Friday, June 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

Right-wing logic: a Supreme Court decision that expands liberty, and takes rights away from no one – it does not force anyone to perform a "gay wedding," let alone to have one, nor does it diminish the rights of heterosexual couples by one iota (other than the "right" to feel superior and special) – is being criticized as "tyrannical" and "oppressive" and compared to Nazism. The hysteria and victimology of conservative Christians is astounding, breathtaking in its scope. Only reactionary bigots could believe that expanding liberty = tyranny, or that not having their narrow minded prejudices ratified in law, and not being allowed to define morality for everyone else was equal to being oppressed. They can continue to believe as they wish, practice their beliefs as they wish. Nothing in this decision changes that. But they will not be able to impose their religious view of marriage on a non-theocratic society any longer. They will not be allowed the special privilege of hegemony . . . a privilege to which they were never entitled.

See also the previous Wild Reed post:
Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Across the Nation

Related Off-site Links:
Same-Sex Marriage is a Right, Supreme Court Rules, 5-4 – Adam Liptak (The New York Times, June 26, 2015).
Gay Marriage Declared Legal Across the US in Historic Supreme Court Ruling – Dan Roberts and Sabrina Siddiqui (The Guardian, June 26, 2015).
New Ways Ministry and U.S. Catholics Rejoice at Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision – Francis D. DeBernardo (Bondings 2.0, June 26, 2015).
A New Right Grounded in the Long History of Marriage – David M. Perry (The Atlantic, June 26, 2015).
What Should the U.S. Bishops Do Now That All 50 States Will Have Marriage Equality? – Francis DeBernardo (Crux, June 26, 2015).
Catholic Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage: Everything from "a Win for Love" to "a Tragic Error" – Vinnie Rotondaro (National Catholic Reporter, June 26, 2015).
'Satan Dancing With Delight': The Religious Right Reacts to the Legalization of Gay Marriage – Kyle Mantyla (, June 26, 2015).

UPDATE: Questions for Archbishop Kurtz re. the U.S. Bishops' Response to the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling – The Editorial Board (The Progressive Catholic Voice, June 27, 2015).

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