Monday, December 30, 2013

On 2013 Bad Endings & 2014 Good Beginnings: Hateful Bitcoin Mayhem and Loving, Awesome Utah (Utah!) Same-Sex Marriage Ruling


This may be my final entry of 2013 since it doesn't look like I'm going to post any additional entries before Wednesday or even possibly late Thursday, with the latter really meaning as late as Friday (Jan. 1st, 2014 and Jan. 2nd/3rd, 2014, respectively).

Anyway, I would like to end 2013 by noting some hateful bad and loving good things at the conclusion of the year ...

First ...

... we hate Bitcoins, which are evil and a source of libertarian / inverted Marxist mayhem in the world. They also have a profound "double spending" problem that cannot be resolved and become little more than a Dogecoin and/or Ponzicoin bubble.

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All cryptocurrencies fall in this category.

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Secondly...

... we love Robert J. Shelby, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah. His 53-page Kitchen v. Herbert ruling (link embedded) on December 20, 2013 is a thing of beauty.

You need to read it.

Excerpts:

In 1966, attorneys for the State of Virginia made the following arguments to the Supreme Court in support of Virginia's law prohibiting interracial marriage: (1) "The Virginia statutes here under attack reflects [sic] a policy which has obtained in this Commonwealth for over two centuries and which still obtains in seventeen states"; (2) "Inasmuch as we have already noted the higher rate of divorce among the intermarried, is it not proper to ask, 'Shall we then add to the number of children who become the victims of their intermarried parents?'"; (3) "[I]ntermarriage constitutes a threat to society"; and (4) "[U]nder the Constitution the regulation and control of marital and family relationships are reserved to the States."

Brief for Respondents at 47-52, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), 1967 WL 113931. These contentions are almost identical to the assertions made by the State of Utah in support of Utah's laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. For the reasons discussed above, the court finds these arguments as unpersuasive as the Supreme Court found them fifty years ago ...


Rather than protecting or supporting the families of opposite-sex couples, Amendment 3 perpetuates inequality by holding that the families and relationships of same-sex couples are not now, nor ever will be, worthy of recognition. Amendment 3 does not thereby elevate the status of opposite-sex marriage; it merely demeans the dignity of same-sex couples.

And while the State cites an interest in protecting traditional marriage, it protects that interest by denying one of the most traditional aspects of marriage to thousands of its citizens: the right to form a family that is strengthened by a partnership based on love, intimacy, and shared responsibilities. The Plaintiffs' desire to publicly declare their vows of commitment and support to each other is a testament to the strength of marriage in society, not a sign that, by opening its doors to all individuals, it is in danger of collapse.


The State of Utah has provided no evidence that opposite-sex marriage will be affected in any way by same-sex marriage. In the absence of such evidence, the State's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State’s refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens. Moreover, the Constitution protects the Plaintiffs' fundamental rights, which include the right to marry and the right to have that marriage recognized by their government. These rights would be meaningless if the Constitution did not also prevent the government from interfering with the intensely personal choices an individual makes when that person decides to make a solemn commitment to another human being. The Constitution therefore protects the choice of one's partner for all citizens, regardless of their sexual identity.

Awesome.

Again, you need to read the ruling.


Yes, I realize this case may very well go to the U.S. Supreme Court -- where anything is possible -- but for now, this is a very good thing.

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Oh, who'da THUNK that you'd see the map of same sex marriage status for the U.S States and Territories look like this. Again, even if only temporary -- just awesome.

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OK, that's all for now. Again, I may not update this blog until 2014. I'm SUPPOSED to go to ZooLights at the National Zoo with Chris H. tomorrow and on Tuesday (New Years Eve), I may go to dinner with DD and his family in Rockville before heading back into the city to Larry's Lounge and/or Nellie's. Thus, no entries are likely until Wednesday.

See you on the other side of the New Year. Happy New Year 2014!

--Regulus

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