And now we have a message from Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins regarding the decisions by the US Supreme Court regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. Perkins tells us “Always look on the bright side of life”:
Perkins stated “While we are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court today did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex ‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify.”
Ah, Tony, just how delusional you are. The consequences you mention never seem to materialize. What is more, most American believe in limiting religion’s influence in public policy and live- and that is all thanks to you. You see, those of you who happen to continue to push theocracy just can’t get passed the fact that Americans can’t stand having their religious rights trampled on by you.
He goes on “We are encouraged that the court learned from the disaster of Roe v. Wade and refrained from redefining marriage for the entire country. However, by striking down the federal definition of marriage in DOMA, the Court is asserting that Congress does not have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes Congress itself has enacted. This is absurd. The Defense of Marriage Act imposes no uniform definition of marriage upon the individual states. However, the states should not be able to impose varying definitions of marriage upon the federal government. The ruling that the federal government must recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ in states that recognize them raises as many questions as it answers. For example, what is the status of such couples under federal law if they move to another state that does not recognize their ‘marriage?’ This decision throws open the doors for whole new rounds of litigation.”
And yes, it will. Unfortunately for you, Perkins, there is something that you seem to forget- Loving v. Virginia. You see, Tony, just by clicking your ruby slippered heels together and going “we can still win, we can still win” will not save your cause. With DOMA largely down, the challenges under the standard set up by Loving v. Virginia means that those bans can go down in the courts. Though some will go down by the ballot- which is something you still can’t fight easily any more.
Of course, Perkins is not all that happy with how the Court ruled in Prop 8 saying:
“We are disturbed that the court refused to acknowledge that the proponents of Proposition 8 have standing to defend Proposition 8. This distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. The Court’s decision allows the executive branch to effectively veto any duly enacted law, simply by refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge. Ironically, by refusing to defend the law, California’s executive branch has also denied the nation any definitive ruling on the constitutionality of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Oh deary, deary me. Tony, there really isn’t much to say. You are starting to sound like someone who lost and can’t deal with it.
Perkins wraps up by saying:
“What is inevitable is that the male and female relationship will continue to be uniquely important to the future of society. The reality is that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad. We will continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture, which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married mother and father.”
“There’s no place like home”, huh? Well, the fact of the matter is that the deck is now stacked against Perkins and his crew. The thing is, all that has to happen now that DOMA has been gutted is that an LGBT couple gets married in Vermont, goes to Kansas, gets denied their rights, and sues under Loving. At which point, the marriage equality bans go down one at a time.
Tony, you’re starting to sound like Reverend Ian Paisley. If you can’t understand what I mean, read up on Gerry Adams.