In what is not a surprise, the Republican Party is strongly opposing the decision by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to support same-sex marriage and oppose the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. The full Republican Platform Committee has yet to approve the language which was approved by various subcommittees which calls for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
So far, the Family Research Council appears to be happy about this, while the Log Cabin Republicans are busy acting like everything is hunky-dory with it.
BuzzFeed is reporting that the Restoring Constitutional Government subcommittee and the Health, Education and Crime subcommittee have approved the anti-equality language. The LCR is noting that there will be some language in the platform about respecting the dignity of LGBT Americans, but that is about all.
The LCR is still supportive of their party even though the platform would push for a constitutional amendment enshrining the second-class citizenship of an entire group of people. This is especially true since anti-equality activist and theocrat Tony Perkins has stated that “You should read the entire plank on marriage, which I wrote. I feel very happy about it. I feel pretty optimistic about the outcome here.” To put it another way, the GOP is telling the LCR ‘here, have some silver, now go betray your own’.
The draft platform also attacks the “court-ordered redefinition of marriage” and states “We oppose the Administration’s open defiance of this principle [of separation of powers] — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts.” Apparently no one in the Restoring Constitutional Government subcommittee has actually read the Constitution or understands it.
Casey Pick, programs director for the LCR, stated that “You’re still going to see stuff on the federal amendment. You’re going to see stuff affirming DOMA.” She was not surprised by the fact that this is there especially since the Restoring Constitutional Government subcommittee is headed up by James Bopp, an attorney who has defended the National Organization for Marriage.
The Institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, and are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, are less like to to engage in crime, and are less likely to get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic wellbeing of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also more government control over the lives of its citizens in all facets. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting along, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as a national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.
Marriage and the Judiciary
A serious threat to our country’s constitutional order, perhaps even more dangerous than presidential malfeasance, is an activist judiciary, in which some judges usurp the powers reserved to other branches of government. A blatant example has been the court-ordered redefinition of marriage in several States. This is more than a matter of warring legal concepts and ideals. It is an assault on the foundation of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.
Defense of Marriage
That is why congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. An activist judiciary usurps the powers reserved to other branches of government and endangers the foundation of our society. We oppose the Administration’s open defiance of this constitutional principle — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts — makes a mockery of the President’s inaugural oath. We commend the United States House of Representatives and those State Attorneys Generals who have defended these laws when they have been attacked in the courts. We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other states to do so.
Much of this reads like it was written by Perkins and uses the same false information that has been debunked repeatedly over the last decade. Of course, this is the same party that ignores science whenever it suits their needs.