherwise inexplicable support of Donald Trump? (The great irony here is that Donald Trump himself if left to himself probably wouldn’t have been against protecting LGBTQ rights.) Now if our President seems not to protect these rights it has to be because he is after the bigot vote, that which in 2106 was enough to make him president.
These men and women, elected officials of our government, are terrible people, without a shred of fairness and decency. (SAD! AS TRUMP WOULD SAY) Listen to what some of them have to say about same sex marriage:
Mike Huckabee: “I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice but to resist marriage equality. They either are going to follow God, their conscience,… what they truly believe is what the scripture, not civil law, teaches them,”
Rick Perry: “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
Jim DeMint: “If someone is openly homosexual, he shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom (nor should an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend, be in the classroom either. –
Marco Rubio: “Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage.”
Mitt Romney (newly elected to the Senate!) “I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. I believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.”
Bobby Jindal: “I hold the view that there has been a consensus in our country for over two centuries that marriage is between one man and one woman.” (And wasn’t there for about 400 years or more a consensus that slavery was good, and right? No argument, that, appealing to history, which changes, of course, as we change.)
Orrin Hatch: “OK individuals don’t choose to be gay, but they should not be allowed to have a traditional marriage.”
Ted Cruz: “We look at the jihad that is being waged right now, in Indiana, and in Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”
Todd Akin: “Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.” (and the Greeks and the Romans???)
Tom Emmer:This guy compares marriage equality to incest and bestiality. He was named the Minnesota chairman for the anti-equality Faith and Freedom Coalition, and he headed up efforts in the state on a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.
Ralph Reed: He claims that federal workplace protections for LGBT people would be “a dagger aimed at the heart of religious freedom for millions of Americans. ”
But the bottom line to all this, all this Trump business, is still our being able to laugh at ourselves, and of course at the President.
I don’t know the origin of this joke below, but I liked it and laughed LOL.
Trump is doing a meet-and-greet at a crowded venue and his security detail is being extra watchful. One of them is a new guy and he’s extra jumpy.
Suddenly, a gunman bursts from the crowd, aiming his weapon at the President. Pandemonium ensues. The rookie bodyguard screams “Mickey Mouse!!!” at the top of his voice and this startles the would be assassin to the point that his aim is off and the shot goes over Trump’s head.
Some bodyguards wrestle the assailant to the ground, while others hustle the President to safety. Disaster averted.
Later, during debriefing, the head of the security detail congratulates the rookie. Without his quick thinking, he tells him, the President might very well be dead.
“But I’m puzzled” he said. “Why on earth would you yell Mickey Mouse?”
“I’m new”, explained the rookie, sheepishly. “I panicked. I meant to yell Donald! Duck!!”