(Republican Party News) – The Supreme Court has been sticking it to liberals over the course of the last week.
The nation’s highest court ruled that the Constitution allows individuals to carry a gun to protect themselves and then the court really went for the left’s jugular when they overturned Roe v Wade in a monumental decision on Friday.
However, the SCOTUS’ work in reversing the culture war may have just started.
Just days before the court made these rulings, the Texas Republican Party updated its platform to call for the nullification of the 2015 decision that made same-sex marriage legal across the country.
“We believe the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, overturning the Texas law prohibiting same-sex marriage in Texas, has no basis in the Constitution and should be nullified, the document adopted by Texas Republicans at last weekend’s convention said.
The document went further.
“Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice,” it said. “We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin, and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. No one should be granted special legal status based on their LGBTQ+ identification.”
They weren’t done. The document went on to firmly state the party’s views on gender identity.
“We oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity. For the purpose of attempting to affirm a person age 21 or under if their perception is inconsistent with their biological sex, no medical practitioner or provider may engage in the following practices: Intervene in any way to prevent natural progression of puberty. Administer or provide opposite sex hormones. Perform any surgery on healthy body parts of the underage person.”
The Texas GOP also asserted that anyone who isn’t happy with the gender they were born with can use their own money to pay for whatever medical procedures they wish to have done. It should not be the burden of tax payers.
“We oppose the use of taxpayer funds for any type of medical gender dysphoria treatments or sex change operations and/or treatments. This includes but is not limited to military personnel as well as inmates in federal, state, or local prisons or jails. Inmates must be housed according to their biological sex. No Federal, state, insurance, or probate monies may be allocated for the use of such treatment.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas made an appearance at the GOP’s convention and slammed Disney for featuring a same-sex kiss in its new movie “Lightyear,” which crashed and burned at the box office.
“Like, just leave the kids alone,” Cruz said, according to The Hill. “Consenting adults, you can do what you want to do, but this culture assault is driven by radical leftists who want to tear down America.”
The Texas GOP aren’t the only ones who believe the Supreme Court should take another look at the 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage.
Newsweek reported, Justice Clarence Thomas brought up the topic in a concurring opinion to Friday’s decision that overturned Roe v Wade.
Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”
Griswold v. Connecticut was a 1965 court ruling that claimed that married couples have a right to buy and use contraception without the government getting in the way. The 2003 ruling of Lawrence v. Texas ruled that penalties for sodomy or private sex acts between consenting adults are unconstitutional.
“We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” Thomas wrote.
“After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated,” he wrote.
Thomas dissented in both the Lawrence and Obergefell rulings and has spoken out on the same-sex marriage ruling before.
“It would be one thing if recognition for same-sex marriage had been debated and adopted through the democratic process, with the people deciding not to provide statutory protections for religious liberty under state law,” Thomas wrote in a 2020 opinion cited by Newsweek. “But it is quite another when the Court forces that choice upon society through its creation of atextual constitutional rights and its ungenerous interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause, leaving those with religious objections in the lurch.”
He said that “the Court has created a problem that only it can fix. Until then, Obergefell will continue to have ‘ruinous consequences for religious liberty.’”
The culture war made a massive shift this last week and it looks like the tide might continue to change. We can only hope that other justices sitting on the Supreme Court agree with Thomas.
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