On Same-Sex Marriage, God’s Judgment is … Where, Exactly?
For years, right-wing preachers and political pundits like Stephen Bennett, Harold Camping, Graham Dow, John Hagee, Yehuda Levin, John Piper, Pat Robertson, Maurice Mills, Ken Crow, Michael Oard, and Ken Ham have insisted that God uses hurricanes and other weather disasters as tools of divine judgment against homosexual sin.
Just this week, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage must be legally allowed across the entire United States.
We’re in hurricane season right now.
Where are the hurricanes? Well, here’s a report from the Delaware County Daily Times of Pennyslvania:
“It’s part of the upward arc of what Martin Luther King called the long arc of history,” said D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills for Montgomery County who made history two years ago when he issued the state’s first same-sex marriage licenses to Loreen Bloodgood and Alicia Terlizzi of Limerick.
The speed with which this political and cultural sea change has surprised even her.
“I knew the winds of change were blowing in our direction, but it has been like hurricane-force winds changing everything,” Bloodgood said. “Just think, it was not even two years ago now that the Supreme Court ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act and Bruce Hanes decided he would start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and now its the law of the land.”
Did you hear that? Hurricane-force winds! There’s been a hurricane! In Pennsylvania! And… oh, wait, there’s more.
“And Bloodgood said experience has proven that same sex marriage is not the cultural disaster its critics claim.
“It’s been about 10 years now I think since Massachusetts started by legalizing same sex marriage and the world hasn’t fallen apart. In fact, after 92 years, the Red Sox finally won the World Series so if you’re looking for signs, that might be one.” Bloodgood said.
Oh, it was one of those metaphors. No hurricane in Pennsylvania. Well, looking on, here’s another report of an anti-gay hurricane judgment of doom at LocalMemphis.com:
“Any day now, the United States Supreme Court could make a decision on whether same-sex marriage will become legal across the country.
One of the plaintiffs in the case is a same-sex couple who lives in Memphis, but got married in New York.
They are fighting to have their marriage recognized here.
Ikpe Dekoe and Thom Kostura began their battle to have their marriage legally recognized in Tennessee in November of 2013. Now the couple is coming into the homestretch, waiting for the nation’s highest court to make a decision.
“It’s been a long process. We have been at this for almost two years now. We are pretty much at the center of a very big hurricane,” DeKoe said.”
“At the center of a very big hurricane!” A gay couple! In Memphis, Tennessee! But wait again…
“While waiting for this decision, this moment is beyond them.
“We will probably be very busy answering our phones and calling all our friends and then we will be getting in touch with our friends who we know their marriage has been recognized and their marriage has been validated. Congratulating them,” DeKoe said.”
Curses, another metaphor. No hurricane in Memphis.
As a matter of fact, if we check the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center reporting page, we see something that might be surprising to the fundamentalist weather forecasters:
There’s a bit of storm activity around Cuba, but Cuba is one of the diminishing number of countries where marriage is banned.
Why, it’s almost as if God is… is… very happy.