From The Wall Street Journal:
Utah’s Marriage Battles and the Ghost of Brigham Young
The federal micromanaging of who can wed has a long, ironic history.
By Seth Lipsky | January 17, 2014 7:05 p.m. ET
The last time Utah got into a dustup with the United States government over legal questions regarding marriage, federal troops were involved. This time phalanxes of lawyers are doing the fighting, with the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage at issue. But history holds an astonishing twist that could present the appeals courts with a dilemma.
The latest case involves the Dec. 20 decision of a U.S. district judge overturning Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 2,000 Utahans promptly plighted their troth to persons of the same sex. On Jan. 6, the Supreme Court, at the state’s request, issued a stay. Gov. Gary Herbert then announced that Utah would refrain from recognizing the same-sex marriages that were licensed, only to have Attorney General Eric Holder announce that the federal government would recognize them.
In 1857, Utah’s marital spat with Washington was over polygamy. This too-little-studied episode in American history, known as the “Utah War,” was also called ” Buchanan’s Blunder.” It wasn’t only about marriage; general lawlessness in the territory was also a concern. But alarm in Washington was inflamed by reports of “plural marriages”—polygamy—among the Mormons who were settling the Utah territory.
President James Buchanan named a new, non-Mormon governor, Alfred Cumming, for the territory and sent an army of 2,500 men to back him up. The ousted governor, the Mormon leader Brigham Young, didn’t get the word officially and called up the famous Nauvoo Legion, a militia originally organized at Nauvoo, Ill., by the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.
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One wonders just how the Obama Administration can simply “recognize” those same-sex “marriages” performed in the period during which the approving courts refused to stay their decisions, even though they knew that their decisions would be appealed. Those judges were attempting to create law by creating same sex couples who wer (supposedly) legally married during the period it would take the case to get to the Supreme Court. They were, in effect, creating a class of harmed people.
As we have noted previously, the entire push for same-sex “marriage” has not been one for hospital visitation rights or certain financial advantages, issues which could have been addressed with the various civil unions or domestic partnerships laws, but one which required the word “marriage,” to say that homosexual relationships are just as good, just as wholesome, just as normal, as heterosexual ones. I called same-sex “marriage” a fait accompli in two articles on the older site.
I have started to notice a trend toward normalizing homosexual relationships in places in the media where you wouldn’t expect it. Comedies such as Will and Grace depicted homosexual males, and some humor was had at their expense — and at everybody else’s expense as well — and The Big Bang Theory had a lot of fun with homosexual innuendo between Howard and Rajesh, during the days in which both were portrayed as absolutely pathetic losers in the heterosexual dating game,1 before Howard got married and Raj may have gotten together with Lucy.2 My wife’s favorite soap opera, Days Of Our Lives, has a male homosexual couple as a current plot device, and it’s treated as no big thing.
But where I’m really noticing it is on the (supposed) reality television on HGTV, the Home and Garden network. We watch that channel a lot, and, in fact, it’s the channel to which our television is set to open when we turn on the cable box. HGTV has shows like House Hunters, Property Brothers and Hawaii Life, shows which feature people, almost always couples, looking for homes, and recently I’ve noticed a significant number of these shows in which the couple was a homosexual one, something occurring on these shows with a lot more frequency than in real life. From The Atlantic, the employer of homosexual activist Andrew Sullivan, and certainly not a right wing site:
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, a gay and lesbian think tank, released a study in April 2011 estimating based on its research that just 1.7 percent of Americans between 18 and 44 identify as gay or lesbian, while another 1.8 percent — predominantly women — identify as bisexual. Far from underestimating the ranks of gay people because of homophobia, these figures included a substantial number of people who remained deeply closeted, such as a quarter of the bisexuals. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of women between 22 and 44 that questioned more than 13,500 respondents between 2006 and 2008 found very similar numbers: Only 1 percent of the women identified themselves as gay, while 4 percent identified as bisexual.
The Atlantic article itself concerned just how few homosexuals there are in the population vis a vis Americans’ perceptions of how many there are. When slightly more than half of the public think that a fifth or more of the population is homosexual, you know that the population have been seriously propagandized . . . and the entertainment media are leading the way in pushing that.
If I watch ten episodes of some house hunting or renovation show during the week, I should, at best, see one episode featuring a same sex couple once every other week. I haven’t been keeping a diary of this, but I guarantee that the frequency is significantly greater than that. Someone is pushing the idea of depicting committed homosexual couples as both common and normal.
- I’m somewhat surprised that I haven’t heard a bunch of flack from the homosexual community that homosexuality is being treated with disrespect on the show. Such may have occurred, but, if so, I haven’t heard about it. ↩
- There are all sorts of internet sites speculating on whether Raj and Lucy actually become a couple, or whether Sheldon and Amy ever sleep together. I like the show, but some of these sites seem as though the fans think that it’s real. ↩