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AFA: Impeach Holder!

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that the federal government would recognize all same-sex marriages legally performed regardless of where the couple lives after getting married. The American Family Association is demanding his impeachment and weirdly seems to think it has something to do with states’ rights.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, this week, has again overstepped the boundaries of the law when he arbitrarily ordered that homosexual couples will now receive government benefits reserved only for natural marriage status. This applies even in states that have laws defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Taking a nod from the playbook of his boss, President Barack Obama, Holder wielded his own pen and paper, trampling on states’ rights and disenfranchising voters in states defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

It is time for Eric Holder to go!

It is the sworn duty of every member of Congress to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Allowing Eric Holder to remain in office unchallenged is a violation of that duty. Action must be taken to stop the abuse of power in the attorney general’s office.

No, not so much. It doesn’t have anything even vaguely to do with states’ rights (which is a nonsense phrase, by the way). It doesn’t affect anything at all at the state level. It affects only federal recognition. It also has nothing to do with disenfranchising voters. The voters in a state cannot deny federal benefits to someone within that state, for crying out loud. Lies, lies, lies, all intended to keep that money flowing in.

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  1. says

    What is it about Talibangelicals and others on the extreme right that makes them unable to grasp the most basic elements of civics? Even simple concepts like federalism seem to be beyond their meager understanding. And yet, they get bent all out of shape if you point out their willful ignorance.

  2. says

    Impeach this, impeach that…

    A thing that always makes me screech
    Is to find a worm inside my peach,
    But what turns me really blue
    Is to find a worm what’s bit in two.

  3. pocketnerd says

    “States’ Rights”: Socially acceptable dogwhistle for “institutionalized bigotry” since 1861!

  4. John Pieret says

    It is depriving the states of the right to deny people Federal benefits such as to jointly file for bankruptcy, visitation rights in Federal prisons, survivor benefits, such as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and Federal benefits to surviving spouses of public safety officers who suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in the line of duty.

    Next thing you know the Federal government will be telling the states that LGBT people are human beings with actual rights under the Constitution (I hope!).

  5. cptdoom says

    It doesn’t affect anything at all at the state level. It affects only federal recognition. It also has nothing to do with disenfranchising voters.

    Oh, Ed, you’re completely missing the point. It’s the poor voters in those states who, if they work for the federal government, who will have to recognize those couples and provide them with those benefits and their feelings might get hurt. Imagine working in a federal prison, with all those rapists and murderers, and you’re forced to see a gay man visit his spouse – don’t you see how horrifying that spectacle will be?

  6. Thorne says

    There is one way that this ruling could affect the states. In SC, at least, you are required to file your state income tax using the same marital status as your federal. If you file federal as married filing a joint return, you MUST file the same with the state. This effectively forces the state to recognize same sex marriages.

    Not that this is a bad thing, in my view. And I’m sure that NEXT year there would be a change in the law, costing millions of SC taxpayers money, in order to allow the state to retain their bigoted viewpoint. But for this year, at least, I think the state is going to be stuck with having some same sex couples getting marital status on their tax returns. And I hope the legislature chokes on it!

  7. John Pieret says

    There is one way that this ruling could affect the states. In SC, at least, you are required to file your state income tax using the same marital status as your federal. If you file federal as married filing a joint return, you MUST file the same with the state. This effectively forces the state to recognize same sex marriages.

    Many states do the same thing but it doesn’t force states to recognize same sex marriages. It forces them to change their tax laws and spend a lot more on tax enforcement, since they are basically relying on the Feds to do it for them now. It just makes the cost of bigotry higher.

  8. says

    He probably overstepped his duty to the public interest when he decided to let massive crimes on Wall St get a pass, while continuing to focus on small-time dope dealers and stuff like that. And, of course, to whitewash torture and extrajudicial assassination including of US citizens. There are plenty of reasons to be unhappy with Holder.

  9. dugglebogey says

    This is all political posturing to collect the votes of bigots who hate teh gay and fear the fed’l gum’nt.

    Luckily those votes are becoming fewer and fewer. Even my 75-year old in laws have taken a “live-and-let-live” attitude to those rascally homosexuals.It seems like the true gay haters are dying off or are afraid of coming out of their doomsday bunkers long enough to vote.

  10. caseloweraz says

    The AFA: United States Attorney General Eric Holder, this week, has again overstepped the boundaries of the law when he arbitrarily ordered that homosexual couples will now receive government benefits reserved only for natural marriage status.

    Um… the AFA should rethink their use of the phrase “natural marriage status.” To me, that phrase suggests cohabitation without benefit of any law or license — much the way it’s depicted in Quest for Fire.

  11. Thorne says

    @ John Pieret #7:

    It forces them to change their tax laws and spend a lot more on tax enforcement, since they are basically relying on the Feds to do it for them now.

    Yeah, that was my point. They’ll waste taxpayer money, and legislators’ time, to make changes that won’t substantially affect tax income, in order to maintain their bigotry. And if the polls are correct, it will all have to be redone when the voters overturn the state’s position on same-sex marriage and they finally accept it.

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