Monday, May 11, 2015

More Anti-Gay Extremism in Texas

As bad as the Virginia GOP has become, its members look sane and rational compared to the batshit crazy insanity that is now the norm within the Texas GOP.  Leading the charge into La La Land is fat tub of lard state Rep. Cecil Bell (pictured above) who I suspect will sooner or latter be either caught soliciting gay sex or molesting minors.  As I have observed numerous times, NO ONE is so obsessed with gays and gay sex unless they have very serious sexual identity issues of their own that they are desperately trying to hide and/or suppress.  The Texas Observer looks at the bills which seeks to force Texas officials to ignore federal court rulings and basically violate the U.S. Constitution.  Here are excerpts:
The future of the battle over gay marriage in Texas—and possibly in other states—is likely to be determined by the House of Representatives in the next 72 hours, according to LGBT advocates.

House Bill 4105, by Rep. Cecil Bell (R-Magnolia), which is designed to undermine a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, is scheduled for a floor vote Tuesday.

Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, said if HB 4105 passes the House, it’s very likely to clear the more conservative Senate before being signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. There were 204 bills ahead of HB 4105 on the House calendar, and the deadline for it to pass the chamber is midnight Thursday.

HB 4105 is one of more than 20 anti-LGBT bills introduced in the 84th Legislature, believed to be the most in the history of any state. However, with time running out in the session, only four have cleared committee, and of those LGBT advocates view HB 4105 as the most significant threat to equality.

The bill would bar state and local employees from issuing, enforcing or recognizing same-sex marriage licenses—and prohibit public monies from being used to do so—regardless of any court order.

LGBT advocates say if the high court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, HB 4105 would set up a showdown between state and federal law, costing Texas millions of dollars in litigation and potentially delaying the effectiveness of the decision by years. They say the bill would unleash chaos similar to what’s been seen in Alabama over same-sex marriage, and generate the type of business backlash associated with passage of an anti-LGBT religious freedom law in Indiana.

Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director at the ACLU of Texas, said HB 4105 is designed to give Texas another legal basis for challenging same-sex marriage in court: state sovereignty. And she said it could be used as a model by other states for resisting the Supreme Court ruling.

“The last time that we saw similar efforts to undermine court rulings about what the Constitution requires was when Southern states attempted to use the power of the purse to avoid having to comply with federal court orders ordering school desegregation,” Robertson said. “Those tactics were rejected, but obviously it took years of litigation to get to that point. HB 4105 is trying to do the same kind of end run around the Constitution.”
Note the parallels to racists' efforts to defy desegregation orders of the federal courts.  Candidly, I hope a federal judge will hold some of these GOP legislators in contempt of court at some point and lock their asses in jail.  Meanwhile, as frightening as these bills are, I can think of something even more frightening: the image of Cecil Bell naked! . . . Waiting, I 'm running for my barf bag!!

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