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  • Ted Cruz To Introduce Federal Amendment Prohibiting Judges From Overturning Gay Marriage Bans

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says he is planning on introducing an amendment that would prohibit judges from overturning state same-sex marriage bans, as he believes that same-sex marriage isn't protected under the Constitution.

     

    "I'm a constitutionalist. From the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own instead," the 44-year old Texas Tea Party Senator said.

    This is a desperate move on Cruz's part, as same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 states (if you include Friday's Alabama ruling) and the District of Columbia. And this isn't even the first time he's brought it up. After the Supreme Court refused to hear five same-sex marriage cases in October, he released this statement:

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,” Cruz said. “Marriage is a question for the States. That is why I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws."

    And he's following up on his promise, motivated by President Obama's State of the Union speech

    "I've seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil rights now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home," President Obama said. 

    Cruz's threats don't actually have any constitutional bearing, however, as the Supreme Court has already stated that "marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights' of man."

    "While Sen. Cruz claims to be a 'constitutionalist,' he conveniently ignores the fundamental element of the Constitution that guarantees equal protection of the law for all Americans, including LGBT people," spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign Stephen Peters said to The Washington Blade. "Loving and committed same-sex couples deserve the same rights, responsibilities and privileges that come with marriage, and the Supreme Court will hopefully soon affirm this. Sen. Cruz’s defiant efforts to try to stop marriage equality place him not only on the wrong side of history, but in a shameful group of people who deplorably use their influence to repress minorities.” 

    UPDATE: 
    Bobby Jindal Says, 'I Certainly Will Support' A Constitutional Amendment To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

     

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    • commented 2015-01-27 00:54:32 -0500
      Obviously Cruz knows this is a meaningless gesture. But he knows his base. He knows how ignorant they are. He knows how bigoted they are. And he knows how to get them to vote for him. He has every chance to be the next President. To underestimate him would be a huge mistake.

    • commented 2015-01-27 00:31:47 -0500
      Ur not the president so no1 truely cares about his beliefs.

    • commented 2015-01-26 21:44:18 -0500
      So, let me get this straight. Cruz, a self proclaimed constitutionalist, believes that a law is constitutional, therefore he is proposing an amendment to the constitution that will limit the power of one of the branches of the checks and balances system in order to allow the legislative branch more power than the judicial system, the check on the legislative branch? Why don’t we just say that the judicial system is just suggesting what the constitution says rather than what their true function is, interpreting the constitution (What Cruz decided that his branch is suddenly for)

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    • commented 2015-01-26 20:24:38 -0500
      Gregory Peterson… what?!?

    • commented 2015-01-26 20:06:31 -0500
      Because the First Amendment right to petition our government for redress of our grievances should have never been given to minorities?

    • commented 2015-01-26 18:30:30 -0500
      Ahcontraire, that’s just fine because we all know that heterosexuals never engage in anal or oral sex. And now that we have gotren completely of the topjc at hand, let’s get back to it. It is absolutely disgraceful that a man, whose father fought for freedom, and said father fight to deny the freedoms of others because Jesus. They really need to pray about that…

    • commented 2015-01-26 17:26:40 -0500
      AHCONTRAIRE you are an embarrassment. You are one sick puppy. I guess you are just a troll out to piss people off. You are very good at it. Now why don’t you go find a cesspool to bathe in. It. Might clean you up a bit.

    • commented 2015-01-26 17:08:02 -0500
      One more thing…
      Having shown yourself to have a serious reading disability you are not qualified to engage with me.

      Accordingly, this matter s mow closed.

    • commented 2015-01-26 17:03:57 -0500
      Hey AUCONTRAIRE
      For you pretentious dolts who never learned to read, I’ll re:-state using predominantly single syllable words.

      When you think your bond as “cunt-fuck” you can think mine as butt fuck.
      Else, get lost.

      Oh.
      Be sure to tell your wife that you think her to be but a cunt. She how she responds.

      Ooops
      .respond is two sylls.
      Ooops.

    • commented 2015-01-26 16:43:05 -0500
      Hey Docker, For you medical students in toddler speak:

      The orifice where #2 objects are expelled from has a far thinner skin than the orifice where babies come from. The orifice where babies come from also produces secretions to minimize friction and infections during baby making, also known as love making, which is very unlike the previously mentioned orifice.

      That orifice, where #2 objects are expelled from, is meant to have objects pass in one direction only, and pass very infrequently. And certainly not in two directions, in and out. And certainly not at high speed, nor with high repetitions. Yet if this happens, then that ‘thin’ skin has a tendency to tear easily, e.g. micro tears, hence, blood to feces contact, which is a medically dangerous contact.

      And by the way, the orifice where #2 objects are expelled from….was “born that way”, just in case you didn’t know.

    • commented 2015-01-26 13:53:55 -0500
      Sorry Arthur. There is a bunch of mis-information out there.. In truth Rafael Cruz did fight against Fulgencio Batista in 1953. At that time Castro and his brother Raul were imprisoned until 1955. These two Cubans shared an enemy did not fight together. Rafael Cruz was certainly not a Communist. Cruz fled Cuba in 1957, two years before the revolution. His younger sister fought in the counter-revolution and was tortured by the Castro regime.

    • commented 2015-01-26 13:44:19 -0500
      Hey AHCONTRAIRE
      When you are content to define your marriage by how wide you spread your wife’s legs, or or deeply you plow her muff,,then you can define my marriage as “sodomy”.

