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The Supreme Court ruled that the sponsors of Prop. 8 didn't have standing because they hadn't been harmed by same sex marriage in California.  I think some of those sponsors and their supporters would beg to differ.  Turns out it's very difficult to prove that you've been harmed by someone else getting married.  Go figure.

I've been doing cartoons about same sex marriage and gay rights since way back in the early nineties while I was living in Colorado in the days of Amendment 2.  I'm looking forward to cartoons about civil rights for same sex couples being a thing of the past.  I can't remember ever doing a cartoon that dealt with battles around miscegenation, except in relation to current battles over same sex marriage.

I guess I just couldn't resist kicking some of these guys while they're down.  Not to mention the fact I couldn't resist pointing out the silliness of an unmarried Catholic Cardinal heading the "Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage" warning of the evils of gay marriage, all while the news broke that he stashed Church money (in a cemetery fund, no less!) so sex abuse victims wouldn't have access to the cash.  Who comes up with this stuff?!

Be sure to let me know what you think about the cartoon, share and comment profusely!

[dry announcer]

The Supreme Court ruled that the sponsors of Prop. 8 did not have legal standing.  They had not been harmed by same sex marriage in California.

[female advertising voice]

If you have been injured by same-sex marriage, we're here to help.

Keepam, Seprit and Klosit is the nation's premier imagined injury firm, that can get your case heard!

Here are a few of our clients:

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone is "worried about the future of our children."  

A worried Archbishop is an injured Archbishop, and we're here to work for you, Your Eminence!

Mike Huckabee tweeted that "Jesus Wept," then with the help of Keepam, Seprit and Klosit, turned his own pain into cold hard cash.

Ralph Reed is clearly experiencing pain and suffering as he worries about the "end of Western Civilization."  With pain like that, he's got a case!

Part-time Libertarian Rand Paul, suffering mental anguish, told Glenn Beck that he worries about inter-species matrimony,

And Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is suffering from extreme stress, saying "today is a tragic day for marriage."

Keepam, Seprit and Klosit will focus on the Cardinal's gay marriage injury, not on his hiding church funds from sex abuse victims.

So whether you're with the U.S. Bishops' "Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage," or the "Family Research Council," you have never been more injured than you are now.

You've got a case with . . . Keepam, Seprit and Klosit.

(Imaginary Injuries remain imaginary.  All payments to Keepam, Seprit and Klosit must be tangible and real.)

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality and Daily Kos.

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  •  Maybe Santorum should contact KSK about (5+ / 0-)

    a copyright case. Good job!

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:05:03 AM PDT

  •  I think that many people were harmed (11+ / 0-)

    by the marriage of Brittney Spears to whatshisname, or The Donald to his latest bimblette. These things cause major brain damage.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:06:30 AM PDT

    •  How about Newt Gingrich's three wives? (12+ / 0-)

      Especially when juxtaposed against his moralistic pontificating?

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:09:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, GOP Marriage is an affront to decency (3+ / 0-)

        and all that is wholly...sane and normal.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:29:45 AM PDT

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      •  You can laugh about that, but I people who (4+ / 0-)

        get divorced because "we grew apart", or "I wasn't happy" do a lot more harm to marriage than gay people who want to be together.

        Frankly, the very best thing anybody could do for the sanctity of marriage is to get a bit old-fashioned and NOT GET MARRIED in such a freaking hurry.  Marriage doesn't hurt marriage. Divorce hurts marriage.  Not to mention kids.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:36:30 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Or have kids right away (3+ / 0-)
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          or buy that huge and expensive house and car and accessories because it's what you're supposed to do. So many people plunge themselves into what they believe to be the "proper" life track so early in life before they've had the chance to figure out what the proper path is for THEM (the discovery of which, of course, is itself a life path). We have such a cookie cutter culture.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 08:26:06 AM PDT

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          •  Works for some folks (3+ / 0-)
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            1toughlady, Josiah Bartlett, dinotrac

            My sister got married at 19; by the time she was 22 she'd had both her kids and her husband got snipped. When her kids got older, she went back to college and got her degree, and had a successful career. They hit their 40s, both kids were grown and out of the house, and they've had the past 20 years to enjoy their own lives, explore outside interests (my brother-in-law tried wine-making for a time, they now volunteer at a local winery), and can enjoy their retirement with their children and grandchildren.

