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Dec 21 2013

Speaking of moot

In May of 2012, the ACLU and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois ban on same-sex marriage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois, the Thomas More Society, representing the defendents, filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed as moot. The response from the ACLU and Lambda Legal was predictably reasonable: they also filed a motion to have the suit dismissed as moot, since there was no longer any problem requiring a remedy. But even though the Thomas More Society was happy with this outcome, their response shows a certain failure to recognize what “moot” really means.

“We’re pleased that the ACLU and Lambda Legal agree with us that their lawsuits are now moot and thus should be dismissed,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society. “Because the concerns of people of faith were ignored by the Illinois General Assembly when it redefined marriage under state law, we now turn our attention to the protection of the religious liberty rights of Illinoisans who object to being forced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies.”

They’re pleased that the ACLU and Lambda Legal will not pursue remedies to a problem that no longer exists, and that means the Society is now free to pursue remedies to a problem that never has existed, does not exist now, and never will exist. Good job, guys.

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  1. 1
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    “being forced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies” = “your bakery has to sell wedding cakes to gay people”

    So what would these people do if a bakery declared it would no longer sell wedding cakes to people getting married at churches that espouse bigotry?

  2. 2
    Owlmirror

    “being forced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies” = “your bakery has to sell wedding cakes to gay people”

    Or: “your photographic studio has to take pictures of gay people marrying each other”

  3. 3
    Randomfactor

    More likely “being forced to hear about same-sex marriages hurts my fee-fees.”

  4. 4
    grumpyoldfart

    In cases like this I’m never sure if the speaker is telling the target audience members what they want to hear, or is the speaker inept.

  5. 5
    Allan Frost

    …being forced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies.

    Why is the ACLU and Lambda Legal forcing the poor Christians to get gay married? That’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

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