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Anti-Gay Activists React to DOMA Announcement

Jim Burroway

February 23rd, 2011

Brian Brown from National Organization for Marriage lost his already limited capacity for original thought and channels John Paul Jones:

We have not yet begun to fight for marriage,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM.“The Democrats are responding to their election loss with a series of extraordinary, extra-constitutional end runs around democracy, whether it’s fleeing the state in Wisconsin and Indiana to prevent a vote, or unilaterally declaring homosexuals a protected class under our Constitution, as President Obama just did,” said Brown. “We call on the House to intervene to protect DOMA, and to tell the Obama administration they have to respect the limits on their power. This fight is not over, it has only begun!”

Maggie Gallagher chimes in:

On the one hand this is a truly shocking extra-constitutional power grab in declaring gay people are a protected class, and it’s also a defection of duty on the part of the President Obama,” said Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of NOM, “On the other hand, the Obama administration was throwing this case in court anyway. The good news is this now clears the way for the House to intervene and to get lawyers in the court room who actually want to defend the law, and not please their powerful political special interests.”

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, who charged that allowing same-sex marriages would lead to an epidemic of violent crime, called Obama the most divisive President in US History:

Regardless of President Obama’s own ideological agenda, as President, he and his Attorney General have a duty to defend lawfully passed legislation, especially when the essence of the law has been upheld by many courts. Thirty states have passed marriage amendments affirming marriage as one man and one woman. Today President Obama has abandoned his role as President of the United States and transformed his office into the President of the Divided States. He has been the most divisive president in American history. He has today declared war on the American people and the fundamental values that are shared by most Americans. His radicalism resulted in the historical push-back in the 2010 elections. His radicalism today will come back around when the people respond to this betrayal in 2012,” said Staver.

Focus On the Family’s Tom Minnery wants Congressional Republicans to drop whatever they’re doing and pick up the flag:

“We would hope Congress uses the tools at its disposal to counter this decision and defend marriage,” Minnery said.

What should Congress do? Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins wants Congress to take Holder’s bait by dropping their “only interested in the deficit” mantra and reveal what many suspect to be their true colors:

“With this decision the President has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Congress. It is incumbent upon the Republican leadership to respond by intervening to defend DOMA, or they will become complicit in the President’s neglect of duty,” concluded Perkins.

American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who recently said that he would “fight to the last ditch” for marriage discrimination, has Perkins’s back:

“I think it’s a clear sign that we simply cannot avoid engaging on the social issues,” Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the group, told TPM. “Mitch Daniels has called for a truce on social issues and that would be fine if the homosexual lobby was willing to lay down arms, but they’re obviously not and this proves it. A truce is nothing more than a surrender.”

So far, House Speaker John Boehner is staying on message and has declined to take the bait:

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized the administration change of position. “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation,” said spokesman Brendan Buck.

Update: Potential GOP Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee found a clever way to blame gay marriage for increasing the deficit:

Nonetheless, Huckabee opposes gay marriage on the grounds that, according to him, it destroys traditional families.  “There is a quantified impact of broken families,” Huckabee said. “[There is a] $300 billion dad deficit in America every year…that’s the amount of money that we spend as taxpayers to pick up the pieces because dads are derelict in their duties.”

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homer
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Gay Marriage caused my ancestor, Perlina (Davis)(Streeter)Porter to divorce her husband back in 1885. It also caused the Great Depression. And World War I. And the impeding Space Alien invasion.

See, I can make up garbage just like Mike Huckabee.

Edwin
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Where do these idiots get the idea that we don’t have the same rights as they do. We are still part of the human race . Just be cause we love someone with the same sex. What we do in our life isn’t any of their business. We don’t tell them how to live and aren’t trying to take their rights. All of these people think we are causing divorces are crazy. If they would stay home and take care of their own business and butt out of everybody’s this country would be better off.
Maggie Gallgher and all her croney’s need to get back into their closets and let every body get own with their own lives. In other words BUTT OUT!!!

Mark F.
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Still waiting for the first intelligent comment from the anti-gay side.

Iamposterity
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Um… “does treat others the way you want to be treated” ring a bell to any of these people?

I am so excited to see how all this washes out!