            But what worked for my sister and her husband doesn't necessarily work for everyone -- waiting till Mr. Scribe and I grew up for each other (he was 35, I was 32 when we finally got married after 4 years of dating) worked for us too, or at least has for the past 22 years.

            There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

            by Cali Scribe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 10:54:45 AM PDT

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            •  A lot has to do with maturity (1+ / 0-)
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              Or the potential for and willingness to acquire it. Some 19 year olds are more mature than some 40 year olds. Others quickly become mature when life does its thing. But many don't handle these pressures well, with bad consequences for their children and themselves. Or, they handle them, but just barely, and lose years of their lives spinning their wheels just to make ends meet and don't get to enjoy life much.

              Perhaps it was easier for people to get married young and get established in the past, but with today's economy and lack of opportunities, it might make more sense for many these days to delay getting married or at least having kids for a few years, until they're financially and emotionally ready for that extra pressure. Of course, people don't usually plan out their lives that way, either going with gut instinct or doing what family or local tradition dictates.

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:06:41 AM PDT

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        •  Divorce like Abortion and birth control are (1+ / 0-)
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          very important in terms of women's personal freedoms.

          I get the joke, but at the same time, I don't want to just leave it as a joke.

          Religion may pretend that marriage is a religious thing, but really it's a contract that hammers out division of property, child rearing duties, inheritance, etc., Anything religious put on the act of marrying after the fact is on the individuals getting married.

          I would rather people have the power to get divorced. Making two people stay together in a dysfunctional or loveless marriage is cruel and unnecessary.

          •  That's how the Puritans saw it (2+ / 0-)
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            They saw marriage as a legal agreement, not a religious rite.

          •  It's not a joke and has nothing to do with the (1+ / 0-)
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            power of divorce.

            It has everything to do with the commitment to marriage.

            It should not be entered into lightly. When there are kids, it should not be dissolved lightly. I consider kids to be pretty important.  They are a big reason why my wife and I are still together. Not unhappily, by the way, but it took a lot of work to get here.

            When a marriage makes no sense to save, it should be ended.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:54:44 AM PDT

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          •  I'll agree that divorce is important (2+ / 0-)
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            but I do sometimes think people are too quick to head for the lawyers at the first sign of problems. There's something to be said for trying to work through the issues first before calling it quits, especially when there are kids involved.

            There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

            by Cali Scribe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:02:28 AM PDT

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        •  Waiting period on marriage licenses... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...preferably, about six months.  Apply for the license, and you can get married six months later.

          That would do more for "protecting the sanctity of marriage" than any of the homophobic crap being pushed on the right.

          Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

          by TexasTom on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:09:24 PM PDT

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    •  Anything exposure to Trump, even (3+ / 0-)
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      third-hand, causes me acute nausea.

      What's the phone number of that law firm?

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:18:14 AM PDT

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  •  Unmarried Catholic (presumably celibate) cardinals (5+ / 0-)

    trying to bully government into ANYTHING relating to other people's sex/reproductive lives is beyond "silliness." It's a real issue for me, especially in light of what's happened in Ohio this past week.

    I've never seen a group as sex-obsessed as the mandatory celibate (presumably) hierarchy of this church. I think we can see why mandatory (presumable) celibacy is a bad idea.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:08:24 AM PDT

    •  It's a bizzare version of "Don't Think of an Ele-- (0+ / 0-)

      --phant!"

    •  I've often felt (1+ / 0-)
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      like going to a Catholic priest for marriage counseling is like taking your car to a mechanic who's never driven a car. You might have the book knowledge about how things are supposed to work but that pales beside someone who has direct experience of how things don't always go "by the book".

