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Yesterday, at the Supreme Court, the backers of California’s gay-hating piece of crap Proposition 8 (which outlaws marriage between people of the same gender) came up with this ludicrous bit of specious nonsense legal rationale to justify their hatred of gays support of the law: they claim that the only reason to get married is to make babies and raise them. The Supremes (literally) mocked this notion and the audience laughed at Charles Cooper, the poor schlub who had to try to sell the Court on this idea.

Mr. and Mrs. Blunt and Cranky are not on their first marriage: indeed, their children were pretty much grown and had flown the nest by the time they crankily tied the knot. And they cannot have more children (although to be honest, at this time of life, grandbabies are a lot more fun anyway). So, since procreation is the purpose of marriage, this would seem to mean that this marriage between two straight Americans should be illegal according to the Prop 8 Backers.

When pressed by the Justices, Mr. Cooper could not talk his way out the hole he dug with his legal reasoning. Which means that whether you are gay or straight, if you can’t make babies, the backers of California’s Existing Constitutional Law are saying that your marriage is illegal.

Fortunately, the Cranky Fam does not reside in Californ-ai-ay, but in Ohio. Unfortunately, Ohio also has outlawed same-sex marriages, and for all we know, the backers of that law think the same way as the whackadoodles who are backing the Left Coast Law. Which would mean that millions of Americans could wind up getting ripped off by the IRS, Insurance companies, and lawyers; just like gay folk get ripped off right now.

Think you don’t have a dog in the same-sex marriage fight? Think again, Gentle Reader. This type of reasoning, if allowed to stand, could put straight people in the same second-class-citizen status that gay people presently occupy in our nation.

Yes, maybe you should care because of basic human kindness, Christian charity or some such reasoning. This writer does. But let’s say you don’t give two s***s about the Gays, Lesbians, and Transgender individuals who are your fellow citizens: you should at least be aware that after these thinly-disguised Puritans take away the rights of GLBT people, they will take away yours next.

Want your marriage rights protected? Stand up for the marriage rights of others. As Thomas Jefferson said, “If we do not all hang together, we shall all surely hang separately”.

Mr. B & C

As Mr. Blunt and Cranky noted in Monday’s post, there are cases coming up before the Supremes Tuesday and Wednesday regarding “Gay Marriage” (one of the more inane bits of phrasing of the modern era, but ah well). They are being fought on the grounds of human rights, equal protection, Constitutional minutiae, and other such legal-beagle considerations. This writer would like to focus on one ill-reported aspect: taxation.

Inequality of taxation is one reason our nation was founded in the first place (Google “Boston Tea Party” if you’re clueless), and Americans are usually pretty sensitive to any sort of IRS overreach. But somehow, the fact that gay folk get taxed at an absurd rate has flown under the radar, what with all the Culture War B.S. cluttering up the Zeitgeist.

Gay folk cannot file taxes as “married”, even if they legally are. They have to pay taxes that we straights do not (check out Evie Windsor and her 1/3 million-dollar tax bill for just one example). Because of irrational, unconstitutional restrictions, they often have to pay more for taxes on insurance products, financial transactions and a host of other items.

Call this what it is: the Gay Tax. You can’t be taxed for the color of your skin, your gender, your religion, or indeed much of anything but your economic status. But you can be (and will be) taxed for being part of the LGBT community. And that, fellow citizens, is a monstrous, unfair, discriminatory, unconstitutional abuse of power. Indeed, to coin a phrase, it is “taxation without representation”.

Here are some links for those who won’t take some random cranky codger’s word for it: http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2007/12/pdf/domestic_partners.pdf

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2012/04/17/11451/unequal-taxation-and-undue-burdens-for-lgbt-families/

Mr. B & C

The plaintiff in this week’s DOMA (“Defense Of Marriage Act”) case that hits the Supremes this Wednesday had $363,000.00  stolen from her by the government because, and only because, she was gay.  No other reason. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Windsor

You see, Ms. Windsor (an early computer scientist with IBM) and her partner got married legally, and their marriage was recognized by the State of New York. But the Feds don’t recognize such unions, and after her wife died, she was obliged to fork over a third of a million dollars that she would not have had to pay had she been a straight married woman. Think of it as a “Gay Tax”.

