No Exemptions

It seems Republican state senators in Iowa are trying to get County Recorders to not issue same-sex marriage licenses. They’re trying to craft some religious exemption for those whose religion preaches to subjugate gays and offering all sorts of excuses for not complying with the law. Calls are being put out to Recorders to try and find anyone to engage in some civil disobedience and refuse to perform their duties.

Victoria Hutton of the Iowa Dept. of Public Health issued an email to all State Recorders in which she said…

“The [Varnum] decision expressly strikes from Iowa Code chapter 595 the language which limits civil marriage to a man and a woman and orders that ‘the remaining statutory language must be interpreted and applied in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.

All county recorders in the state of Iowa are required to comply with the Varnum decision (following issuance of procedendo from the Supreme Court) and to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in the same manner as licenses issued to opposite gender applicants.”

I am sick and tired of religious exemptions, and I’m beyond tired of it being a religious right to hate, subjugate and harm others. When is this kind of nonsense going to end? Well hopefully the Recorders follow this advice from O’Brien County Recorder Kurt Brown…

“It doesn’t matter how I feel. I just have to do as I’m directed to”


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11 Responses to “No Exemptions”

  1. Hear, hear!I hope if any clerk refuses to issue a license, that he or she is immediately sacked in a very public way. That should do the trick. One thing about religiosos – they, by nature, don't like to step out of line. Nice little Nazis.

  2. Well, that is petty.

  3. I’m just sick of this thumbing of the nose at the Constitution, and thumbing the nose at the law. Fuckheads!

  4. It will be interesting to see if anyone is stupid enough to put his or her job on the line by refusing to issue a license.

  5. The religious right has never had a hard time finding people (sheeple?) willing to put other peoples money on the line to break the law. The Disco Institute keeps telling school districts that teaching ID is perfectly legal; then the school district gets stuck with the legal bill. Some Christian will, no doubt, refuse to do his or her job, get reprimanded or fired, and start suing. Of course, the person’s lawsuit will be funded by some anti-human rights organization. The state of Iowa (actually, the taxpayers of Iowa) will be stuck with the legal bills. I am beginning to think that the religious right’s goal in cases like this, and Dover, is to make such a monetary and legal nuisance of themselves that the rest of us just give up and say, “Screw it. Too Expensive to fight. Let them have their way. It is cheaper.” Luckily, I don’t see that happening. Well, not too often, anyway.

  6. When someone starts forcing pastors to marry gays, then they can bitch about their religious rights (so-called) being infringed. But just like Catholics have to watch thrice-divorced folks remarry, and Christians have to watch Buddhists or Muslims or Jews marry (and vice versa, of course), and bigots have to watch inter-racial couples marry in civil law, these people have to shut up and do the same.

  7. I’m not sure if gays mate for life or not.

  8. QF:

    Given current divorce rates, one may wonder the same thing about straights. :-)

  9. I think it’s scrambling by the conservative politicos that makes the people on the fence about letting everyone have their civil rights, lean a little closer to the left. Just like screaming, red-faced preachers scare the fish away from Evangelism, so their political counterparts do with this petty, unconstitutional, discriminatory bullshit.

    I hope the the religious–ahem–right keep opening their big, fat, hypocritical mouths. At the rate they’re losing states, they just might win the day not only for marriage-minded gays, but for everyone who sees or is finally seeing the wisdom of complete separation of church and state.

  10. Yo, PhillyNoWilly…

    I have no problem with gays ‘marrying’ (if that’s what they want to call it) or, being recognized as legitimate couples entitled to benefits (the REAL motive, many times!) currently reserved for Heterosexual couples… by SECULAR authority! See, I wrote off secularism a long time ago, as being the fruit basket it is. I’m with Vita-Babe… church and state should be LIGHT-YEARS apart!

    Also, The Ridger said something about Christians bitching about having to marry gays… they TRIED that, here, in Canada – forcing ministers to marry against their convictions. See, here in Canada, we have an ESPECIALLY militant LGBT group of retards, and they’re simply not satisfied with just getting certain privileges from the “fundies”, they gotta rub their noses in it, too! That’s when I get my nose outta joint!

    Not that I’m a fundie, because some of them would like to see me crucified, too, but I support freedom for all, even if it results in them being lost eternally, if that’s what they want. My fundie counterparts, however, believe that force is justified in converting the infidels. It’s all in their “best interests”, don’t you know?

    If gays want to bugger themselves silly, I’m cool with that. Just don’t try to get me to ‘marry’ (Yecch!) them, or otherwise approve, because it won’t happen, and you can clap me in irons if you want, but, nothing will change.

  11. Perhaps there should be a “just because you believe it doesn’t make it so” sticker on the Bible.

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