Gay Marriage

Delaware Becomes 11th State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

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I couldn't think of anything funny to say about Delaware

It took this long for the state that's home to Rehoboth Beach (the mid-Atlantic's Key West!) to approve same-sex marriage? It seems so. Delaware has followed fast on the heels of Rhode Island to recognize gay couples who bind themselves into holy matrimony. BuzzFeed reports:

The Delaware Senate passed a marriage equality bill Tuesday on a 12-9 vote, following the House's passage of the bill in late April.

Speaking in favor of the bill before the vote, Sen. Bryan Townsend said, "I hope we begin to treat as equals all those who wish to announce their love and commitment to the world."

Gov. Jack Markell will sign the bill, making Delaware the 11th state to recognize same-sex couples' marriage rights. The bill will go into effect on July 1, and all civil unions not converted to marriages or dissolved by July 1, 2014, will be automatically converted into marriages.

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  1. And they say America is sliding into tyranny every day.

  2. Our long national nightmare is finally over.

  3. And it pays off the national debt, rolls back the welfare state, and corrects the Feds monetary policy. The nightmare is indeed over. Is there anything Delaware can’t do?

  4. Let’s take a poll among the Reason commentariat: at what milestone can we stop giving a shit about gay marriage? And by “stop giving a shit”, I mean punch people who call it the “civil rights issue of our time” right in the cock and never speak of the issue again.

    I vote 20th state that recognizes gay marriage.

    1. I vote Texas or Wyoming passes a marriage equality lawr.

      1. If I were a Texan lawmaker, I’d have a lot of fun trolling both sides of the debate by passing a general gay rights bill giving recognizing gay marriages — along with confirming their right to firearms, economic freedoms, and just about anything else that would raise the neckhairs of your average Berkeley hippie.

        1. “If I were a Texan lawmaker, I’d have a lot of fun trolling both sides of the debate by passing a general gay rights bill giving recognizing gay marriages — along with confirming their right to firearms, economic freedoms, and just about anything else that would raise the neckhairs of your average Berkeley hippie.”*claping* Superior trolling, good show.

      2. “Marriage equality” between heterosexual state-sanctioned relationships and homosexual state-sanctioned relationships, maybe. Everyone else, from the polyamorous to the forever-alone, will remain unequal.

    2. Remember how RvW solved abortion forever and no one ever brought it up again?

      Nothing will shut up the hysterics on both side of the issue.

      1. True, but at least abortion is actually an issue with some import:

        If you’re pro-choice, then restrictions on abortion are government restrictions on a woman’s freedom and lifestyle for the better part of a year for no good reason.

        If you’re pro-life, then abortion is the ending of an intrinsically human life.

        Both are worth bitching about.

        The bureaucratic annoyances of a small part of the population, and the incessant bitching about it from both sides, really is a bunch of bullshit. Working in a federal office and attending a fairly fundamentalist church has exposed me to more of the self-important drivel from both sides than any human should have to endure.

        1. *ahem*

          Nothing will shut up the hysterics on both side of the issue.

          1. 2 by 4 plywood works pretty well in my experience, heh.

            1. What is 2 by 4 plywood?

      2. I’d say that the aftermath of Loving v. Virginia rebuts this point. Organized legal opposition to interracial marriage evaporated within a few years and no one who wants to have any chance of being elected to public office at the national level would dare suggest passing a constitutional amendment to override that decision.

      3. “Nothing will shut up the hysterics on both side of the issue.” If you ask me, the only hysterics are the ones against same-sex marriage. I feel the same way about people against civilians owning fire-arms.

    3. I vote for about 5 years ago.

  5. I don’t hold animosity to same-sex couples, I have animosity for those who wish to announce their love and commitment to the world.

    1. I thought you held animosity for tribbles.

      1. Nothing in my comment contradicts that.

        1. So you do admit to being a Klingon spy!

          (play funny trombone music as tribbles pour over FoE)

          1. In the gritty Michael Bay reboot and expansion of that episode, the playful trombone music will be replaced by a Linkin Park song.

            Also, the part of FoE will be played by Cintia Dicker.

