Schadenfreude Alert: Liberty Counsel STILL Blames ADF For Prop 8 Decision

Jim Burroway

August 18th, 2010

Almost immediately after U.S. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker handed down his decision declaring California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional, Matt Staver’s Liberty Counsel, which is closely aligned with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, blamed the Alliance Defense Fund for losing the case. As I said earlier, you can tell Staver was furious because they didn’t get around to blaming it on judicial activism until the final paragraph of their statement. Now, they’ve taken their cat fight to the Canadian Catholic LifeSiteNews:

According to Staver, the ADF “basically gave away the essence of the case, because they wanted to shy away from homosexuality and really were not willing to take the issue directly head on.”

The ADF wished to stipulate, he said, that counseling some homosexuals to change could be harmful, that homosexual partners form long and lasting relationships, and that homosexuality does not impair any area of life. Liberty Counsel was not willing to do so.

Regardless of the reason that the ADF opposed Liberty Counsel’s entrance, the attitude that the ADF wished to project towards the court was reflected in the witnesses they planned on calling: at least three seemed to think that homosexuality, in itself, was perfectly fine.

Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson had been slated to testify before the court for the proponents of Proposition 8, but they were both withdrawn before they did so. Advocates of same-sex “marriage,” however, used Young’s and Nathanson’s videotaped depositions to help bolster their own arguments.

That last point actually bolsters ADF’s objections to having Liberty Counsel as co-defendants for Prop 8. Given that the plaintiffs were so successful in citing the Liberty Counsel’s own favored tactic so well to bolster their arguments against Prop 8, it’s almost a shame that Liberty Counsel was not allowed to intervene.

marcus

August 18th, 2010

Awww… I’m kinda bummed that Liberty Counsel didn’t get involved. I would have paid good money to watch Matt Staver blather on to Judge Walker about how “homosexual partners” are incapable of forming “long and lasting relationships.”

They would have made the animus case a slam dunk, that’s for sure!

Timothy Kincaid

August 18th, 2010

Sigh… a missed opportunity. With any luck they would have quoted Paul Cameron and Scott Lively.

I would love to see the Proponents try to wiggle around how they aren’t based on animus after WWII historians skewered them on the Nazi nuttiness.

Gus

August 18th, 2010

Ummm, you don’t blatantly want to show animus when you are arguing there is no animus.

Jon

August 18th, 2010

With luck, they would have put Scott Lively on the stand.

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