Jon Stewart Skewers Anti Marriage Officials

Jon Stewart Skewers Right-Wing Officials for Their Astonishingly Backward Take on Gay Marriage

No, legalizing gay marriage does not mean everyone will start marrying their relatives.

By Allegra Kirkland  AlterNet   February 12, 2015

Jon Stewart screenshot (Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart screenshot (Comedy Central)

It’s only natural for prejudiced people to dig their heels in when confronted with sweeping change. Despite the fact that gay marriage is now legal in 36 states and Washington, DC, political officials and judges in solid-red states are doing anything they can to prevent LGBTQ residents from obtaining full civil rights.

In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order to remove legal protections from lesbian, gay and transgender state employees, meaning they can now be harassed or fired based on their gender identity. Jon Stewart’s response: “This being Kansas, I guess Brownback clicked his heels three times and said, ‘There’s no place like homophobia.’”

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered the state’s probate judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, even though a federal judge ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. “Huh,” Stewart said. “So an Alabama official is circumventing a federal ruling in order to restrict the civil rights of a minority population. I guess he was thinking, ‘Hey! That Selma movie was a hit.’”