Well, you voted for him, Iowa. One of America’s most out of touch citizens just voted as one of America’s ruling elites to stop Congress from enshrining the right for a certain group of Americans to marry who they wish. Most Americans think that being able to marry the person you love would be a very basic human right. Apparently Chuck Grassley doesn’t agree.
According to the Des Moines Register Grassley said this:
“My vote against this bill is not about opposing the recognition of same-sex or interracial marriages; it’s about defending the religious liberty enshrined in our founding documents,” Grassley said. “This legislation is simply unnecessary.”
The Register doesn’t go in to Grassley’s “defending religious liberty” statement. It must be noted that even the extremely right wing Mormon Church made a statement in favor of the bill that would enshrine gay and interracial marriage:
Nov 15 (Reuters) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said on Tuesday it supports proposed federal legislation intended to protect gay-marriage rights, as long as it also protects the right of religious groups to believe such unions are against God’s word.
The Utah-based church said in a statement posted on its website its doctrine related to marriage – that God commanded it be between a man and a woman – would remain unchanged.
But the church said it would support the legislation after a bipartisan group of senators negotiated an amendment to the version passed by the U.S. House in July. The change states that the bill would have no impact on religious liberties protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Specifically, the Senate version states no church can face a civil lawsuit or other legal action for refusing to provide any service or access to its facilities for any marriage it opposes.
Grassley also claimed that there is no reason for Congress to enshrine the right for these groups to marry in law. Could be that old, out of touch Chuck missed the little kerfuffle caused in the early summer when the Supreme Court overturned “settled law” and overturned Roe v. Wade. In his opinion , Justice Clarence Thomas clearly stated the Court should set its eyes on overturning similar cases, including cases that protected same-sex marriage:
The U.S. House passed a similar bill in July, spurred by the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade. In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested the court reconsider other settled cases, including the precedent protecting same-sex marriages.
Although no case exists on the Supreme Court docket challenging marriage rights, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said there is “urgency” to codify marriage rights into law.
“Millions of Americans — our family members, our neighbors, our congressional staff members and certainly our constituents — are scared,” Baldwin, a Democrat, said on the Senate floor, “scared that the rights they rely on to protect their families could be taken away.”
So here we go. Six more years of the way out of touch Grassley imposing his religious views on the country. I don’t know about you, but old Chuck has certainly violated my religious freedom with this vote. But he don’t care. Imposing their religious views on Americans is a long time Republican tradition. Just ask Clarence Thomas, who wants to impose a bunch of his religious views on Americans.
It seems that just like women’s health, extreme Republicans like Grassley are more than willing to stick their noses into our personal business and make their religious views into law. And just like women’s health, Chuck Grassley has set the US Supreme Court up to overturn rights of Americans to impose their religious views.
Once again Iowans are more than happy to give up their rights to a powerful person who will take away rights from their perceived enemies. Grassley, much like his current mentor Trump, is fusing his personal prejudices with what he believes is good for the country.