The Judge Roy Moores of the world are running out of options to fight the advance of marriage equality, and it shows. The last week has seen a flurry of desperate attempts to undo equality, all of which are doomed to almost-certain defeat.
In Arkansas, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore may once again face consequences for his defiance of federal law. The Human Rights Campaign has gathered 30,000 signatures on a petition calling for an investigation into Moore's antigay rhetoric and strange interpretations of the law. HRC has requested that Moore turn over phone and email records, accusing him of potentially collaborating with anti-equality groups.
In Texas, top state officials have all spoken out against a lesbian couple that obtained a marriage license last week. Attorney General Ken Paxton has insisted that the license is void — but it's unclear if he actually has the authority to invalidate the license, particularly since that the license was ordered by a judge.
And at the federal level, Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp introduced a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. Of course, this had a low chance of actually passing when it was first introduced over a decade ago, and its chance of passing has decreased every year since then.
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