            1. Well, at least Michael Bay knows how to cast hot chicks, so all of that is plausible. Also, all the tribbles will be replaced with Transformers and Spock will be played by Rafael the Ninja Turtle.

              1. Hey, that actually sounds pretty good. Not quite on the level of having Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis save us from an asteroid, but you take what you can get.

                1. Ben Affleck will have a cameo as The Traveler. Bay is going to cross-pollinate the different series as well. Because that’s how he rolls.

                  1. SAMANTHA FOX AS KATHRYN JANEWAY.

                    1. Don’t be ridiculous, FoE…wait, that’s brilliant. And Traci Lords as Beverly Crusher! It’s all coming together now!

                    2. This is great; now we just need to shove Shia Lebouff in there somewhere and we’ve got a movie!

                    3. He’s obviously Wesley, but this is starting to get a little TNG-heavy.

              2. “Well, at least Michael Bay knows how to cast hot chicks,” If only he knew how to cast chicks who could act.

    2. So outlaw all marriage? I can get behind that.

      1. Should have done that at least 2 1/2 years ago.

      2. For the record, I want all wedding ceremonies done away with, but not necessarily marriage. (I don’t really care about the latter on way or another, gay or straight.) So stop calling me a homophobe.

        1. For the record, I want all wedding ceremonies done away with, but not necessarily marriage.

          What if I call depraved orgies with prostitutes ‘wedding ceremonies?’

          Can I keep having those?

        2. The ceremony and reception?

          I mean, where else can you get grandma to dance to Gangnam Style?

  6. Slightly OT:

    My cousin posted this on her FB page, probably because she’s one of the people the A&F guy doesn’t want shopping in his stores.

    http://elitedaily.com/news/wor…..at-chicks/

    1. Fat people can be gay too, it’s ok.

      They can marry in Delaware now as well.

      Just keep them the fuck out of Mike Jeffries sight.

    2. Plus-sized clothing has it’s uses. For example, I traumatized my wife out of shopping at Old Navy by repeatedly showing her that the pants she was looking to buy also came in a size 26. As a result, I never have to go to Old Navy and she doesn’t buy their shitty clothes any longer. Win-Win.

      1. NutraSweet shops for himself at Lane Bryant.

        1. The shoulderpads de-emphasize my Santa-like gut.

          1. “What size is this mumu supposed to be? I can’t read Roman numerals, especially this many!”

            1. “Well, sir, many of our clients find pants confining, so we offer a range of alternatives for the ample gentleman: ponchos, muumuus, capes, jumpsuits, unisheets, muslim body rolls, academic and judicial robes –”

              “I don’t want to look like a weirdo. I’ll just go with a muumuu.”

    3. That warms my bitter conservative-libertarian heart, it does.

      1. I know right? I like how the guy is unapologetically pro “beautiful people” because that’s what earns him the most money.

        1. Plus, this is what the guy looks like. As the article points out, it’s possible that this is the only way he will ever be around beautiful people.

          1. The fact that this guy looks like that makes it even better somehow.

          2. I thought that was just the writer taking a cheap shot. “you don’t like fat chicks? well you’re ugly!”

            1. Wow. I made the mistake of glancing through some of the comments there.

    4. Most of the comments on that page express standard left-wing outrage, but this one is pretty funny. I highlighted my favorite parts.

      I’m SICK of listening to those obese women (not chubby cute, I mean FAT ACTIVIST “YOU HAVE TWO YEARS TO LIVE” MORBIDLY OBESE!) saying Marilyn Monroe is their role model because she was a size this or a size that and she was a plus-size woman.

      What?!?

      Who the f**k cares? I don’t care what size Marilyn Monroe (or Scarlett Johanson or Kate Upton) are. They look good. They have curves! Fat activists who are all about “real women have real curves” are usually ONE big curve.

      Not to mention all the insults I heard in my life directed at petite girls by disgusting fat women: “Anorexic”, “You’re going to throw up that meal?” and other cruel stuff like that. Good on the CEO to not cater to gluttonous hamplanets! Fuck them and their “i can’t lose weight cuz muh genetics!”. Fuck you and your genetics. Eat less, exercise more and you will lose weight.

