Westboro Baptist Church Files Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Prop 8 Case

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The Westboro Baptist Church has joined those filing amicus briefs in the Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court, Good As You reports , using verses from the Bible as its legal citations.

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“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#1 Jan 30, 2013
OMG!! This is fabulous!! Who better to underscore that Prop H8 was all about religious bigotry and hate than them???

At least it'll give seven of the 9 judges a laugh.(I'm guessing Scalia and Thomas will be all over it...)
Jane Dodo

Hoboken, NJ

#2 Jan 30, 2013
Thanks WBC! You just proved religious animus.
AzAdam

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Jan 30, 2013
This is great. It makes it perfectly clear who SCOTUS is catering to if they deprive gays equal protection of the law.
Sgt Common Sense

Denver, CO

#4 Jan 30, 2013
Does anyone think this will shame the Republicans enough to drop their defense?

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#5 Jan 30, 2013
With friends like this, Prop 8 really doesn't need many enemies.

If the amendment isn't upheld, God is going to strike us down. The Bible and the Constitution, tells us so.

It really is a fascinating read.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#6 Jan 30, 2013
I was just reading an article about how Protect Marriage has been unable to raise the money to cover its legal bills.(Interestingly, it's council Cooper has billed three times as much as the Boies team. Can you say "Pigs at the trough"?) Perhaps WBC can step in to take some of the burden from LDS and RCC.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#7 Jan 30, 2013
nhjeff wrote:
I was just reading an article about how Protect Marriage has been unable to raise the money to cover its legal bills.(Interestingly, it's council Cooper has billed three times as much as the Boies team. Can you say "Pigs at the trough"?) Perhaps WBC can step in to take some of the burden from LDS and RCC.
If that's the case, the well is clearly running dry. In spite of their omnipresence, the WBC really is a pretty much shoe-string operation. Back in 2007, when they were being sued by that Marine's father, the Court put the Church's total net worth at just under $1 million and very little of it in actual cash. If they think getting in bed with the Rev Phelps and his adorable clan is going to solve their money woes, I think they're in for a bit of a shock.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#8 Jan 30, 2013
It is probably more accurately an animus brief, not an amicus brief...
Qwerty26

Lewes, DE

#10 Jan 30, 2013
Wow! What a hoot! Maggie and Fred, sittin' in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Almost worth a trip to D.C. to watch NOM and WBC sharing the animus spotlight.

Here's NOM trying to spin their animus in less-hateful terms, face to face with the WBC loonies who believe the exact same thing as them, but are a little more "in your face" about it.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#11 Jan 30, 2013
eJohn wrote:
OMG!! This is fabulous!! Who better to underscore that Prop H8 was all about religious bigotry and hate than them???
At least it'll give seven of the 9 judges a laugh.(I'm guessing Scalia and Thomas will be all over it...)
INDEED ! I agree.

“Educating the uneducated”

Since: Aug 12

Montreal

#12 Jan 30, 2013
I can't wait for this to happen, they will be the driving force FOR the removal of prop 8 because of their intense position AGAINST the removal of prop 8.
Ah, the irony.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#13 Jan 30, 2013
Sgt Common Sense wrote:
Does anyone think this will shame the Republicans enough to drop their defense?
I doubt it. They don't seem to be ashamed of ANYTHING these days.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#14 Jan 30, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I doubt it. They don't seem to be ashamed of ANYTHING these days.
I think eventually they will change their position and see it as a matter of personal LIBERTY, which they claim they are supporters of.

“SCOTUS will Rule in June for”

Since: Aug 08

MARRIAGE EQUALITY:-)

#15 Jan 30, 2013
Not Yet Equal wrote:
It is probably more accurately an animus brief, not an amicus brief...
I would DEFINITELY agree.......I couldn't get pass the Mother Teresa comment and abortion......I'm sure the rest will provide interesting reading or laughter depending on your outlook........just simply amazing or stupid......take your pick!!!

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#16 Jan 30, 2013
The SCOTUS justices are not going to read this brief anyway.

