Yesterday, the Supreme Court made the decision not to hear the appeals from many states on striking down gay marriage bans. The court, which has already upheld the right to gay marriage under the 14th Amendment (granting equal protection and rights to all) has categorically stated that states have no right to ban gay marriage. And for once, SCOTUS is right about something.
Not that you’d know it from the way the Religious Right reacted; it’s hard to imagine Bryan Fischer more angry if they’d have slapped some glitter lipstick and a rainbow onesey on the baby Jesus, and called him Lil’ Gay Al. Fischer spent a full two segments railing against SCOTUS for the decision, which he called a “de facto Roe vs Wade” and “imposing on every state in the union marriage that is based on the infamous crime against nature.”
While we hate to break to to Bryan that homosexuality hasn’t been a crime since the 1950s (where he still lives), it’s a crime he’s just going to have to live with. Not that we heard him complaining over Citizens United, but hey…the Court says what it says.
This is a total dereliction of duty. The Supreme Court abandoned its duty to take up or at least hold these marriage cases. The responsibility for the undermining of marriage rests solely at the U.S. Supreme Court. Last year’s decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case that started this fire, and today’s decision to watch marriage burn to ashes is the responsibility of the Supreme Court.
The actions of the Supreme Court in particular, and of the judiciary in general, undermine the rule of law and erode the confidence of the people in the judicial branch of government. When the people lose confidence in the rule of law, the judiciary will lose is legitimacy.”
By which, they mean to say: “We don’t LIKE it!” Fortunately, unlike God, the Supreme Court’s “legitimacy” is somewhat beyond question. You don’t have to believe in the Supreme Court for it to be real; its belief in itself is plenty. The Florida Family Policy Center said something similar about the SCOTUS “losing its institutional legitimacy.” But, again…sorry. The court’s “legitimacy” is kind of spelled out in the Constitution you carry around. Citizen approval isn’t required.
The Family Research Council issued a threat from the state level, as “more and more people” will rise up in defiance.
Unfortunately, by failing to take up these marriage cases, the High Court will allow rogue lower court judges who have ignored history and true legal precedent to silence the elected representatives of the people and the voice of the people themselves by overturning state provisions on marriage. Even more alarming, lower court judges are undermining our form of government and the rights and freedoms of citizens to govern themselves.
The Court decision ensures that the debate over natural marriage will continue and the good news is that time is not on the side of those who want to redefine marriage. As more states are forced to redefine marriage, contrary to nature and directly in conflict with the will of millions, more Americans will see and experience attacks on their religious freedom.
This is where we point out that half or more of Americans are completely OK with gay marriage. And some of those are religious, too.
Some have given up on the idea of that pesky Constitution altogether. Apparently not content to abide by a sacred document handed down by Jesus himself, the National Organization of Marriage suggested that it should be changed with a “marriage protection amendment.”
At the same time, given what the Supreme Court has allowed to happen, the only alternative to letting unelected judges impose their view of marriage on Americans across the country is to pursue a process that will allow the American people to decide for themselves what is marriage. It is critical not only to marriage but to the republican form of government in this country to amend the Constitution to reaffirm the meaning of marriage. We therefore call on the US Congress to move forward immediately to send a federal marriage amendment to the states for ratification.”
And some, like Focus on the Family, invoked the dumbest argument of all:
Marriage has always been – and will always be – between a man and a woman. Ultimately, no court can change that truth. So regardless of legal outcomes, we’ll continue to address the importance of one-man, one-woman marriage to families, society and especially for children who have a right to both a mother and a father.
So…marriage has always been between a man and a woman. A man and A woman, you say? One man and one woman? Huh. We must have a different version of that Bible; because in this one, half the guys in the Old Testament had more wives than Cliven Bundy had mothers.
Ralp Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition threatened that the court would “reap the political whirlwind.”
The Court’s action has the effect of overturning the will of the voters in Indiana, Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, including instances in which state constitutions were amended to codify marriage as the union between a man and a woman. Today’s decision further insures that the marriage issue will motivate and mobilize voters of faith who are concerned about marriage and deeply resent having the institution redefined contrary to the clearly expressed will of the people by federal judges who legislate from the bench.
For candidates running in 2014 and those who run for president in 2016, there will be no avoiding this issue. If the Supreme Court is planning a Roe v. Wade on marriage, it will sow the wind and reap a political whirlwind.
Yeah…sucks we can’t un-elect people who weren’t elected, huh? Trust us, we tried after Citizens United.
But, unfortunately…that damned Constitution can be a cruel mistress. One day, she’s giving your church tax exemptions, the next she’s letting homos walk in without getting burned at the stake. Though, if it’s any comfort, we’re pretty sure that if he could, Scalia would make that legal too.
H/T: Right Wing Watch