This has been a fun month. On May 9th of this year North Carolina passed the Amendment 1 act. This fun bit of whimsy was designed to ban gay marriages. Well, that’s what they said. Much to your surprise, they lied. As it turns out they have limited all spousal and related rights to only heterosexual married couples. That means, children of divorced parents have no rights. Children of single parents have no rights. Non married abused women have severely reduced rights. Gay people? Well, they need to move to Kansas.
You see on May 26th of this year Kansas passed the innocuous sounding Senate Bill 79. Here are the salient sections for any lawyers looking to make a big name for themselves.
Sec. 2. As used in this act, “foreign law,” “legal code” or “system” means any law, legal code or system of a jurisdiction outside of any state or territory of the United States, including, but not limited to, international organizations and tribunals and applied by that jurisdiction’s courts, administrative bodies or other formal or informal tribunals.
Sec. 3. Any court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any foreign law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights and privileges granted under the United States and Kansas constitutions, including, but not limited to, equal protection, due process, free exercise of religion, freedom of speech or press, and any right of privacy or marriage.
For those of you who slept through school, the New Testament section of the Christian Bible (part of the basis for banning gay marriage) was written in Greece and Rome. Mostly Rome. Its original language was Greek and its first translation of value was into Latin and it was used as the basis for numerous onerous laws that led to the social perversions of the Middle Ages. The other half of the Christian Bible, the Old Testament, was written in Aramaic and is the basis for existing laws in Israel. In other words, it is in clear violation of Section 2 above.
And the denial of marriage rights, or any other rights, to gays or anyone else is a clear violation of Section 3. Especially if the denial of those rights is based on any Biblical admonition.
So Kansas, in its attempt to return to the Dark Ages, has just managed to make San Francisco look like Utah.
Oh sure, the illiterate, xenophobic, masses will do everything in their power to stop anyone enlightened enough to use this law for the common good. So what? God knows the ACLU in Kansas hasn’t had much to do lately. This could give them a whole new reason to live.
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