The Friday that the Supreme Court passed the law making it illegal to ban same-sex marriage and finally giving everyone their equal civil rights under the law was a huge deal. I am still celebrating, and it has been a couple of weeks.
A lot of people in this agricultural state are celebrating as well, but the state is run mostly by wealthy white farmers, which means the liberal point of view is squashed in our government. Where the money is, that’s where our government is.
Each one of our South Dakota officials- Governor Dennis Daugaard, Rep. Kristi Noem, Rounds, Attorney General Marty Jackley, and John Thune have all expressed their distaste for the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Daugaard said he wishes the state could make their own rules about marriage. Noem and the others said they support “traditional marriage.” Fine. No big deal. But, it is a big deal when these people are the ones making the laws and upholding the laws in this state.
Recently, Marty Jackley is stated as saying that if a county official did not want to give a marriage license because of his/her religious beliefs, then someone else could do it, or the couple could go elsewhere:
Check this out:
“We recognize that religious liberty is a fundamental American value protected by the First Amendment,” the ACLU wrote, “but that liberty has never meant that government officials can rely on their personal religious beliefs to discriminate against citizens seeking vital government services.”
Jackley made the comments last week while discussing the impacts the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court could have on religious liberties. Along with 14 other attorneys general, Jackley sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to protect religious freedoms in light of the ruling.
Jackley said one county employee had asked him hypothetically would happen if someone didn’t feel comfortable issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
“Under that scenario, in the event that another employee would be willing and able to issue that license, it would make a commonsense solution; it wouldn’t violate either the same-sex couple’s rights or an employee’s right to freedom of religion,” he said.
The South Dakota Attorney General doesn’t even want to uphold the civil liberties of the citizens in this state. There are all types of people here, all types of races and religions. But, there is only ONE religion supported by the South Dakota government- Christianity.
LGBT has no one looking out for them here. People who identify as non-Christian have no one looking out for them here. We are on our own unless we band together. The South Dakota officials stand against us instead of representing all of the people who live here.
We are told to leave the state if we want to do something our state doesn’t agree with. Don’t even get my started on medical marijuana. That is an issue for another day. Props to South Dakota Against Prohibition for fighting for the right to make your own choices.
AG Marty Jackley needs to go. If he can’t represent all the people and uphold the law, he doesn’t deserve his position. If county officials can’t do their job, they need to find a new job. Why are Christians so obsessed with lesbian and anal sex, anyway?
We need to stand against these oppressors. We need to be heard! We need to send a message to Noem, Thune, Daugaard, Rounds, and Jackley that they cannot use their religion in government.
These people stand in front of the flag as if they actually represent it. It’s time for them to start serving the people, all of the people… not just the ones they agree with.