Roy Moore’s Hate Group Celebrates Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Texas Same-Sex Spousal Benefits Case

The decision came near a month ago but Roy Moore and his wife were too busy defending pedophilia allegations to react.

Via press release:

The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based nonprofit corporation, applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a decision of the Texas Supreme Court not to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples.

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker unilaterally decided to extend spousal benefits to spouses of Houston city employees even though Texas law prohibits such benefits. Taxpayers Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks sued the City, saying their tax dollars were being used illegally for this purpose. The Foundation for Moral Law joined with the Texas-based Institute for Creation Research to file an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court in support of Pidgeon and Hicks.

After the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Pidgeon and Hicks, the City of Houston petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for review. Earlier this month, the High Court denied their petition, thus allowing the Texas Supreme Court decision to stand.

Foundation President Kayla Moore welcomed the High Court’s decision, saying “The brief prepared by the Foundation and the Institute for Creation Research laid the ground work for a sound Texas Supreme Court decision that correctly refused to stretch the Constitution farther than it has already been stretched. The Texas decision is a victory for traditional marriage and for strict construction of the Constitution. We are thankful the U.S. Supreme Court has let the decision stand.”

Foundation Attorney Matthew Clark added, “The City of Houston tried to subvert the Constitution and Texas law by extending the Obergefell same-sex marriage decision beyond its limits. The Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Institute for Creation Research to resist judicial activism and preserve jurisprudence of original intent.”

Observers believe SCOTUS rejected the appeal because the issue has not been conclusively ruled upon by the lower courts. Houston continues to offer spousal benefits while the case continues in the Texas courts.

  • gaycuckhubby

    What an idiot. And a grifter. The Supreme Court did nothing what he said. They did not rule against gay marriage in any way, and they did not stop any benefits from going to any married couple in any parts of the United States.

    • Chucktech

      What I don’t understand, though, is in Joe’s heading, he says “Observers believe SCOTUS rejected the appeal because the issue has not been conclusively ruled upon by the lower courts.” So what lower court in Texas would overrule the Texas Supreme Court?

      • gaycuckhubby

        The Texas Supreme Court did not rule on the case itself, they just provided some clarification and they send it back to the lower court in Houston. And then It got appealed to the Supreme Court, so the Supreme Court of the United States has send it back to the original Court in Houston.

        • Chucktech

          OK, thank you!

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I take heart that we are closer to an age without gods than we are to another Inquisition or a worldwide caliphate.

    • Chucktech

      Perhaps, but we’re still a long way from that.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Agreed. I’m a double Aquarius so I take comfort in a long view. A long long long view. It’s comfort but it’s cold.

  • Sam_Handwich

    This case has confused me right along. Is the basis of the suit that Parker didn’t have authority to extend benefits?

    • gaycuckhubby

      Kind of. Which makes no sense because now marriage is legal and those benefits are required. Honestly I think this is why the court didn’t touch it they wanted to go back to the lower court and for them to deal with it.

    • netxtown

      their argument is that the SCOTUS decision did not include spousal benefits, and because they were not specifically included – they must be excluded. It’s Texas..it makes no sense….

      • olandp

        Texas jurisprudence was once explained to me as, whoever has the most money wins. Isn’t it great that GWB brought that to the country at large?

        • netxtown

          well it ain’t like they could base it on brains in Texas!

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Exactly. Texas will give serious thought to kicking in doors and taking children under the same reasoning. Would not be a bit surprised.

      • Ninja0980

        They ruled that way because their bigoted backers made it clear they either rule against us or face primary challenges in the next election.

    • GayOldLady

      I believe the TX State Supreme Court found that State law says that same gender couples are not eligible for benefits and formally ruled that way in June 2017

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Yes. Their argument is that you have a legal right to marriage but you don’t have any right to spousal benefits. They believe employers can provide benefits at will to some employees and not to others based on unprotected criteria.

        • GayOldLady

          Of course they can argue that, but they can’t win that. If they win that it means the State can arbitrarily choose winners and losers based on factors that have nothing to do with the employees legal status. We’ll give the blondes health insurance, but not the brunettes. Their only argument is based on religious belief and the State cannot use religious belief to pick who gets benefits and who does not. The only thing they can do is stop offering benefit packages to spouses.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Absolutely. It’s a failing argument for sure. Uncertain if this is just them being obstructive dicks or stalling in anticipation of eminent theocracy.