      Yeah! Fuck you and your genetics. The fact that this comment had over 100 likes tells me that there are at least some fun, heartless bastards left out there.

      1. I really love “hamplanets” the most.

      2. 1. Hilarious. 2. Women are vicious. 3.hamplanets!

      3. hamplanets was awesome

      4. Ha! Jo?o Pedro… spoken like a true Brazilian…

    5. I think this guy’s plan has backfired here in pittsburgh.

      Most of the people wearing that shit around here are chubby college fux. Of course, they don’t care that their rolls are flopping out of the side of their jeans because their clothes are too small for their bloated bodies. Maybe if A n F sold that shit in cheeseburger sizes I wouldn’t associate his clothing with such displays.

      Besides they used to sell awesome shit like orvis.

  7. recognize gay couples who bind themselves into holy matrimony.

    *falling on the floor laughing*

    1. I love that you’re a bizarre homophobe in addition to all your other moral failings.

      1. I just think it is kinda funny for gays to call it “holy matrimony.” Think about it, it is the state that is
        “binding them into holy matrimony,” because no one else is willing to do it. And libert

        1. Actually, that’s a decent point. It’s legal matrimony they’re being bound into. Holy matrimony depends on the religion.

      2. And calling my views “moral failings” in a thread dedicated to sodomites? You can’t make this stuff up.

        1. Why do you hate gays, American? Because it’s yet another group of humans that won’t have sex with you?

          1. No humans will have sex with him, so it has to be another reason. Maybe he’s retarded?

          2. It’s kinda funny, libertarians making strawmans about someone else never getting laid.

            1. What do you think getting laid is? I assume you think it’s when you plop your malformed genitals on the hindquarters of a nice Bates shorthorn after whispering sweet nothings in its ear and lubing up with bacon grease.

              Because if that’s what you mean by getting laid, then yes, I’ve never done that.

              1. Go shove whisky up your ass you dirty Irish sodomite.

                1. Such nasty language for such an upright and moral person.

                  tsktsk

                2. Go shove whisky up your ass you dirty Irish sodomite.

                  I thought I never get laid. Now I get laid often enough to be a sodomite?

                  Man, my sex life sure got awesome in the ten minutes between your posts.

                  1. That’s what constitutes “getting laid” to you? How many words do you people have to redefine before you arrive at your utopia?

                    1. In what world is anal not considered getting laid?

                    2. Where in California exactly do you live?

                    3. I live in a nice little town called Gomorrah, California. It’s pretty nice, except that you can’t go fifteen feet without seeing some sort of abomination before the eyes of God.

                      Just the way I like it.

                    4. Not in San Francisco. If you’re implying that you have to be gay to enjoy anal, then I’d just like to inform you that you’re incorrect and may be missing out on a pleasurable experience

                    5. I have to agree with Calidissident here. I had a girlfriend who introduced me to anal sex. She absolutely loved getting fucked in the ass and came ridiculously hard every single time. It was a lot of fun to partake in. I loved watching her every single time.

                      I say this as a 100% straight man.

                    6. I know American’s faith won’t allow him to actually look shit up, but here you go. A brief explanation on why (some) women like anal sex.

                      The majority of women (70?80%) require direct clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm. The clitoris is composed of more than the externally visible glans (head). With its glans or body as a whole estimated to have around 8,000 sensory nerve endings, more than any other part of the human body, the clitoris surrounds the vagina somewhat like a horseshoe and surrounds the urethra and anus as well; the vagina is flanked on each side by the clitoral crura, the internal “legs” of the clitoris, which are highly sensitive and become engorged with blood when sexually aroused. In addition to nerve endings present within the anus and rectum, women may find anal stimulation pleasurable due to these “legs” extending along the vaginal lips (labia minora) back to the anus. Indirect stimulation of the clitoris through anal penetration may also be caused by the shared sensory nerves; especially the pudendal nerve, which gives off the inferior rectal nerves and divides into two terminal branches: the perineal nerve and the dorsal nerve of the clitoris.

        2. What’s immoral about sodomy?

          1. Well, something that fun and pleasurable must be immoral, amirite?

            1. “fun and pleasurable”

              So you’re one of them people I see.