If you know how SCOTUS works, all the briefs are first read by their law clerks (attorneys who were tops in the law school), and the clerks only forward a select few to the justices.

And when the justices' decisions are written, once again, these are almost always written by their law clerks, who know their justices' views, and then the decisions are forwarded to the justices for thier review, comments, and other such things.

Anyone who believes that the SCOTUS justices read all these briefs themselves, and write their own decsions entirely by themselves does not have a clue as to how SCOTUS operates.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#17 Jan 30, 2013
NorCal Native wrote:
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I would DEFINITELY agree.......I couldn't get pass the Mother Teresa comment and abortion......I'm sure the rest will provide interesting reading or laughter depending on your outlook........just simply amazing or stupid......take your pick!!!
Yes, I started skimming at that point.

What I did find interesting and almost amazing, is that they claim same sex marriages were taking place before Noah, and that of course, is why God sent the flood. Most who use the religious excuse claim there has never been same sex marriage, and here they are saying it was the reason for the flood.

But their assertion of harm relies entirely on their fear and religious belief God does not want it and will punish everyone.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#18 Jan 30, 2013
Rick in Kansas wrote:
<quoted text>If that's the case, the well is clearly running dry. In spite of their omnipresence, the WBC really is a pretty much shoe-string operation. Back in 2007, when they were being sued by that Marine's father, the Court put the Church's total net worth at just under $1 million and very little of it in actual cash. If they think getting in bed with the Rev Phelps and his adorable clan is going to solve their money woes, I think they're in for a bit of a shock.
I doubt Protect Marriage appreciates the help... Not because they disagree with WBC. Because they know how it looks to normal people.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#19 Jan 30, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
The SCOTUS justices are not going to read this brief anyway.
If you know how SCOTUS works, all the briefs are first read by their law clerks (attorneys who were tops in the law school), and the clerks only forward a select few to the justices.
And when the justices' decisions are written, once again, these are almost always written by their law clerks, who know their justices' views, and then the decisions are forwarded to the justices for thier review, comments, and other such things.
Anyone who believes that the SCOTUS justices read all these briefs themselves, and write their own decsions entirely by themselves does not have a clue as to how SCOTUS operates.
Yet all of the briefs are read and the information forwarded to the justices. The short summary here is; this relies entirely on religious belief and interpretation of select bible verses that promise death and destruction if the verses aren't followed as they interpret them. It provides no legal or verifiable governmental interest to justify denial of equal treatment.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#20 Jan 30, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I doubt it. They don't seem to be ashamed of ANYTHING these days.
A month ago, I would certainly have agreed. Recent history, however, suggests that reality is catching up with Republicans. Whatever few adults are left in the Republican Party appear to be taking control. We shall see more.

To wit, Republicans capitulated on tax increases for the wealthy and then on the debt ceiling. Several are now working on immigration reform that they have outright rejected for the last six years.

There have now been several bills passed by the House with the help of a majority of the Democrats and a minority of the Republicans. This is a direct violation of a rule started under Dick Army: No bill can go to the floor without the support of a majority of the Republicans. This rule works only as long as the Speaker plays along, and Boehner has quit playing.

Interestingly, this means that necessary legislation is likely to continue passing with majority of the Democrats and a minority of Republicans. And guess who is really running the House?

“SCOTUS will Rule in June for”

Since: Aug 08

MARRIAGE EQUALITY:-)

#21 Jan 30, 2013
Not Yet Equal wrote:
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Yes, I started skimming at that point.
What I did find interesting and almost amazing, is that they claim same sex marriages were taking place before Noah, and that of course, is why God sent the flood. Most who use the religious excuse claim there has never been same sex marriage, and here they are saying it was the reason for the flood.
But their assertion of harm relies entirely on their fear and religious belief God does not want it and will punish everyone.
Exactly......funny how NOM and FRC are just trying to keep marriage in a traditional sense with animus and WBC comes in and says, no.....we hate'em and there causing all the problems of the world......and now as far back as Noah......amazing!!!

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