Gay Valentine’s Day

Same-sex marriage ruling welcome sign of future

Staff Editorial

In this season of love, it’s about time that the government got out of regulating it.
Legalized same-sex marriage in Kansas is on the horizon after a federal judge recently decided that marriage ought to be left to the judgment of the people who want to get married, mystifying logic indeed.
Bigots and nitwits nationwide reacted with panic at the ruling on Jan. 14 that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
“Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong,” said Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, in an interview with the local News on 6 channel.
On Feb. 11, Kern’s contemporaries in the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill with the support of Gov. Sam Brownback to, supporters say, “protect liberty” in the event that Kansas’ ban on gay marriage is invalidated.
It allows any idiot with “religious conviction” to foster hatred and discrimination in just about all walks of life. It’s a desperate move back to the wrong side of history and it is surely set for the same fate as the current ban.
In conjunction with a similar ruling in Utah, the Oklahoma case now falls to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, with jurisdiction over Kansas. A ruling may come by the end of this year.
On Feb. 12, another federal judge ruled in Kentucky that the state’s refusal to recognize homosexual marriage is unconstitutional.
“It is clear that Kentucky’s laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them,” said Judge John G. Heyburn II in his ruling. He’s right on the money.
While the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in, the 10th Circuit has the authority to affirm the Oklahoma and Utah rulings for good, everywhere in its purview. We hope it does so quickly.
For years, opponents of same-sex marriages have gone to great lengths to frighten voters into backing questionable bans on freedom of choice.
They’ve demonized same-sex couples, claiming that their private choices can somehow damage the whole concept of love and matrimony.
They’ve ridiculously used sexuality to block good people from adopting children who must otherwise stand by as wards of the state.
They’ve passed legislation and other measures to deny equal treatment under the law, a principle that has stood as part of our national foundation for centuries.
They’ve made it hard for loving couples to properly care for one another, subjecting them to extra taxation, undue scrutiny and public humiliation.
They’ve fostered hate for no reason other than to justify their own ref usal to regard their fellow human beings with proper respect and dignity.
Yet, all of these acts have steadily betrayed their hand and alienated more and more of the public consciousness away from their cause.
More important, they have robbed it of any justification that will stand in court. It’s really just a matter of time before the 17 states that are on the right side of history are joined by 33 more.

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