In 1999, when I came to the United States, homosexuality was a crime.
In 2003, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v Texas, it was not a crime any more, see the decision here.
Fast-forward 11 years more - and the U.S. Supreme Court found that same sex marriage is a constitutional right.
After the decision, some state officials, as well as private individuals refused to accept legality of the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
A Kentucky clerk Kim Davis
went to jail - with a lot of vocal support from various groups from around the country - defending her individual right not to issue same sex marriage licenses.
Now Kim Davis is reportedly on the receiving end of a motion for $233,058 in legal fees against her for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses.
In three states, Alabama, Oregon and Wyoming, judges who refused to officiate at same sex marriages, or gave instructions to others not to issue same sex marriage licenses, became the targets of judicial disciplinary proceedings.
In Alabama, the target of such a disciplinary proceeding was the state's Chief Judge Roy Moore,
who defended himself on the basis that the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions are not the Supreme Law of the Land - and they are actually not, despite the fact that they are presented that way in courts, law schools and in the press.
In Oregon, the target of the disciplinary proceedings was judge Vance Day.
In Wyoming, the target of the disciplinary proceedings is judge Ruth Neely.
While Alabama, Oregon and Wyoming prosecuted its judges for disobeying the U.S. Supreme Court precedent regarding constitutionality of same sex marriages, Texas State Bar refused to prosecute its Attorney General Ken Paxton
for the same behavior, instructing county clerks not to issue same sex marriage licenses.
And, in North Carolina, a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state's magistrates refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses, was recently dismissed.
Federal judge Max Cogburn
who dismissed the case, claimed that plaintiffs failed to show that they have standing and that they were directly harmed by law.
I have put pictures of people at the center of controversies here to show the uniting factor - race. All of them are white. Whether it is a mere coincidence or not, and whether the coincidence means anything, is for my readers to judge.
Among these six states:
- North Carolina,
- Texas, and
The states that filed the amicus briefs supporting such discrimination are:
- South Carolina,
- Utah, and
- West Virginia.