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I just read an online CNN article about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and how it’s likely that the USSC might gut it like a fish. In the article, the reporter wrote that Clarence Thomas will most likely side with the conservative justices who believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No surprise there. Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Stephen Breyer, are the justices who tend to vote on the liberal side while Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts are the conservative justices who believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Anthony Kennedy usually carries the all important tie breaker swing vote.

In the article, the reporter wrote: “Three of the more conservative justices seemed aligned with the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and it's likely they'd be joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, who doesn't speak at arguments.” I paused and re-read that sentence. “He doesn’t speak at arguments?” I asked myself. It was written as a statement of accepted fact. Is he not allowed to speak at arguments? Is he mute? What the hell is that about? How can you sit as a justice on the United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, and not speak? While the other justices are harassing and hazing the skilled attorneys who will now be able to boast that they’ve argued before the USSC, Clarence Thomas is watching the performance like a spectator. I remember reading that Clarence Thomas seldom (almost never) wrote majority opinions or even dissenting opinions, but I didn’t realize that his tongue was also paralyzed.

This blog isn’t a slam on Clarence Thomas, even though I’m currently reading Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home written by Anita Hill. Admittedly, it’s not the most riveting read, but I bought it because I liked the title, and as a fellow author I thought I’d experience some good juju if I ordered her book on Amazon and helped her earn some royalties. So far it isn’t working. The book puts me to sleep and my own royalties haven’t increased. So much for my good juju theory.

I remember watching the Senate Confirmation hearings when Clarence Thomas was nominated to join the high court. Anita Hill testified to several alleged incidents of sexual harassment that she experienced by Justice Thomas before he became only the second black person in the court’s history to don a USSC robe. Who can forget the pubic hair on the can of coke testimony? I still can’t drink soda from the can after that one. Ok, I can and do, but there was a time where I wouldn’t. When she gave her testimony, I remember thinking that it was more likely than not that he did the things to which she accused him, especially since she had nothing to gain by coming forward with her story. I also remember wondering at the time why she hadn’t spoken up sooner, but speaking up to thwart his appointment to the high court was soon enough. He was appointed despite her testimony.

Appointed to the high court, and now the comment behind his name in a CNN article is that he doesn’t speak at arguments. Is he not allowed to speak? Is he too afraid to speak? Why would you want your legacy to be that you never spoke at arguments? How is that advancing the judicial process.

People often choose to suffer in silence or refrain from discussing things that might be painful or uncomfortable or misunderstood. To me, that’s cowardly and childish. I have a few gay and lesbian friends who are still in the closet waiting for a disapproving parent to die before they will embrace who they are. Some gays even marry, have children and live life as a heterosexual because they fear that their families or jobs won’t accept them as gay.

One of the characters in the Black Diamond Series comes out as a lesbian when she goes to college. I realize that some of my Bible study members will now place my books on the banned book list and want to preach the scriptures’ views on homosexuality. But since some of these people are divorced and remarried, I’ll throw the scripture that disapproves of marrying someone who is divorced right back at them. We’ll call it scripture wars. I’ll win.

A member of my family is openly gay, and I have friends who are gay. Some of the men are pink, feather boa waving gay, and others are not quite so obvious gay. Some of the women are great softball playing lesbians, and others are shoe whore, nail princesses. There are different shades of gay. Whenever I share that I have gay friends, I feel like a sheltered white person who welcomes the new black neighbor and feels compelled to boast and share that they have “another black friend.” 21st Century gay is the black of the 1960‘s and 70‘s.

I have people in my circle of influence whom I suspect are married to someone who’s gay or bisexual. The last time I gave it some thought, my “I suspect that your husband is gay or bisexual” count was almost nearing the double digits and rising. The women are either in denial about their partner’s sexuality or they are okay with the double life being led. Whatever, dude. You do you, boo. Not sitting in judgment, but I just find it hard to believe that they don’t know. If you’re reading this and wondering if I think that your husband might be gay, then yes, you’re probably in my headcount. But if you ask me, I will embrace my inner Clarence Thomas and not speak. I learned from my gay friends that you never out anyone.

Jimmy Kimmel said it best, “We want gays to have the right to marry in every state. Gay divorce court will be hysterical!” It’s sad when people must hide who they are to fit into a narrow social box. Some of my loyal blog followers (or my one loyal blog follower) may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in several months. I’ve been busy embracing my inner Clarence Thomas.But I promise not to sit on the sidelines like Clarence Thomas. Even if my blog posts are shorter than normal (you’re welcome!) I’ll try to post something when I’m so inspired. But after this blog, I can cancel any hope of clerking for him.

