Pandora and the Supreme Court
Before engulfing all of you into what may turn out to be a controversial hub with debate and argument, let me explain who Pandora was for all who were not paying attention in school.
According to Greek Mythology, Pandora was the first woman of human origin created by the gods. It is claimed that each god was a part of creating her. Each god provided her with a unique and special gift.
Zeus had ordered Hephaestus to create Pandora. He used water and earth to do so. At this point:
- Athena adorned her with clothing.
- Aphrodite beautified her.
- Apollo gave her a musical mastery.
- Hermes provided her with speech
- So on and so forth.
While there are many versions of the story of Pandora, the main aspect is that she was given to Epimetheus as a wife. He was brother of Prometheus who stole fire from heaven to give to mankind. Epimetheus was considered foolish, and he allowed Pandora to hold onto the jar that held death and all other evils.
Curiosity overtook Pandora and she slightly opened the jar (which we call a box now). Death and all other evils quickly escaped. Pandora had tried to close the jar, but it was too late.
The Supreme Court
Just recently, the Supreme Court made a decision that has one group of people quite gay (pun is intended) and happy.
Another group of people are horrified at this decision.
And a vast amount of people are plainly apathetic over the whole thing.
So who exactly sits on the Supreme Court with Pandora? These are the Judges and how they voted.
Chief Justice - John G. Roberts Jr.
Chief Justice Roberts was nominated by President George W. Bush and took the seat in 2005. Roberts is a Roman Catholic.
So what was Robert's stance on same sex marriage? He disagreed with it and below is a quote from the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“This court is not a legislature, Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”— Chief Justice John G. Roberts
Judge Scalia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took the seat in 1986. Scalia is a Roman Catholic.
How did Scalia stand on same sex marriage? He gave a very strong disagreement with it. See his fierce quote below.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”— Judge Antonin Scalia
Anthony M. Kennedy
Judge Kennedy was also nominated by President Reagan and took the seat in 1988. Kennedy is also a Roman Catholic.
Did Kennedy agree with same sex marriage? Yes, Kennedy gave into the pressure and voted yes to same sex marriage.
"As the State itself makes marriage all the more precious by the significance it attaches to it, exclusion from that status has the effect of teaching that gays and lesbians are unequal in important respects,"— Judge Anthony M. Kennedy
Judge Thomas was nominated by President Bush and he took the seat in 1991. Thomas is a Roman Catholic.
Did Thomas agree with same sex marriage? Absolutely not.
“This decision will create potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”— Judge Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton. She took the seat in 1993. Ginsburg is of the Jewish faith.
How did Ginsburg vote on same sex marriage? She agreed.
“Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female, that ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down … Would that be a choice that state should [still] be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?”— Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen G. Breyer
Judge Breyer was nominated by President Clinton and he took the seat in 1994. He is of Jewish faith.
It was of no surprise that Judge Breyer agreed with same sex marriage.
"Is religious reason on the part of some people sufficient to exclude gay people from the right to marry."— Judge Stephen G. Breyer
Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Judge Alito was nominated by President George W. Bush and took the seat in 2006. Judge Alito is Roman Catholic.
Did Judge Alito agree with same sex marriage? Heavens no!
“For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate,”— Judge Samuel Alito
Judge Sotomayer was nominated by President Obama and took the seat in 2009. She is also a Roman Catholic.
Did the liberal Judge Sotomayer agree? Of course she agrees with same sex marriage.
"Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits? Or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other decision-making that the government could make -- denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?"— Judge Sonia Sotomayor
The newest member of the Supreme Court, Judge Elena Kagan was nominated by President Obama and took her seat in 2010. Judge Kagan is of the Jewish faith.
So did Judge Kagan agree with same sex marriage? Yes.
"It seems good there will be more children adopted into married relationships."— Judge Elena Kagan
Where Pandora Comes In
While many people may think same sex marriage is no big deal, lets just gander on a few possibilities.
What now is stopping brothers and sisters, aunts and nephews, uncles and nieces, father and daughter or mother and son from being able to marry and procreate?
This was released by Pandora at this court ruling.
It just seems like it should be right now that a man can have multiple wives or a woman multiple husbands.
Pandora's polygamy jar swung wide open.
Cannot a person marry their dog, sheep, hog or goat? Why not???
Hmm, Pandora you let some very evil things free.
If some parents agree that their 3 year old child can wed a 70 year old person, what is stopping them. Pandora and the Supreme Court would now have to agree.
I often say that common sense died in a car crash.
I believe morality has also been declared dead and is being buried.
I know and love many people who claim they are homosexual, but I do not agree with their lifestyle, and I am in total disagreement with this ruling.
It is now time that all who have the power to wed people refuse. Either they disregard the law and face the consequences, or they give in their licenses. It is a stand that believers in a moral world need to take.
Your Turn To Speak
I just know that I am going to hit some nerves with this hub, and I am open to all debate as long as it stays civil.
All I ask is that if you agree with the Supreme Court's decision, please answer why all the others "evils" opened with Pandora's Jar shouldn't also be allowed?
Ok, I am ready. The comment section is below.
© 2015 Greg Boudonck