The gentleman holding up the sign in the photograph at right has a problem knowing his place. Well, not his place as in where he is. He is, by my understanding standing inside the capitol building in Austin Texas, and at the time the photograph was taken, thousands of angry protesters all dressed up in orange were milling about inside and outside the capitol building.
Some were giving testimony, some were sitting in observation of the on goings at the public hearing, and a few, dressed in shirts very much like the one this gentleman is wearing, were out pitching a fit against those assembled expressing their opinions, as guaranteed by their 1st Amendment rights.
Now the gentleman with the poster also has first amendment rights, that is true. But what is not true is whether the man has any standing in the argument.
See, when Proposition 8 was loudly argued before SCOTUS last week, Justice Kennedy, in writing the opinion, observed that those making the arguments against overturning Proposition 8 had no standing in the argument.
They didn't have a fish to fry.
They had no dog in that hunt.
They were bystanders with an opinion. And that is exactly what this gentleman holding up this poster in the state capitol is, a bystander with an opinion.
See, I could be wrong, but I think this guy is a male. The poster he is holding up says that "(he) regret(s) his abortion." Now, see, I could be wrong, but just as it is physically impossible for a man to become impregnated with a man's sperm, it is equally physically impossible for a man to receive an abortion procedure to terminate his "pregnancy."
I could be wrong about this, but I don't think I am.
So while the gentleman has every right to stand in the hall of the state capitol, he has no right to express this opinion, because he has no standing.
And neither do any of the gentlemen assembled in the state capitol ready and willing to make reception of abortion services in the state of Texas an impossibility.