Tuesday, October 7, 2014

So Tonight In Idaho.......

...the entire state is trying to figure out how time-consuming hobbies amongst heterosexual couples have been caused by gay people, or at least by gay marriage.  Because that, as it turns out, is one of the arguments our governor tried to use in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to persuade them to allow Idaho's same-sex marriage ban to stand.  I don't think one is allowed to call someone an idiot in a legal ruling, but they came pretty close in a (for attorneys) rather humorous ruling striking down Idaho's ban today:

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"[Governor Otter] also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will
lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital
affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming
hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle
down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs,and rock-and-roll."

This is not a political blog, nor do I want to turn this into a place to debate anything political, but I did think my fellow crafters would appreciate the humor--especially since it comes from a man who spent much of HIS free time out at bars drinking and racked up a DUI while Lieutenant Governor, which seems to have been the catalyst for his first wife to ask for an annulment.  And as Idahoans, we are no strangers to providing the nation with political humor.  Remember Larry Craig?  Not only is he from Idaho, he's from my home town.  There would have been a "home of" sign, but the town only has 150 people and doesn't have an actual public men's room anywhere, so we didn't have anywhere to hang it.  So, we're sort of used to the ridiculous, but apparently we can still be shocked.  With hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, ski resorts, wilderness, golf courses, trails, bike paths, wineries, and horses on any lots bigger than half an acre, everyone in the entire state has a time-consuming hobby.  Except, apparently, our governor.  And not a single one of us knew it was because of same-sex marriage, which wasn't legal until today.  But I guess we really, really, REALLY know how to plan ahead here. Guess I need to go turn on the music, grab a glass of wine, and hit the knitting!

3 comments:

bittenbyknittin said...

When Indiana made its case against gay marriage, the judges ridiculed the arguments. Idiocy is not confined to Idaho. ;-)

kayT said...

Thanks for starting my day with a grin. I love the notion that you'd have a sign for Larry Craig if only there were a mens' room to put it in!

RobinH said...

LOL! What Kay said.