Monday, November 29, 2021

If… (Part 1)

There is a lot of discussion on the web about the Supreme Court hearing a case on abortion, many LGBTQ+ people are not interested in the case because it will not affect us. But think again.

Roe v. Wade ruling was based on, “The court held that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.”

In 2003 the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex was legal, “The court in Lawrence v. Texas explicitly held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by the substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.” 

In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges where the court found same-sex marriage was legal, “...the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is protected under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Do you now see why LGBTQ+ people should pay attention? Do you see the common thread?

Each case was based on the Fourteenth Amendment.

If the Supreme Court rules that there is a conflict with the other protections in the Constitution and they overturn Roe v. Wade what is to stop them from unraveling our other protections?

Our rights are like a rope made up of many threads and if you start to unravel one thread all come apart.

This court was picked by evangelical Christians for two things; first to overturn Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.

Do you remember the Martin Niemölle poem,
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Change that to, first they came for the abortionists, then they came for the gays, then came for me.

Be worried, be very worried.

1 comment:

  1. Your words are true, look what happened to 6 million Jewish people because people did not speak up.