  8. This sanctification of a deadly perversion that reproduces by pederasty and pedophilia:

    Leviticus 20:13
    King James Version

    “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

    “There’s no need to fear. Underzog is here!”

    “Gays are sexual Marxists.”

    Don Feder

    1. Goddamn, it’s like the troll Olympics down here.

      1. When it comes to UnderSchmuck, it’s more like the Special Olympics.

        1. Where is the Jewish Defense League marching song or whatever the hell it’s called?

          1. Look below.

    2. I’m sure that whatever it is that you’re doing to that piano in your youtube videos would be considered a deadly perversion to most of the population.

        1. Get out of my head!

        2. Not that the jewish al-queda would use that fat piece of shit as one of its terrorists. Hell, tubby couldn’t even get in the band.

        3. Awesome comment:

          I’m ashamed to be Jewish now thanks to you T_T

    3. Damn, do people really quote Leviticus? Seriously, it’s the most embarrassing thing ever written, and that’s including the Twilight books.

      1. Alright let’s not say things we can’t take back……

        1. Hasn’t Stephanie Meyer sold more books than God yet?

  9. They say that we(non-amoral folk) won’t be forced to do anything because of homosexual marriage, that our rights won’t be violated. This is nothing but a bald-faced lie. A major point of homosexual marriage is to force private businesses and insurance companies to treat them “equally.” How do libertarians defend this?

    1. We don’t, that’s how.

  10. “Gay activists are sexual Marxists. Legitimizing same-sex unions as a warm-up act. Ultimately they want to eliminate any barriers, and signposts, that limit or channel the exercise of human sexuality”

    Don Feder

    “We shall sodomize your sons….”

    From “The Gay Revolutionary,” quoted on the Senate floor

    “There’s no need to fear. Underzog is here!”

    1. The main problem that cosmos simply do not understand is that our species did not evolve into this environment. We evolved into a different environment. Our evolutionary environment w

    2. Yep. The gays are all just hiding in the corner waiting for the opportunity to rape little boys. Of course that’s it.

      1. That wasn’t exactly the point, but good strawman there.

        1. Threaded comments, how do they work!?

        2. Strawman? Underzog literally believes that gays will rape little boys. It’s not a strawman when he actually said it.

          This sanctification of a deadly perversion that reproduces by pederasty and pedophilia:

          So how is it a strawman when Underzog claimed gay people rape little boys and Cali called him out for claiming that gay people rape little boys?

    3. To be fair, I’d definitely agree with the first statement to some degree if it were worded less hyperbolically and with the stipulation that it applies only to activists: your average person of any sexual orientation could give three shits about “cultural Marxism” but there’s plenty of overlap between gay activists and deconstructionists, as well as with pedos (just calling ’em as I see ’em).

      Not a good reason to deny anyone their rights, but there are some real pieces of work in that crowd.

  11. About time they said “recognize” instead of “legalize.” Words fucking matter.

    1. American and Underzog. That’s some mighty fine company you are keeping.

      1. Weak guilt by association tactic is weak.

      2. I interpreted sarc’s remark as being about the fact that you don’t need the government to give you “permission” to be married.

        1. I interpreted it by everything else he has said on the subject.

  12. I noticed the religious exemption language in the bill –

    “Section 8. Religious Freedom. Nothing in this Act is intended to, nor shall this Act be construed in a manner that would, violate any person’s rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or ??1, 2 or 5 of Article I of the Constitution of this State, including protected rights of freedom of religion thereunder. Nothing in this Act shall interfere with or regulate the religious practice of any religious society. Any religious society is free to choose which marriages it will solemnize.”

    Recall that the country’s most famous Delawarean (Biden) thinks that the *HHS mandate* is perfectly consistent with the First Amendment, so this clause isn’t very reassuring.

    Nothing about secular for-profit businesses, of course.

    1. Link to the statute:

      http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/……html?open

  13. SOunds like someone out there knows what the deal is.

    http://www.GotDatAnon.tk

  14. Delaware has followed fast on the heels of Rhode Island to recognize gay couples who bind themselves into holy matrimony

    An Oxymoron if ever there was one.

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