Friday, April 03, 2009

Another Iowan Discovers Secularism

In addition to refueling the joke-tellers of the northern Great Plains for years to come, the absurd decision of the Iowa Supreme Court striking down the state's statute defining marriage as a state between one man and one woman provides at once both a striking example of advocacy adjudication in the text of the decision, which verges both on the maudlin in its treatment of the plaintiffs' case and their "committed relationships and the morally obtuse in its bland denial of the obvious centrality of the mother-father partnership to the upbringing of children, and also a textbook case of judicial supremacy resulting in the complete evacuation of any semblance of democratic input on issues our secularist ruling classes have decided for themselves.

The falsehoods shot through this decision are legion; Philo-Junius will spend some time refuting them in turn, but will begin with an enumeration of the more glaring:

"Almost every professional group that has studied the issue indicates children are not harmed when raised by same-sex couples, but to the contrary, benefit from them."

"The legislature, in carrying out its constitutional role to make public policy decisions, enacted a law that effectively excludes gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage."

"Thus, the right of a gay or lesbian person under the marriage statute to enter into a civil marriage only with a person of the opposite sex is no right at all. Under such a law, gay or lesbian individuals cannot simultaneously fulfill their deeply felt need for a committed personal relationship, as influenced by their sexual orientation, and gain the civil status and attendant benefits granted by the statute."

The mind reels at the bald mendacity of this reasoning. The "deeply felt need for a committed personal relationship, as influenced by their sexual orientation" has been by this ruling made the essential, defining element of marriage, overwhelming all state or social interests.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another bigoted Republican - too bad we are family....some day you will look back with shame on your reasoning and pig-headedness.

Yes, I'm one of your family members. You'll never know I'm gay.

Maybe I will disclose who I am when you decide to re-join he human race...for now, you are living in the land of egomania.

Philo-Junius said...

Name calling is no substitute for argument.

I could call you a degenerate narcissist, but that wouldn't get us anywhere further than other name calling, or lying about our supposed relationship, would it?

Brian said...

You might want to get your facts straight anonymous commenter.

There's not much chance that anyone reading my profile on LinkedIn is related to Philo. And for what it's worth, neither of us has relatives where you are.

Thanks for stopping by and tossing in irrelevancies, however.

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