      Until then, my marriage is holding hands, laughing over the antics of our cars, bickering over the evening’s TV fare, shopping, curling up together with the radio on. It is comforting one another at the death of a parent, a friend, the kittle squirrel that we fed each afternoon it is reassuring one another that we’ll be there for each other, and that we’ll grow old together.

      When you are ready to define your marriage as nothing but pussy-fucking you are welcome to define ours sodomy. Until then, get lost, you ignorant bigot.

    • commented 2015-01-26 13:19:39 -0500
      SODOMY: MEDICALLY DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR?
      Why not have a public dialogue on the medical safety of Sodomy, gay and straight, and ask these two simple medical questions?

      That is, Doesn’t the medical community recommend that you, “Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.”?

      Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it’s OK to “Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?” and that it’s possible to live a perfectly normal life.

      Additionally, the same can be said that there are some in the medical community that now say it’s OK to “Lick the toilet bowl” and that it’s also possible to live a perfectly normal life.

    • commented 2015-01-26 11:44:22 -0500
      I’d be interested in a constitutional amendment to ban Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal.

    • commented 2015-01-26 08:10:26 -0500
      Like his firebrand father (Rafael Cruz and evangelical preacher of hate) who fought with Fidel Castro in a group of teenage boys (Lizza, Ryan (November 19, 2012). “The Party Next Time”. The New Yorker (Condé Nast): 50–57.) many who were gay, and who did not become naturalized as a US Citizen until 2005, Ted (Jr) claims much that is not substantiated. While Ted did serve as an adjunct professor (less than part time and not on the actual faculty) of Constitutional law, his students found little of substance in his lectures, and early on began to declare he was the recipient of the mantel of conservatism that was allegedly worn by Reagan—“who promised no new taxes” but signed legislation raising taxes seven times in his eight years in office.

      His source for his absurd claims, he states, is “found in the bible” but nowhere in that old book is there a commandment to hate others or to cast aspersions or claim any lifestyle wrong, with Jesus rejecting such idiocy (Matthew 7:1). Cruz is more than a fraud. Cruz is a threat to human rights and civil liberties that the radical Christian terrorist groups like Focus on the Family and Southern Baptist preachers hold out as the will of demonic and demented god.

    • commented 2015-01-26 06:34:33 -0500
      I would think they must have learned that LGBTI issues are no longer useful manipulative tools for political vote! They are probably feeling the heat like the conservatives under pope Francis.

    • commented 2015-01-26 04:12:21 -0500
      My getting married to my partner of 17 years, does nothing to hurt this man. Yet he chooses to fight and end it. That takes a very hateful heart to do. What one sows, so shall they reap.

    • commented 2015-01-26 00:22:22 -0500
      His dad was an enemy of Castro. And Ted has actually gone before the US Supreme Court to argue law. I’m from Texas and despise this creep, but it’s best that we understand that this guy is a bona fide threat to the country.

    • commented 2015-01-25 22:52:04 -0500
      This blockhead just doesn’t get it. I am pretty sure he does not know what is required to amend the Constitution. Even if he was able to get such an amendment drafted and advanced (INCREDIBLY unlikely, as it would require a two-thirds majority vote in both the House AND the Senate), THEN a majority of legislatures in 38 of 50 states would have to ratify the thing. Yup. That will happen. And pigs might fly and I might marry Honey Boo Boo.

      News Flash you Neanderthal! The people voting on this would INCLUDE those under 50, (and those in the 9 states who have already voted in favor of equality, AND the 37 that already enjoy it). Lots of them, who think it’s incredible that we are even HAVING this discussion let alone trying to f*ck up the Constitution over it.

      If you listen closely Ted, you can hear bigots weeping. And a fat lady singing. Please take your libretto with you as you depart the opera.

    • commented 2015-01-25 22:16:12 -0500
      The same man who says Colorado’s right to legalized pot it illegal, now says the state bans on marriage is legal….ok, Ted “Ruxpin” Cruz………can’t pick & choose, you know….

    • commented 2015-01-25 20:12:27 -0500
      It’s obvious to me that Ted Cruz ran for office because he needs approval from his evil little followers. Hopefully they will see him for what he really is before the next election.

    • commented 2015-01-25 20:01:10 -0500
      Ted needs to find a different platform to run on #wrongsideofhistory

    • commented 2015-01-25 19:47:29 -0500
      Canadian born Ted Cruz has limited knowledge of the US Constitution and even less understanding of the history of the USA. How he can talk when his father fought with Castro to topple the conservative Battista regime, and then go on to the shores of Florida where he married one woman, went to Canada to marry another and have a child, and claim to be an American is as ludicrous as his non-existent knowledge of the bible he preaches from to spew hate and show the monstrous nature of his tribal god. It is a shame we cannot send back father and son to Cuba.

    • commented 2015-01-25 18:55:19 -0500
      Their desperation is becoming very noticeable, and this is not going to bode well for them in 2016. The more they push back against the rising tide of LGBT rights, the less likely they will ever be a viable party again.

    • commented 2015-01-25 18:12:10 -0500
      what an odious creature.

    • commented 2015-01-25 15:19:45 -0500
      I can’t see an amendment like that coming even close to the 67 votes needed for it to get through the Senate.


    • commented 2015-01-25 15:10:43 -0500
      So very true. A fatal mistake to underestimate the potential of Ted Cruz. It may be an overstatement, but the Nazi in 1930s comes to mind. A fast talking manipulator with a populist message selling hate and fear. BINGO! Scared little ignorant people will show up in droves at the voting box.

    • commented 2015-01-25 14:06:46 -0500
      I agree, Scotty….
      He’s extremely dangerous; and his ballot box appeal is highly under-rated.

      We make a potentially fatal mistake if we discount hm.

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