Our condolences to Sarah Palin, who now may be forced to see something very uncomfortable from her back porch — aside from Russia, that is.
A federal judge has ruled that Alaska’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, enacted in 1998, is (gasp!) unconstitutional. The amendment was the first of its kind, and the beginning of a shameful series of other states following suit in their attempts to stave off what they consider an abomination, and the rest of us consider a human right.
U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess wrote that the relationship between the ban and government interests was “either nonexistent or purely speculative” in his Sunday evening ruling that is sure to set the Wasillabillies into a frenzy.
“Alaska’s same-sex marriage laws are a prime example of how ‘the varying treatment of different groups or persons is so unrelated to the achievement of any combination of legitimate purposes that we can only conclude that the legislature’s actions were irrational,’” Burgess wrote.
“Refusing the rights and responsibilities afforded by legal marriage sends the public a government-sponsored message that same-sex couples and their familial relationships do not warrant the status, benefits, and dignity given to couples of the opposite sex,” the decision read.
While the half-wit half-term former Governor has not weighed in on what must be a very depressing development for her, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell released a statement shortly after the ruling saying that he would waste taxpayer dollars to appeal the ruling.
“As Alaska’s governor, I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution,” Parnell said. “Although the district court today may have been bound by the recent Ninth Circuit panel opinion, the status of that opinion and the law in general in this area is in flux. I will defend our constitution.”
Wouldn’t a better defense of the state constitution be to celebrate a return to a time before bigotry and dogmatic hatred infected the document?