Uncle Tommy Clarence Blows a Gasket on Gay Marraige Decision

26 Jun

Uncle Tommy Clarence didn’t get on the court by being the brightest lightbulb in the pack. He demonstrates it again in his dissent on Gay Marriage equality…

Clarence and Virginia Thomas

Clarence Thomas Has The Weirdest Dissent To The Marriage Equality Case

WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia may have penned the most colorful dissent to Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, but his colleague Clarence Thomas wrote the weirdest.

Thomas, alone among the four dissenting conservative justices, seemed to recognize that the legal reasoning he and his fellow dissenters were bringing to bear on same-sex marriage could also apply to interracial marriage. That’s a problem for Thomas, because only bigots oppose interracial marriage, and he presumably didn’t want his dissent to be seen as window-dressing for hatred. Thomas tried to get around this uncomfortable parallel by arguing that Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that required every state to recognize interracial marriage, wasn’t really about marriage after all. Here’s what he wrote:

Petitioners’ misconception of liberty carries over into their discussion of our precedents identifying a right to marry, not one of which has expanded the concept of “liberty” beyond the concept of negative liberty. Those precedents all involved absolute prohibitions on private actions associated with marriage.Loving v. Virginia, 388 U. S. 1 (1967), for example, involved a couple who was criminally prosecuted for marrying in the District of Columbia and cohabiting in Virginia, id., at 2–3. They were each sentenced to a year of imprisonment, suspended for a term of 25 years on the condition that they not reenter the Commonwealth together during that time.

In other words, Thomas is saying, the Loving decision was actually about letting interracial couples live together without being arrested. And OK, yes, it’s true that Richard and Mildred Loving were criminally prosecuted. But it’s ridiculous to claim that the decision overturning their conviction simply decriminalized interracial cohabitation. Here’s what then-Chief Justice Earl Warren actually wrote in that case:

There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause … The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.

Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence… Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State.

If you’re still not sure whether that decision was about marriage, then consider that it overturned interracial marriage bans in 16 states… kind of like how Friday’s decision overturned same-sex marriage bans in 13 states. Thomas can say whatever he wants, but his reasoning here is hard to defend. (Incidentally, Thomas, who is black, is married to a white woman named Virginia, because you can’t make this stuff up.)…

Clarence continued with:

Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

Arguing that there is no “Dignity” clause in the Constitution. And “Life”, “Liberty” don’t bestow some small measure of happiness and dignity? The basis of slavery was to strip the slaves of their human dignity…thus the better to control them.

Thomas concludes with…

“Today’s decision casts that truth aside. In its haste to reach a desired result, the majority misapplies a clause focused on ‘due process’ to afford substantive rights, disregards the most plausible understanding of the ‘liberty’ protected by that clause, and distorts the principles on which this Nation was founded. Its decision will have inestimable consequences for our Constitution and our society,”



Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Black Conservatives


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5 responses to “Uncle Tommy Clarence Blows a Gasket on Gay Marraige Decision

  1. jazzlover

    June 27, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I had to share this!!!


  2. Constructive Feedback

    June 29, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    I know that you are a bigot, my dear friend, Mr BT.

    Yet you join in with all of your White Progressive friends to Molest the words of Clarence Thomas, counting on the fact that BIGOTRY will trump Reading Comprehension.

    He said that the Slave Master COULD NOT TAKE IT AWAY.

    Even though the Negroes (like you) put forth proud figures like Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman as figures of DIGNITY AND POWER during slavery – when it comes to continuing with this meme versus promoting your progressivism – it is clear that you prefer the legalisms of Ruth Bader Ginsber who has NEVER ruled with the assumption that the NEGRO IS NOT BROKEN.


  3. roderick2012

    June 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    What pisses me off and good is that black conservatives love invoking slavery references when they have nothing, and in doing so trivializing the savagery of the institution.

    Then Clarence Thomas is able to sit next to his wife and shuck and jive due to Loving vs. Virginia but his colleague claims that a right to marry isn’t in the Constitution?

    GFY you self-hating cretin.


    • btx3

      June 29, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      Uncle Tommy has been the racist far right’s boy for a long time. It put him on the Court.


    • Constructive Feedback

      June 30, 2015 at 2:54 PM


      Black Progressive Fundamentalists (Ta-Nehisi Coates, etc) do WORSE.

      Instead of showing Black people the BLACK COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTH that has been built up over the past 50 years of “Voting For Our Salvation” , that serve as the foundation for the development of our people – you love when they tell you about your CONTINUING INJURY DUE TO SLAVERY.

      And you never get around to asking them for your money back.

      Ruth Bader Ginsberg articulates Black inferiority better than any other Black progressive that I know.



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