If you are a Republican who believes in lower taxes and smaller government, you cannot also support DOMA, because it imposes unjust taxes on certain citizens, and is a result of Big Brother governmental intrusion into our private lives. If you are a Repub, therefore, and  support DOMA, you’re a hateful, hypocritical bigot,

If you are a Christian whose church has tax-empt status  and you  support DOMA, you’re a hateful, hypocritical bigot who is making someone else pay your bills for you. Look up “usury” in the Bible and see what it says.

If you are a Libertarian and  support DOMA, you’re a  hateful, hugely hypocritical bigot.

If you are black and support DOMA, you’re you’re a  hateful, hugely hypocritical bigot who has no memory of anything that happened prior to this century. Read up on the Civil RIghts struggle, slavery, and such.

No matter who you are in our country, this writer is pretty sure you don’t like the idea of Uncle Sam jacking people out of thousands of dollars. Unless, of course, they are part of a group that you don’t like, in which case you’re OK with it.

Which makes you a hateful, hypocritical bigot.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Mr. Blunt and Cranky is a white, straight, monogamous old fart who loves his wife, kids, grandkid, dog, cat, and so on. Pretty much the stereotypical Hallmark Valentine “flavor”, in other words.

Among his friends are gays, straights, Americans, people from other countries and cultures, folks who are polyamorous, all kinds of peeps. Each of them have their own flavor of love. Hallmark may not have a card for them, but their love is as real for them as the
Cranky’s is for us.

So just for today, let’s all agree to love in our own particular flavor, and let everyone else do likewise. With one exception:

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“So,” the Cranky One hears you ask, “what does an actor’s wedding have to do with policy”?. Quite a lot in this case. You see, Jim Nabors is gay, and has been in a relationship for 38 years.

38 years of being denied insurance benefits, access in emergencies, all the basic rights that married straights like this writer take for granted. Full disclosure: Mr. & Mrs. Blunt and Cranky have been married for a far shorter period of time than have Mr. and Mr. Nabors. But we have more legal rights than they have had. How messed up is that?

True to form, the legendary actor did not whine or preach. He just flew to Seattle and got hitched . Why Seattle? Because the smart folks in Washington State legalized equal marriage rights for gay folk. That is where the policy piece comes in.

You see, the Constitution says not one word about gays. So any law that discriminates against them is (you guessed ‘er, Chester) unconstitutional. More and more citizens, states, localities and jurists are acknowledging this simple fact and updating policies to reflect the law.

Bravo to The Nabors, Seattle, and any other people or places that live out the “created equal” phrase in our founding documents.

Mr. B & C

Mr.  Blunt and Cranky is changing it up a bit this week: talking about stupid people instead of liars. And the stupid s***s of the week are the oh-so-trusting gay Repubs called “Log Cabin Republicans”. These deluded fools actually think that the “Republican” party will someday, somehow, perhaps with pookie magic and and witch/warlock assistance, develop a tolerance for homosexual, lesbian, transgendered,  and bisexual citizens. Indeed, they are so out of touch with reality that they are actively working to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two people who really, really hate GLBT folk. A few samples:

“A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves.” (Paul Ryan, Focus on the Family, 10/2/12)

“The things you talk about, like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship, these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or race or creed or color. These are American values, these are universal human values.” (Paul Ryan, Town Hall in Cincinnati, OH, 9/25/12)

Oh, and Romney? He spoke at the gay-hating Liberty University back in May.

Please, Log Cabin Repubs – pull your heads out of your arses and see the reality: these people will take your money and use it to take away every single civil and human right you have. And this writer will point at you and laugh when you bitch about it, because it’ll be partly your fault. Of course, he probably won’t have the opportunity: if there is any justice in this universe, the sensible, reality-based GLBT  community will rip the lot of you limb from limb for what you have helped do to them.

Mr. B & C