“In the Civil War, some 600,000 people died in a country that was much less populated than that today, and it was a much more religious country,” the lawmaker said. “I think a lot of people who died fighting in that war felt they died fighting for a religious cause — you know, ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and all that.”
As former slave states debate whether to remove the Confederate battle flag from government buildings, Grothman said Union troops would find the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling “particularly offensive” to their religious beliefs.
“I think it would shock those people who died in that war to find out the constitutional amendment which was ratified kind of as a culmination of their great efforts and their great deaths would be, 150 years later, a little less than 150 years later, used by these five robed, arrogant, robed people to take this constitutional amendment and say that that constitutional amendment that was drafted after the Civil War was in fact an amendment designed to say that same-sex marriage had to be legal,” Grothman said.
Using similar logic, we should have kept slavery, because do you know how many people combined fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, and were slaveholders and we're disrespecting them by not engaging in their "peculiar institution"? I have no numbers on that idea, I'm just saying, it's stupid and what he's saying is stupid. Keep in mind that both slavery and segregation were preached from the pulpit time out of mind. We got a little better about the whole race thing. I really don't think we need to look back at the armed defenders of slavery to justify people who are a little bit flipping out over LGBT rights at the moment, actually, he basically kind of proved why time might prove the marriage equality side right.
And don't get me started on all the closeted and open gays who have fought in wars for this country who are totally disrespected by this argument. Really? Queer people can fight and bleed and die for this country, but you want to dismiss their ability to form loving relationships and families?
Thanks for playing, Glenn.