Last week the Supreme Court delivered twin rulings on gay rights, striking down the section of DOMA relating to federal benefits for same-sex couples, and letting stand a lower court ruling that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Of course, right-wing bigots have taken to the Internet to register their disgust with the Court.
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), writing on FoxNews.com, says that
“The Supreme Court has blown it, rewarding corrupt public officials and judges and invalidating the right of the people of California to define marriage in the way that marriage has actually existed throughout human history – the union of one man and one woman.”
Regarding the DOMA decision, Brown warns that
“The ruling will force the federal government to recognize same-sex relationships as “marriages” in the few outlier states that have bought into the lie and rejected thousands of years of history and common sense.”
Brown does at least acknowledge that the DOMA ruling will not affect states where same-sex marriages are not allowed (“for now”).
The Catholic League’s Bill Donahue characterized the Supreme Court’s rulings as part of a larger assault on religious liberty, while Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the rulings “a profound injustice.”
Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, accused the Court of “judicial activism” and of “legislating from the bench.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has followed through on his promise to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Huelskamp previously condemned the rulings, saying that “A narrow radical majority of the court has substituted their personal views for the constitutional decisions of the American voters and their elected representatives.”
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann responded to the rulings by proclaiming that “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer went into full-on persecution mode, tweeting that “The fight for religious liberty is now the civil rights battle of today, as racial equality was for MLK”, and that “The first county clerk in CA who refuses to issue a sodomy-based marriage license is our next Rosa Parks.”
Running with the theme of Christian persecution, Fischer compared the Supreme Court to the Nazis, called the DOMA decision the “greatest threat to the 1st Amendment in history”, and proclaimed that the U.S. was no longer “a constitutional republic.”
Fischer also tweeted that the DOMA ruling “has now made the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, incest and bestiality inevitable.”
And if you were ever wondering just how much stupidity a person could cram into 140 characters, Fischer also tweeted this dubious defense of anti-gay bigotry: “We’re the ones who believe in inclusiveness and diversity: every marriage should include both genders. SSMers are sexists.” (You can’t make this shit up!)
Fischer wasn’t the only one to bring up bestiality. During an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Senator Rand Paul wondered whether the Supreme Court’s rulings could lead to humans marrying animals:
“And I think this is a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further – does it have to be humans? You know?”
Fischer also wasn’t the only one to compare the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling to the infamous Dred Scott decision.
Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver made the comparison on a conservative talk show, where he proclaimed that United States v. Windsor would go down in history with other “illegitimate decisions” such as Dred Scott, Korematsu v. United States, and Buck v. Bell.
Notorious anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly compared DOMA to Dred Scott in a column for WorldNetDaily, writing that “the Supreme Court justices acted like supremacists who used their power to dictate public policy, overturn what has been our marriage law for centuries and insult anyone who disagrees.”
Townhall.com columnist Rebecca Hagelin wrote that the gay marriage decisions “put the Supreme Court in the role of supreme moralizer, free to disregard the Constitution and the will of the American people.” Hagelin also took exception to Justice Kennedy’s “demonization” of same-sex marriage opponents:
“[Kennedy] drew the absurd conclusion that defining marriage as the union of a man and woman “must be intended” to “inflict an “injury and indignity” on gay couples so severe that it denies “an essential part of the liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment.” In other words, the majority of the Supreme Court has contemptuously slapped the “bigot” label on all believers in traditional marriage.”
Yet another Townhall.com columnist, Robert Knight, also condemned Kennedy’s (accurate) characterization of same-sex marriage opponents as anti-gay bigots. Said Knight:
“By accusing traditional marriage backers of being motivated only by animus against homosexuals, the U.S. Supreme Court has become the most prominent hate group in the country.”
Knight added that “It’s hateful to defame people by falsely accusing them of bigotry.” (News flash: If you support government recognition of opposite-sex marriage but not same-sex marriage, you are a homophobic bigot. End of story.)
In a guest column for One News Now, conservative activist Star Parker accuses the Supreme Court of rejecting “biblical tradition,” writing that:
“[S]ame-sex marriage is about much more than marriage. It is a deliberate and conscious assault on religion and all traditional values. We have only two options. Turn back to where we belong — or watch the continuing collapse of our country.”
Conservative Christian columnist Marvin Olasky warned that the Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings will lead to persecution of Christians:
“Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s declaration that all who oppose same-sex marriage are haters, the only thing that will keep Christ-haters from giving Christians a choice of silence or jail will be the social left’s sense of what it can get away with.”
Colorado pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner took to the radio to claim that the Supreme Court’s rulings will lead to “cross-species” marriages as well as marriages involving inanimate objects. Swanson and Buehner also accused gay rights activists of wanting to “drag feces all over one of the most beautiful things God has created.”
In an opinion piece for The Washington Times, Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse lamented that
“the Supreme Court rulings fly in the face of a growing mountain of social science research showing that the best household arrangement for children is a married mom and dad. It contradicts centuries of experience across time and cultures for the best family structure for strong nations. It represents a national experiment in social reconstruction at the expense of our children’s futures and the future of America. These decisions repudiate — with a vengeance — the sacred trust of the Founders who built this great nation “under God” and on a foundation of Judeo-Christian principles that have stood the test of time.”
Like Hagelin and Knight, Crouse also took issue with Justice Kennedy’s negative characterization of same-sex marriage opponents:
“Justice Kennedy contemptuously declared that all who support the traditional definition of marriage are haters; supporters of marriage as between one man and one woman for life are disparaging, injuring, degrading, demeaning and humiliating homosexuals — in spite of the fact that marriage between one man and one woman has been unquestioned “in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history.”
To summarize: Activist Supreme Court justices have overruled “the will of the people” (despite the fact that polls showed majority support for same-sex marriage as early as two years ago) by substituting their own personal pro-gay agendas in place of constitutional law (while somehow forgetting to recognize a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage). Same-sex marriage is bad because it will lead to people marrying their iPhones, which will bring about the end of civilization (citation needed). Also, because God says so. (What about those of us who don’t believe in God?) And despite what the left says, religious conservatives are the most tolerant people who ever lived, while gays are the real bigots, and same-sex marriage is just a plot to destroy Christianity. Also, same-sex marriage violates the separation of church and state.
With arguments like these, it’s no wonder that the anti-gay bigots are losing.