BY JAMES NIMMO
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s ignorant stand in trying to defy the Department of Defense’s order to allow National Guard legally-married same-gender couples to apply for the same benefits as opposite-gender couples has put the governor’s knickers in a twist. Law-and-order Fallin refuses to abide by the law-and-order U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA].
This Tulsa World story suggests she’s working with Attorney General Scott Pruitt to devise a way to ensure her homo-hating voter-magnet agenda continues to mislead Oklahoma’s citizens about the meaning of civil rights in a constitutional republic.
In short, that means majority voters’ ignorance does not trump the civil rights of the minority. Constitutional rights are not raffle prizes that go to the victors.
There is already plenty of legal precedent that the feds trump the states when it comes to the Guard. Anybody – including Fallin’s spokesperson Alex Weintz and Attorney General Pruitt – ever hear of Eisenhower federalizing the Arkansas Guard to ensure the Little Rock Nine were able to go to Central High School?
Anybody ever read about Kennedy federalizing the Alabama Guard to force Gov. George Wallace to admit two students to the University of Alabama?
Both of those states had laws forbidden integration, yet those laws were overruled by federal court rulings that in turn were based on the federal Constitution.
Fallin and Pruitt have neither the law nor the facts on their side and are pounding the table hoping the noise will distract from the truth.
[If the facts are on your side, Alan Dershowitz says, pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.
Perhaps Fallin, Texas’ Rick Perry, and the other six governors will do the rest of the country a favor and remove themselves from the Union as Perry has toyed with before. But they don’t need to go that far.
They can just remove themselves from the National Guard Armory door.
Give it up, Fallin, go party with another uniform.
– James Nimmo lives in Oklahoma City and is an occasional contributor to The Oklahoma Observer