The Associated Press reports that the states of Texas and Mississippi are refusing to process the claims of same-sex married couples, as a matter of state values:
The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won’t issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.
Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency predicts a wave of hurricanes will hit those states that permit same-sex marriages to occur:
“The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world but He could punish particular areas with a flood, and if we look at the same-gender marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that certainly is a message for us to learn. We have to learn that the Lord does watch what we do and if we don’t shape up He will deliver divine justice.”
Leiter is the latest in a long list of right-wing religious figures to declare that almighty God uses hurricanes to judge community values and to punish the values God most disagrees with.
Anti-gay fervor is nothing new in Texas and Mississippi; bigotry against same-sex couples is a longstanding feature of these states’ moral codes, a feature shared with the rest of the deep South. How has God felt about that?