Spartann
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

The operative question now being, “What’s up?”
In case you didn’t hear, during today’s daily WH presser, Jay Carney said, and I quote, ” The president is obligated to enforce the law but he will no longer defend it in federal court.”

Carney went on by letting the press corps know the president’s view on the constitutionality of the law had changed. But Obama’s personal views on the legality of same-sex marriage were still evolving.

Alright, so you tell me, which side of his mouth is Obama speaking out of now? If the law is so blatantly unconstitutional, why has Obama put himself into an indefensible position by just walking away from it? He’s not doing same sex couples any justice, and proponents of DOMA will immediately move to strengthen their own positions.

As a candidate, you’ll remember Obama said, “marriage is between a man and a woman”… Then after taking office, and for the last 2 years, he’s defended the law in court. So what are we to believe now, that he woke up on a Wednesday morning in February and suddenly said “Eureka”???? Even the crew over at the Human Rights Campaign office got caught with their pants down, when the WH called them with a heads up one hour before making the announcement.

Yeah sure, in defense of the administration position today, some will say Obama’s DOJ has haphazardly defended the law…. But surely you have to see today’s move by the administration is just more political theatre meant to placate the Left when his numbers are falling. Come on, you know Obama is one for coming up with a wedge issue that will distract while at the same time score a few points with people he’s angered in his base.

This time however, Obama may have shot himself in the foot. Because while making some on the Left crack a smile with his move today, he’s probably made an even bigger impact by pissing off the opposition and helping to strengthen their resolve going into 2012.

Rob in San Diego
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

I just love how Huckabee thinks that it’s teh gay’s fault that straight fathers are derelict in their duties. Is that because they believe that homosexuals should pretend to be straight and have families? Wouldn’t their be less derelict fathers if we just allowed gays to be gays and not pretend to be straight?

So much for the tea baggers believing that there should be less government telling us how to run our lives as Americans.

I think Maggie is right, gays should be hunted down, and exterminated since we are not a protected class. Maybe we can have a good old fashion Salem Gay trial and all be burned at the stake. (That’s sarcasm for those who don’t understand.)

Spartann
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

to Timothy Kinkaid…

Please point to where I have ever said, “I’m against same sex marriage?”

You can’t. So don’t waste your time making more false accusations.

Now had you said I’m against Obama…. I wouldn’t argue you the point. For starters, I don’t like his Chicago/South Side style of politicking….and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Spartann
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Hey Timothy Kincaid…

What’s the matter, did you have a sudden attack of conscience and delete your own snide remark you?

Timothy Kincaid
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

OK. If you say so.

I know the whole “you can’t point to where I’ve said X” game. Of course, you’re careful never to actually SAY x, just dance around it, imply it, whine about those who disagree with it, etc.

I don’t much care. I have little respect for games players or what they think.

(oh, and for what it’s worth, my comment which I decided was unnecessary did not claim that you are “against same sex marriage”, just fired up about opposing it: “Don’t worry, Spartann, most of his opposition is a lot less fired up about opposing marriage equality than you are.”

See, aren’t “you said” games stupid and pointless.)

John
February 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Does anyone know how Congress can intervene in this lawsuit? Can the House act on its own or does the Senate have to concur in this?

BlackDog
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

“…and it’s also a defection of duty on the part of the President Obama”

Hey Maggie, the President doesn’t work for you…or just for your kind of people, so shut the hell up.

Audrey the Liberal
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

Huckabee is a monstrous chimera, a perverse assemblage of left-wing big government welfare/nannyism, and right-wing social conservatism/paternalism. If the bowels of hell were to open up, and Suckabee were to secure the Republican nomination for President, it might force me to do something that even the thought of causes me to vomit in my own mouth: Vote for Obama.

Priya Lynn
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

You don’t sound like much of a liberal Audrey.

Désirée
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

Audrey could mean “clssical liberal” i.e. libertarian as liberal used to mean someone against big government in all forms, at least until the progressives co-opted the term and forced classic liberals to coin the term libertarian.

Priya Lynn
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

Oh yeah, I’ve never heard of that definition of liberal – must be an American thing.

BlackDog
February 24th, 2011 | LINK

I don’t know, a lot of liberals ARE pretty unhappy with Obama…justifiably so I think since it took him almost two years to get around to acting on a lot of his campaign promises.

Audrey the Liberal
March 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Désirée is super correct.

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