More than 50 years ago, Alabama governor George Wallace literally stood “in the schoolhouse door,” to prevent the integration of the University of Alabama. Wallace argued that “states’ rights” allowed Alabama to keep its schools segregated, and that the federal government had no authority to demand it integrate.
This week, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore figuratively stood in the courthouse door, in defiance of a court ruling that struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. Moore’s argument is essentially the same one Wallace used.
The usual wingnuttery commenced.
- Moore later said he blocked same-sex marriages because “men and their daughters or women and their sons” would want to marry next.
- Radio host Bryan Fischer declared Moore a modern day Martin Luther King.
- Fischer also claimed that ordering judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would be tantamount to “slavery” enforced by the “gay Gestapo.”
- Tony Perkins praised Moore, and warned that ruling in favor of marriage equality would throw “our country into a tailspin.”
- The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party fretted that “the State of Alabama and the United States of America will reap God’s wrath” because of same-sex marriage.
- One Alabama minister was arrested for refusing to leave the office of a probate judge, where she was trying to officiate a wedding for two women.
- Street preacher Cedric Hatcher’s anti-gay screed to the Birmingham City Council must be seen and heard to be believed.
It’s not just Alabama. The Supreme Court is due to rule on marriage equality, and justices Thomas and Ginsburg are already dropping hints that the court will rule in favor of marriage equality. So, the madness spread far beyond Alabama.
- During an appearance on “Washington Week,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) warned that marriage equality, “harms everyone, particularly our young children,” and will harm America’s “economic well-being.”
- At an event in Arkansas, presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee told his audience that just as Nazi Germany promoted lies on a massive scale, American culture has been inundated with “lies” about the definition of marriage.
- On James Dobson’s “Family Talk” radio show, Robert Jeffries said that same-sex marriage is “the greatest sign of the End Times that we see in our country right now.”
- The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow ministers to refuse to perform same-sex weddings.
- GOP Arkansas state Sen. Bart Hester has proposed legislation banning pro-LGBT anti-discrimination laws in the state.
To shed more light on the subject, Redneck News anchor Jeremy Todd Addaway reported on the changes same-sex marriage is bringing to Alabama.
Here’s the rest of the best in wingnuttia this week:
- Conservative websites appeared to celebrate the reported death of ISIS hostage and aid-worker Kayla Mueller. Columnist Debbie Schlussel called Mueller “a jew-hating, anti-Israel bitch.”
- It’s official: Paris is suing Fox News over reports that areas of the city are “no go zones,” that are closed to non-Muslims.
- The chief technology officer of Jeb Bush’s Right To Rise PAC resigned after a series of reports of homophobic, racist, sexist remarks he’s made over the years.
- Following President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) posted a picture of President Obama in a turban, and called the speech a “Jihadi recruiting tool.”
- Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) said on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” “We should be proud for the way we treated these savages at Guantanamo Bay…”
- Pat Robertson told a “700 Club” viewer who found a “gay magazine” in his son’s room that his son probably isn’t gay…unless someone sexually abused or “confused” him.
- Robertson also claimed that the snow in Boston disproved climate change.
- Late night host Jimmy Kimmel crammed as much of Pat Robertson’s craziness into one video as he could.
- Presidential hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Huckabee both appear in a documentary film that presents LGBT equality as a threat to Christianity.
- Montana Republican state Rep. David Moore proposed a bill to ban yoga pants. Apparently a naked bike ride through Missoula drove Moore temporarily insane. Moore has since withdrawn the bill, and says he was just joking.
- Republican Tennessee state Rep. Jerry Sexton is sponsoring a bill to make the Bible the state’s official book.
- Colorado Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg wants to end the Colorado program that lowered teen birth and abortion rates in the state.
- Republican South Carolina state Sen. Thomas Corbin called women “a lesser cut of meat,” and cracked that women should be “at home baking cookies” or “barefoot and pregnant,” not serving in the state legislature.