          • GayOldLady

            or both.

        • The problem with that is that the Court was quite clear in the Obergefell decision that same-sex couples have a right to marriage under “the same terms and conditions” as opposite-sex couples. I.e., if you’re going to offer spousal benefits, you must offer them to all married couples.

      • lymis

        Problem is that that ruling is correct. But it’s being misapplied.

        Marriage doesn’t automatically carry any rights to benefits. The state could presumably deny all state benefits to everyone.

        The thing is, they have to apply that decision to everyone. They can’t say that straight couples get them but gay couples don’t any more than they can say that white couples get them but black couples don’t.

        • Chucktech

          “They can’t say that straight couples get them but gay couples don’t…”

          But isn’t that exactly what they’re doing?

    • Chris Baker

      I thought that the case bubbled up through the courts after DOMA was struck down, but before Obergefell had been decided. Meanwhile, Obergefell was decided and SSM became legal and the Texas Supreme Court wanted to send it back to the lower court, to be reviewed under the Obergefell ruling, but it was appealed to the US Supreme Court which, apparently, just threw it back to the Texas courts to be reviewed again under the current interpretation of law brought about by Obergefell.

      (Maybe I am a bit wrong on those facts?) But in any case, the case has been sent back to the lower courts.

      Maybe this will clear things up a bit: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/lgbt/2017/12/04/us-supreme-court-stand-texas-decision-exclude-gay-couples-spousal-benefits

  • Todd20036

    It never ceases to amaze me how consistently religious people espouse hatred and ignorance so thoroughly.

    It’s as if they thrive on evil and despair, made worse by the fact that they NEVER see themselves as evil.

    If there is an after-life, I thoroughly believe that their heaven is our hell, and vice versa.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      That could be right, a better version of the afterlife than has been traditionally proposed. 🙂

      A feast with the gods? That would get boring after a while.
      A long time religious service? Oh, dear lord. NO.
      A plane of dead souls wandering about, thinking only about their own lives? Yecch

      100 years of life can be too long for a human. Would you really want to exist forever?

      • jerry

        An endless circuit party, changing themes, lots of sex, and no one ever gets tired?

    • Uncle Mark

      I have always thought that if heaven & hell existed, these self-righteous a-holes will find that themselves in a heaven/hell, where those they persecuted get preferential treatment and they are forced to co-exist with those they have tormented, but no longer have control/influence over them. (Their guilt, envy and/or hatred make it a hell for them.).

      So many of them seem to delight in the thought of being able to see others burn in hell from their expected heavenly perch. It has long been my understanding that those truly happy with their existence, don’t wish to watch others suffer. I doubt that those, who can only thrive by persecuting/judging others, can ever be happy.

      • Todd20036

        Well look at Trump himself.

        All the money in the world, more power than most people on the planet, and he cannot even smile, merely smirk.

        And that’s when he isn’t having temper tantrums and demanding accolades.

        He looks so miserable, that you couldn’t pay me 10x what Trump is worth for me to switch places with him

        • Uncle Mark

          Exactly, it’s obvious there’s no love in his life. The man is hell-bent on his campaign of unending vengeance against his enemies and Obama. People, who are happy in their lives don’t require constant flattery, nor care about crushing enemies. Usually, people who are happy in their lives often seek to share the happiness with others, not take it away. The man is a pathetic, empty shell…filled with insecurities, hatred and anger…who will never ever be happy

        • JackFknTwist

          And I think that what you say is because Trump/turd has the biggest inferiority complex, he actually knows that he has no class, no status, and is not accepted among the cultured class in NY………he only hangs out with fellow money-grubbers.

    • John Ruff

      They’re just domestic terrorists

    • Chris Gardner

      They going to be real surprised when they get to Heaven and Jesus will be like, “hey, guuurrrl!”

    • JackFknTwist

      If you were God, would you allow these nut cases and boring old self-righteous pricks into heaven ?

      I would have thought that the last thing God wants is the unfathomable bores that religious people are.

