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NOM responds

Timothy Kincaid

December 7th, 2012

The National Organization for (heterosexual only) Marriage has issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari on the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.

“We believe that it is significant that the Supreme Court has taken the Prop 8 case,” said John Eastman, NOM’s chairman and former Dean (and current professor) at Chapman University School of Law. “We believe it is a strong signal that the Court will reverse the lower courts and uphold Proposition 8. That is the right outcome based on the law and based on the principle that voters hold the ultimate power over basic policy judgments and their decisions are entitled to respect.”

Eastman quit the Dean position to run for Attorney General. He lost badly with only 34% of the primary vote.

He also opined about DOMA(3)

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court will review lower-court decisions that invalidate the judgment of the U.S. Congress to define marriage as one man and one woman,” Eastman said. “It’s not the job of federal judges to substitute their views for the policy judgments of the people’s duly elected representatives. We believe the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn this exercise in judicial activism and stop federal judges from legislating from the bench on the definition of marriage. We’re confident the Court will uphold DOMA.”

Which makes me wonder what Eastman thinks is the job of federal judges. It also makes me think that he is likely a phenomenally poor predictor of SCOTUS results. Or indisposed to truthfulness.



December 8th, 2012 | LINK

He’s head of an organization that has no grassroots support, is losing its funding, and has been defeated on almost every initiative it’s pursued this year. NOM seems to rely very heavily on the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies, so Eastman’s reaction to the granting of cert in the marriage cases is no surprise. What would be a surprise would be a statement that actually referred to the issues.

December 8th, 2012 | LINK

Given NOM’s record this year, I find Mr. Eastman’s predictions to be encouraging. They got four elections wrong, despite every public statement being about how they knew what the voters would do. Mr. Eastman will forgive me for doubting he is a confidante of any Supreme Court justice. Not that I need his forgiveness for thinking he’s an idiot.

Neon Genesis
December 8th, 2012 | LINK

Of course if the Supreme Court does decide to overturn DOMA, then NOM will change their tune and start blaming the evil liberal activist judges.

December 8th, 2012 | LINK

NOM’s Press releases are tragic these days. They sound like Karl Rove predicting a victory for Mitt Romney based on internal polling numbers.

December 8th, 2012 | LINK

“Or indisposed to truthfulness.” Timothy, you must be filled with Holiday kindness to state that so gently.

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