Tim Fox Defends Discrimination

Attorney General Tim Fox

In news that will surprise no one, Attorney General Tim Fox is attempting to

Attorney General Tim Fox
Attorney General Tim Fox

defend Montana’s law defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. It’s equally unsurprising just how terrible his arguments are.

Fox argued that this just isn’t a case of sex discrimination:

Additionally, Fox said in documents that the plaintiffs can’t state a claim based upon sex discrimination “because men and women, regardless of sexual orientation or preference, are treated the same. Neither men nor women can marry persons of the same gender.”

It may not be sex discrimination, but it’s certainly discrimination. Before the Loving v. Virginia case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws, I’m almost certain that racists in the South would have argued their laws weren’t discriminatory “because neither blacks nor whites could marry people of a different race.”  In fact, that’s exactly what Virginia did argue–and it’s astonishing that Attorney General Fox is using the same odious logic that was unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court over forty years ago.

Fox also argued that restricting marriage to those who are straight doesn’t create a second-class of citizens:

“Montana’s recognition of marriage as between one man and one woman does not constitute or impose an unconstitutional stigma or second-class citizenship on persons in same-sex relationship.”

It’s hard to imagine how Fox’s team of attorneys plans to defend this argument: the Montana law they refer to explicitly tells a group of people that they cannot marry the person they love, for no other reason than the moral view of some who oppose gay marriage. It violates the dignity and rights of those who seek to marry a partner, rights that the Court recognized in 1967 as essential to our survival and fundamental to our existence:

The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.

It’s time for Attorney General Fox to realize that it’s morally indefensible to continue this war against gay marriage, a war that has seen a dramatic shift in attitudes in just the past few decades. What Fox is trying to do is not only wrong, but increasingly unpopular.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • Fox isn’t an attorney anymore. He is a party Hack willing to do whatever it takes to cost the state and people money.

    About three weeks ago A friend told me that a Insurance Company here in Montana dropped him from Obamacare even though he was Paying all along for not paying.

    Let me give you a little background on this friend without giving him and his family away. He is one of the biggest charitable Organizers in Beaverhead County. HE has worked managing a company here for the last thirty years. His wife also works. and they are considered the Embodiment of good folk and Middle class.The man pays his bills. I’ve known this Guy, since 2007 and he is by his very nature a pretty conservative guy.

    He went to Tim Foxes Office, and told them what was happening, and they told him how sorry he was but said they couldn’t help him back the money he has paid in. They never told him from the beginning he had not called the right office, they didn’t tell him it is Monica Lindeens office he should talk too. She is after all the insurance commissioner for the state. 

    Long story made shorter, I called Lindeens office and explained my concern that Fox’s office was handling all these calls  from conservatives, and telling them nothing could be done, and they couldn’t get a refund from a company that basically was fucking as many people as they could sign up. They had already received calls from Dems about this particular insurance company screwing people out of their money. but they dind’t know Fox was getting calls and not passing them to her office. Well they are now. and my friend will get a refund and Monica Lindeens office is making sure now that Foxes office transfers these calls.

    Tim Fox isn’t the top Cop of the state anymore. he is doing all he can to impede MOntana from Moving forward. Like I said a party Hack!

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