A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of “segregation” that the Constitution cannot abide.
...Paul V. Niemeyer dissented and called the ruling “fundamentally flawed.”
“It fails to take into account that the ‘marriage’ that has long been recognized by the Supreme Court as a fundamental right is distinct from the newly proposed relationship of a ‘same-sex marriage,’ ” he wrote.
Niemeyer said the case was not analogous to Loving, which held that race could not be the basis of a marriage restriction. “To stretch Loving’s holding to say that the right to marry is not limited by gender and sexual orientation is to ignore the inextricable, biological link between marriage and procreation that the Supreme Court has always recognized,” he wrote.
“Virginia’s laws have always rightly reflected the true and complementary nature of marriage,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia. “It’s unfortunate that the court rejected the right of Virginians to define marriage consistent with their concern with what’s best for children and society as a whole.”
“Marriage has survived for countless generations because it uniquely benefits the common good by recognizing the union of two different but complementary individuals — that is a man and a woman — who, by their union, may create a family,” Bishops Paul S. Loverde of Arlington and Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond said in a joint statement.
All of that barely scratches the surface as to why same-sex marriage is an error. Society is being degraded for all ethnic groups. Decisions are being made based upon false propaganda spearheaded by homosexuals who've both hidden and downplayed the negatives inherent in homosexuality, which negatives are not inherent in heterosexuality and are not the result of homosexuals not being accepted or affirmed or the like.
Let me also add that contrary to the view of some who sit on the US Supreme Court, animus is irrelevant. The question is whether homosex is healthy or not. Whether anyone who thinks it is not healthy is also hostile has nothing to do with the legal question. Whether anyone who furthered a law against homosexual marriage or for heterosexual marriage only was, or is, also hostile is completely irrelevant.
We found that for those participants who were induced to experience feelings of power, their brains showed virtually no resonance with the actions of others; conversely, for those participants who were induced to experience feelings of powerlessness, their brains resonated quite a bit. In short, the brains of powerful people did not mirror the actions of other people. And when we analyzed the text of the participants’ essays, using established techniques for coding and measuring themes, we found that the more power that people expressed, the less their brains resonated. Power, it appears, changes how the brain itself responds to others.
Does this mean that the powerful are heartless beings incapable of empathy? Hardly. Recall that we induced power in our participants randomly. This sort of manipulation cannot fundamentally change empathic capability. So the bad news is that the powerful are, by default and at a neurological level, simply not motivated to care. But the good news is that they are, in theory, redeemable.
Ilan Pappe: I think the most important thing is the historical context. When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into Israel by the Hamas. And two very basic historical kind of backgrounds are being missed. The very immediate one goes back to June this year, when Israel decided, by force, to try and demolish the Hamas politically in the West Bank and foil the attempts of the unity government of Palestine to push forward an international campaign to bring Israel to justice on the basis of the agenda of human rights and civil rights.
And the deeper historical context is the fact that ever since 2005, the Gaza Strip is being—or people in the Gaza Strip are being incarcerated as criminals, and their only crime is that they are Palestinians in a geopolitical location that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with. And when they elected democratically someone who was vowed to struggle against this ghettoizing or this siege, Israel reacted with all its force. So, this sort of wider historical context, that would explain to people that it is a desperate attempt to get out of the situation that your previous interviewee was talking about, is at the heart of the issue, and therefore it is soluble. One can solve this situation by lifting the siege, by allowing the people of Gaza to be connected with their brothers and sisters in the West Bank, and by allowing them to be connected to the world and not to live under circumstances that no one else in the world seems to experience at this moment in time.
So, does the US government stand with or against racist, Apartheid states? I am an American, and I stand firmly, openly, and completely against them. Where do you stand, with or against Zionist/Israeli Apartheid?
I know you won't bury it. You are in my prayers Tom!
Hi Tom, It was my eyes! I did not see the "click here"
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