Homo Alert Tim Burgess: Sacredness of Marriage Under Assault in Iowa
posted by August 31 at 10:26 AMon
Yesterday an unelected judge in Iowa—unelected, just like the judges that decided Loving v. Virginia and Brown v. Board of Education—ruled that denying marriage to same-sex couples violated the state of Iowa’s constitution. Today a same-sex couple got a marriage license in Des Moines, a waiver from a sympathetic judge, and then the men married before the decision legalizing same-sex marriage could be stayed by another judge.
Earlier today, two male college students were married in the front yard of a Des Moines residence this morning.
The couple — Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz, both Iowa State University students — obtained a marriage license at the Polk County recorder’s office and got a judge to sign a waiver allowing them to marry today rather than wait three days, as is required by law.
They were married by the Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines at 10:32 a.m. Before the ceremony, Stringer said, ” Awesome. It’s a long time coming.”
Mmm… long time coming…
And what do Tim Burgess’ buddies at the Concerned Women for America have to say about the Iowa decision? Well, they put up this graphic…
Get it? IowGaY? Hee haw. And what do the Concerned Women have to say? Well, their Policy Director—concerned “woman” Matt Barber—seems to think that the sacredness of marriage is at risk.
“It’s preposterous to think that the framers of the Iowa constitution could have even imagined that the document they were drafting would someday be distorted in such a way as to force ‘gay’ marriage’ upon Iowa.”
It is—just as the slave-owning framers of the U.S. constitution could never have imagined that the document they were drawing up would someday be used to “force” inter-racial marriage upon the U.S. That’s the funny thing about constitutions—they’re open to interpretation, and that’s what our judges—elected and un-elected—are there for in part, to interpret the constitution.