      • Chucktech

        If I were god I’d grow weary of tedious, fawning obsequiousness.

  • netxtown

    Anything “Roy Moore” is like chewing on upchucked bacon fat…

    • Todd20036

      Actually, that can at least taste good.

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    • Todd20036

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    • Adam Schmidt

      I’m waiting for things to get better. 2016 ended and we were all hating that awful year. Now we’re all hating 2017. I really hope 2018 gets better.

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  • GayOldLady

    No matter where the TX case is now, WE WILL WIN this case. Whether we win it at SCOTUS or at the 5th District Court of Appeals matters little. WE WILL WIN IT! So, go away Roy & Kayla, your time on the stage is over. May you rest in pieces.

    • gaycuckhubby

      The weird thing is, the case is pretty much won. benefits are being granted. And there’s no doubt that they will continue to be. It’s such a weird case

      • GayOldLady

        TX will either give same gender couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples or they will be forced by the Federal Court to withdraw their benefits packages to married heterosexual couples altogether. It will take a few court appearances to get there, but there is no other logical conclusion, Anything else would be Jim Crow, separate but equal.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Exactly. And all of Texas government including the city of Houston wants to extend these benefits, this challenge in court is brought by two anti-gay religious citizens of the city.

    • Robincho

      Requiescant in fragmentis. Perfect for when somebody accidentally feeds them into the wood chipper feet first…

      • GayOldLady

        And I can almost hear a catholic priest singing it.

        • Robincho

          I’m assuming you say “almost” because enunciation suffers when the mouth in question is full of altarboy cock…

          • GayOldLady

            Precisely. 🙂

        • Menergy

          In chanting voice: “I can beat you at a game of dominos…”

          • marshlc

            Heh. I always heard that one as “We can beat the Jews at dominos….” while sketching a cross in the air. Man, nothing like a Catholic school childhood to erase reverence for the Catholic church.

          • Menergy

            I’m so glad you escaped unscathed! 🙂

  • olandp

    A group of compulsive liars join with another group of compulsive liars to lie. Another day in that shining city on a hill, America.

    • jerry

      Like during the Reagan administration, we found out that the “shining city on a hill” was a gated community, and most of don’t make enough to live there.

  • lymis

    As I understand it, the Court didn’t deny review in order to let the ruling stand. They denied review because the ruling isn’t final. Presumably, it could still be appealed once it is.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Absolutely true. Roy Moore is just lying again

    • Ranger One

      Yea, and they are working on the cake-baker bigot case. So it is an ongoing issue.

    • Chucktech

      I don’t understand what ruling isn’t “final.” Texas Supreme Court ruling was final, right? Or are there other cases similar but different enough from this one in lower Texas courts still pending?

  • LovesIrony

    And the world celebrates his defeat

  • John Ruff

    Fucking scumbags

  • Ninja0980

    Not this asshole again.

  • another_steve

    Jesus hates Texas.

    So darlings, why do you still live there? You have, maybe, a problem with the civilized world?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e6ecd2ea708595af1524aefa92a35779b39c436ac7d938c1e8de13d9490a24d.jpg

  • Cuberly Deux

    Well, they refuse to acknowledge the outcome of the election. Why would they acknowledge the imminent reality of a cut and dried case moving through the system?

  • Cuberly Deux

    Oh, btw…by JMG law, any posts re; the Moore’s must include revisiting this gem.

    https://youtu.be/WFYRkzznsc0

    • marshlc

      Oh, that was lovely. Mouth hanging open and everything.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Heh….it’s the very definition of slack jawed.

  • Uncle Mark

    Well, the pedophilic, egocentric grifter still has to make his “morality” org look like it’s doing something, else no one will donate to it, and he & his grifting wife will no longer be able to keep collecting their 6-figure incomes

  • j.martindale

    Celebrating a nothingburger.

  • Gregory B

    Poor Roy, GOD and Democratic Alabama so rejected you!

  • Kevin Andrews

    There is no end to the bigotry from the Christ-O-Fascist state of Tex-ass.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • JCF
    • JCF

      Pedophile Says Whut?

  • Ann Kah

    Aside: what is discus up to? I’m logged off again whenever I go to the next post.