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I just read an online CNN article about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and how it’s likely that the USSC might gut it like a fish. In the article, the reporter wrote that Clarence Thomas will most likely side with the conservative justices who believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No surprise there. Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Stephen Breyer, are the justices who tend to vote on the liberal side while Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts are the conservative justices who believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Anthony Kennedy usually carries the all important tie breaker swing vote.

In the article, the reporter wrote: “Three of the more conservative justices seemed aligned with the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and it's likely they'd be joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, who doesn't speak at arguments.” I paused and re-read that sentence. “He doesn’t speak at arguments?” I asked myself. It was written as a statement of accepted fact. Is he not allowed to speak at arguments? Is he mute? What the hell is that about? How can you sit as a justice on the United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, and not speak? While the other justices are harassing and hazing the skilled attorneys who will now be able to boast that they’ve argued before the USSC, Clarence Thomas is watching the performance like a spectator. I remember reading that Clarence Thomas seldom (almost never) wrote majority opinions or even dissenting opinions, but I didn’t realize that his tongue was also paralyzed.

This blog isn’t a slam on Clarence Thomas, even though I’m currently reading Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home written by Anita Hill. Admittedly, it’s not the most riveting read, but I bought it because I liked the title, and as a fellow author I thought I’d experience some good juju if I ordered her book on Amazon and helped her earn some royalties. So far it isn’t working. The book puts me to sleep and my own royalties haven’t increased. So much for my good juju theory.

I remember watching the Senate Confirmation hearings when Clarence Thomas was nominated to join the high court. Anita Hill testified to several alleged incidents of sexual harassment that she experienced by Justice Thomas before he became only the second black person in the court’s history to don a USSC robe. Who can forget the pubic hair on the can of coke testimony? I still can’t drink soda from the can after that one. Ok, I can and do, but there was a time where I wouldn’t. When she gave her testimony, I remember thinking that it was more likely than not that he did the things to which she accused him, especially since she had nothing to gain by coming forward with her story. I also remember wondering at the time why she hadn’t spoken up sooner, but speaking up to thwart his appointment to the high court was soon enough. He was appointed despite her testimony.

Appointed to the high court, and now the comment behind his name in a CNN article is that he doesn’t speak at arguments. Is he not allowed to speak? Is he too afraid to speak? Why would you want your legacy to be that you never spoke at arguments? How is that advancing the judicial process.

People often choose to suffer in silence or refrain from discussing things that might be painful or uncomfortable or misunderstood. To me, that’s cowardly and childish. I have a few gay and lesbian friends who are still in the closet waiting for a disapproving parent to die before they will embrace who they are. Some gays even marry, have children and live life as a heterosexual because they fear that their families or jobs won’t accept them as gay.

One of the characters in the Black Diamond Series comes out as a lesbian when she goes to college. I realize that some of my Bible study members will now place my books on the banned book list and want to preach the scriptures’ views on homosexuality. But since some of these people are divorced and remarried, I’ll throw the scripture that disapproves of marrying someone who is divorced right back at them. We’ll call it scripture wars. I’ll win.

A member of my family is openly gay, and I have friends who are gay. Some of the men are pink, feather boa waving gay, and others are not quite so obvious gay. Some of the women are great softball playing lesbians, and others are shoe whore, nail princesses. There are different shades of gay. Whenever I share that I have gay friends, I feel like a sheltered white person who welcomes the new black neighbor and feels compelled to boast and share that they have “another black friend.” 21st Century gay is the black of the 1960‘s and 70‘s.

I have people in my circle of influence whom I suspect are married to someone who’s gay or bisexual. The last time I gave it some thought, my “I suspect that your husband is gay or bisexual” count was almost nearing the double digits and rising. The women are either in denial about their partner’s sexuality or they are okay with the double life being led. Whatever, dude. You do you, boo. Not sitting in judgment, but I just find it hard to believe that they don’t know. If you’re reading this and wondering if I think that your husband might be gay, then yes, you’re probably in my headcount. But if you ask me, I will embrace my inner Clarence Thomas and not speak. I learned from my gay friends that you never out anyone.

Jimmy Kimmel said it best, “We want gays to have the right to marry in every state. Gay divorce court will be hysterical!” It’s sad when people must hide who they are to fit into a narrow social box. Some of my loyal blog followers (or my one loyal blog follower) may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in several months. I’ve been busy embracing my inner Clarence Thomas.But I promise not to sit on the sidelines like Clarence Thomas. Even if my blog posts are shorter than normal (you’re welcome!) I’ll try to post something when I’m so inspired. But after this blog, I can cancel any hope of clerking for him.