      We had our pre-marital counseling with the young deacon of our Episcopal parish -- he was younger than Mr. Scribe and I by several years (he was actually still in seminary -- he was authorized to perform the ceremony but not do a Eucharist so we still had the rector of the parish handle that part), but he did a really nice job; he also got off easy because since we were older, we already had a general idea of how to handle many of the key issues.

      It's not just the mandatory celibacy, but also the male domination of the Catholic Church that's an issue; being in a church with female priests and bishops serving alongside men has made a big difference in my own spiritual life.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:08:50 AM PDT

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  •  I don't quite understand it (0+ / 0-)

    This Joe Manchin ad is showing up everywhere on DK, for what seems like weeks now. And it lots and lots of posts for which it is entirely irrelevant. What gives?

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:15:21 AM PDT

    •  ? nt (0+ / 0-)

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Like this (0+ / 0-)

        It seems to be turning up where really other kinds of images or videos should oughta be instead.

        Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

        by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:58:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I didn't see it in this diary - did you? (0+ / 0-)

          Have you reported the problem to admin?

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 10:38:34 AM PDT

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          •  I did see it here (1+ / 0-)
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            ... which is why I commented about it. No cartoon, just Manchin. (I'm a subscriber with ads off.) And I sent this screen shot to admin, too. It's shown up many times, equally puzzling and inappropriate. This is the first time I've said anything about it.

            Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

            by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:16:39 AM PDT

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            •  FWIW I'm a subscriber too and haven't seen (0+ / 0-)

              it since it first aired weeks ago.

              "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

              by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:27:00 AM PDT

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              •  I'm guessing (0+ / 0-)

                ... it's some kind of quirky interaction with my script blocker. Replaced my old laptop not so long ago, and haven't sorted out all the permissions yet. But this is still a peculiar side effect.

                Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

                by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 02:08:57 PM PDT

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  •  I like it. Especially the picture of the Cardinal (1+ / 0-)
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    hiding all that money under his skirt.

    Isn't there something a little "gay" about a guy who wears skirts?  Can't some kind of "issue" be made about that?

    Just sayin'......

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:16:45 AM PDT

  •  Thoroughly enjoyed this diary, Mark (3+ / 0-)

    Tipped and rec'd.  Keep up the good work!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:17:39 AM PDT

  •  Butthurt Bishops are the ultimate arbiters of what (2+ / 0-)
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    marriage is all about, so much personal experience, and don't get me started on their concern for the little lambs in their flocks. We have all heard how closely they hold them and how they pretend to be concerned love them.

    "It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men". Frederick Douglas "Education is a right, that is why we have to fight". Asean Johnson

    by Sam Sara on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:19:12 AM PDT

    •  Honestly, I am tired of representatives of a (1+ / 0-)
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      foreign country--the Vatican, having so much clout in our American Legislature.

      Can't we end diplomatic ties and send them back to Rome already? After we tax the crap out of them?

      •  Well then we would have to send all the other (1+ / 0-)
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        Ambassadors of the various religious states back to their...oh wait...

        "It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men". Frederick Douglas "Education is a right, that is why we have to fight". Asean Johnson

        by Sam Sara on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:19:47 PM PDT

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  •  Cartoons good. Talk show videos, not so much. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    "I'll not yield. -- Wendy Davis" "Fear is a habit. I am not afraid. -- Aung San Suu Kyi"

    by sturunner on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:22:39 AM PDT

  •  I'm sure I've been harmed by same sex marriage. (2+ / 0-)
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    It's completely devalued my marriage to my lovely wife of 28 years, because...

    ummmmm

    well, you see,

    How about this?

    No, that won't work.

    OK, here we go --

    They say theyt won't, but I'll just bet you we find more and more broken up his and hers towel sets.

    So there.

    Yeah, it's not much.
    It's what I've got.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:33:48 AM PDT

  •  Love the comic! (2+ / 0-)

    The name of the "law firm" is great!!

