On Sunday, during the “Face the Nation,” while Tony Perkins was getting annihilated by David Boies, the right-winger did manage to eek out that there would be a resolution introduced in the House condemning the Prop. 8 decision. And, there was.
Yes, even as public opinion continues to move in the direction of support for marriage equality, House GOPers were on their usual homophobic warpath.
Chris Johnson has the details on H.Res 1607:
The introduction of the non-binding measure is one of the most prominent moves against the ruling from Republicans, whose response has largely been muted, or in some cases supportive of the decision.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is sponsoring the resolution, H. Res. 1607. The measure is pending before the House Judiciary Committee.
The resolution offers findings faulting U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision for engaging in improper conduct during his consideration of the case. It says Walker “failed to conduct himself in an impartial manner” and “attempted to illegally broadcast the trial in disregard of the harassment such broadcast would invite on witnesses supporting Proposition 8.”
This thing won’t go anywhere. But, it does expose the caucus of the true, unwavering homophobes in the U.S. House. Here’s the full list of co-sponsors. It’s really a conglomeration of some of the worst of the worst right-wingers in the House:
Aderholt [AL-4], Akin [MO-2], Bachmann [MN-6], Bachus [AL-6], Chaffetz [UT-3], Fleming [LA-4], Franks [AZ-2], Gingrey [GA-11], Hoekstra [MI-2], Jones [NC-3], Jordan [OH-4], King [IA-5], Lamborn [CO-5], Latta [OH-5], Marchant[TX-24], Pitts [PA-16], Sensenbrenner [WI-5]
If the Republicans take control of the House in November, Rep. Lamar Smith will be the chair of the Judiciary Committee. That’s one very good reason why we need to help our friends and allies in the House win in November.
And, does anyone actually think (besides all the gay staffers working for the Homophobe caucus) that this crowd really likes and cares for “gay people”? That’s what Rep. Smith said:
“Those who support traditional marriage recognize that gay people can be loyal friends, dedicated community leaders, and beloved sons and daughters,” he said.
“And those with religious objections to same-sex marriage distinguish between the conduct, which they consider inappropriate, and the person, whom they may cherish and appreciate.”
I don’t want to be cherished and appreciated by people who think I’m not their equal. And, I sure don’t want people like that running the U.S. House.
If marriages do actually start taking place in California after the stay finally is lifted on August 18th, these members will have whipped themselves into a homophobic frenzy by the time Congress returns in September.