by Dr. D ~ June 27th, 2013
( Justice Scalia: Wikipedia)
Are opponents of Gay marriage now considered to be ‘enemies of the human race’? According to Justice Scalia that is tantamount to what Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have indicated in their ruling against DOMA and their non-ruling of Prop 8. Here’s the quote from Scalia:
But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con- demn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to "dis- parage," "injure," "degrade," "demean," and "humiliate" our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homo- sexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence— indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.
Response: Many believe that Justice Scalia is over-reacting here but I am not one of their number. It really is inherent in the majority decision which sees DOMA as disparaging and demeaning fellow human beings who happen to be homosexual. Therefore those of us who oppose same-sex marriage are in the same category as the KKK and the Nazis who openly discriminated and disparaged whole groups of people.
Is this where we are really headed? To put further our concerns over the direction this seems to be going, President Obama deemed that it was necessary at this time to assert that he had no intention of forcing Christian churches to perform same-sex marriages. The fact that he even mentioned this concerns me more than if it was left unstated. It means he was actually thinking about it! *Top