  •  Boring - but . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Well, Sir, you want to know what i think?  Boring.
    Talky, static, nothing new, no fresh insights. I am all
    for your points, but they are old stuff.
    Try this:   The greatest problem in the World, both now and
    as regards our species' long term future, is over-population. I
    regard same-sex marriage, as well as just general homosexuality,
    as an important element in what needs to be an
    improved and stronger effort for zero population growth. There
    are already too many, far too many, people on this planet. So,
    use what we have -- encourage same-sex marriage!!!!
    Go for it!

    •  Why not just let people marry (0+ / 0-)

      who they want to marry, as long as both parties are consenting adult sentient beings? (Who knows, some day we may have a case before SCOTUS about whether human/alien marriage is okay...) I wouldn't want anyone to force me to marry someone I'm not interested in (then again, I do have a small but significant "hell, I'd do her" list), just as much as a gay man or lesbian shouldn't be forced into an "opposite" marriage like my own.

      Don't "encourage" or "discourage" same-sex marriages -- just let them be.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:16:01 AM PDT

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  •  I like the stuff about "Donate" (1+ / 0-)
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    I have become very cynical about these people who proclaim that they are spokespersons for God, the Bible, or what have you.

    Seems their pronouncements are always accompanied by request for money.  I look upon them as part of the Benny Hinn Club - always looking to con people out of their money.

    Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. Eric Hoffer

    by LynChi on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 08:20:58 AM PDT

  •  Brilliant! (1+ / 0-)
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    I love it.  Thank you for your keen sense of humor.

  •  "Part-time libertarian Rand Paul" -- nice! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  They are pretty pathetic: (0+ / 0-)
    I guess I just couldn't resist kicking some of these guys while they're down.  Not to mention the fact I couldn't resist pointing out the silliness of an unmarried Catholic Cardinal heading the "Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage" warning of the evils of gay marriage, all while the news broke that he stashed Church money (in a cemetery fund, no less!) so sex abuse victims wouldn't have access to the cash.  Who comes up with this stuff?!
    It's almost as funny as all male legislature members making laws about women's reproductive healthcare.

    It's all about the power that these males are losing over people who are still considered in their eyes, second and third class citizens.

  •  Love it - hope the personal injury law firm (0+ / 0-)

    becomes a meme.

    Always with your intro about the reason the case was dismissed - now harm.

    Can imagine a whole series, based on all the financial rights that same sex couples will now have.

    Were you harmed when your neighbor of 27 years died and their wife/husband (insert some automatic spousal benefit).

    Another series based on all the access rights that same sex partners and parents will now have.

    Were you harmed when your son/daughter's same-sex spouse came to visit them in the hospital? Were you harmed when you were not in charge of the tough medical decisions?

    Loving hetero parent visiting his dying child in the hospital...
    "harmed" by

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:31:26 AM PDT

  •  love it but there's something missing... (0+ / 0-)

    the guano falling on their heads...

    batsh*t crazy, indeed!

    great cartoon!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:03:34 PM PDT

  •  Extraordinary cartoon! (0+ / 0-)

    I have been following the gay rights movement for a couple of years, now.  I am straight, but I have several gay friends who do not deserve the treatment that (fortunately, fewer and fewer) Pubbies are giving them.  Also, it provides a great direction fpr other civil liberties issues.

    Great job!

  •  Loved It Mark! (0+ / 0-)

    What a talented guy you are. I'm jealous.

    We're gonna need you next year when we fight to keep the Senate and try to pick up a few House seats too.

    I'm just so glad that you're on our side.

    You and Bill Maher are two of the most effective weapons that we have.

    Best of luck to you.

    "Love Is Why We're Here"

    by Paniolo Joe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:25:50 PM PDT

  •  Snorting funny.. (0+ / 0-)

    and right on, and eminently sharable!  

    "THERE IS NO JUSTICE. THERE IS JUST US." spoken by DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

    by Sailorben on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:50:30 PM PDT

  •  go right ahead, mark! (0+ / 0-)
    "...kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down; kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em all around..." d. henley

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