Schadenfreude Alert

Jim Burroway

October 6th, 2014

The Family “Research” Council’s Tony Perkins says the sky is falling:

“Unfortunately, by failing to take up these marriage cases, the High Court will allow rogue lower court judges who have ignored history and true legal precedent to silence the elected representatives of the people and the voice of the people themselves by overturning state provisions on marriage. Even more alarming, lower court judges are undermining our form of government and the rights and freedoms of citizens to govern themselves. This judicially led effort to force same sex ‘marriage’ on people will have negative consequences for our Republic, not only as it relates to natural marriage but also undermining the rule of and respect for law.

“The Court decision ensures that the debate over natural marriage will continue and the good news is that time is not on the side of those who want to redefine marriage. As more states are forced to redefine marriage, contrary to nature and directly in conflict with the will of millions, more Americans will see and experience attacks on their religious freedom. Parents will find a wedge being driven between them and their children as school curriculum is changed to contradict the morals parents are teaching their children. As more and more people lose their livelihoods because they refuse to not just tolerate but celebrate same-sex marriage, Americans will see the true goal, which is for activists to use the Court to impose a redefinition of natural marriage on the entire nation.

Ryan T. Anderson is not throwing in the towel:

This is an unfortunate setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture. …Declining to review these cases does not speak one way or the other to the merits of the cases. But it does leave in place bad rulings from lower courts—and it will make it harder for courts to do the right thing in the future.

Nevertheless, as citizens, we must rally in support of our constitutional authority to pass laws making marriage policy. We must insist that law and culture promote the truth about marriage.

Neither is NOM’s Brian Brown:

…[G]iven what the Supreme Court has allowed to happen, the only alternative to letting unelected judges impose their view of marriage on Americans across the country is to pursue a process that will allow the American people to decide for themselves what is marriage. It is critical not only to marriage but to the republican form of government in this country to amend the Constitution to reaffirm the meaning of marriage. We therefore call on the US Congress to move forward immediately to send a federal marriage amendment to the states for ratification.

“We call upon Americans vigorously to contest this development by turning to the political process, starting with the upcoming mid-term elections. We urge voters to hold politicians accountable and demand to know if they will accept the illegitimate act of attempting to redefine marriage or whether they will stand with the American people to resist. In particular, we urge Republicans to hold their party leaders to account, and to demand that they remain true to their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman which was a pillar of the party’s founding in 1856, and remains essential to society’s well-being today.

Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), which is defending several of these states’ marriage bans, is doing all it can to keep that lipstick on the pig:

US Supreme Court holds off on taking up marriage issue

Monday, October 06, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday declining to hear cases involving marriage laws in several states, including petitions ADF attorneys filed in defense of Oklahoma’s and Virginia’s marriage laws:

“The court’s decision not to take up this issue now means that the marriage battle will continue. Several federal courts – including those in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th circuits – still have cases working their way to the Supreme Court. ADF will continue to remain a leader in the critical effort for the freedom of the people. The people should decide this issue, not the courts.”


October 6th, 2014

I’m surprised nobody’s made a Pontius Pilate reference yet.

Bose in St. Peter MN

October 6th, 2014

Again with the lazy chatter about civil disobedience from Mr. LaBarbera… Come on, if he was serious about it, this is rubber-meets-road time. He can haul himself to Oklahoma to lead protests at county courthouses with giant “God Hates Equality” banners. In order to get the “persecution” he desperately wants, though, he’s going to need hundreds of folks determined to block all access to courthouses… and even that wouldn’t bring out the water cannons he’s fond of mentioning.


October 6th, 2014

Tony (NO, MOTHER, BLOOD!!!) Perkins: “…the High Court will allow rogue lower court judges who have IGNORED history and TRUE LEGAL PRECEDENT to silence the elected representatives of the people and the voice of the people themselves by overturning state provisions on marriage.”
(emphasis added)

EXCUSE ME? The Windsor decision **IS** legal precedent, now, whether they like it or not. Sounds like he just wrote his entrance essay for the Regent “University” “Law School”.

William Fisher

October 6th, 2014

“It’s civil disobedience time in #Oklahoma + other states”

How is Peter LaBarbera going to express his civil disobedience? By not marrying another guy?


October 6th, 2014

It is so aggravating to hear the “disregarding rule of law/self governance” line. If the citizens of a state were to vote to disallow Christian marriages, these guys would be celebrating the “activist judges” who “disregard the will of the people.” Judges are only activist if the rule against a cause you support. Justices only disregard the rule of the people if the rule of the people was some bigoted claptrap you support. Thank God for courts that stand between minorities and a belligerent majority (even if I don’t always agree with their rulings). Majority rule is not good justification for enacting a law.


October 6th, 2014

Perkins writes, “by failing to take up these marriage cases, the High Court will allow rogue lower court judges…”

If the Supreme Court is upholding these lower courts’ judgments, they aren’t really “rogue,” now are they?


October 6th, 2014

Damn that inactivist Supreme Court!

Timothy Kincaid

October 6th, 2014

Gus, comments like that make me wish we had a “like” button

Ben in oakland

October 6th, 2014

I sent pretty much the same comment to the Chronicle about 4 hours ago. I’m going to sue gus for copyright infringement, except that I can’t seem to finish my happy dance.

I’d give worlds to have been a fly on the wall when SCOTUS decided they were going to step into this mess.

Jim Hlavac

October 6th, 2014

Gus — you won the internet today — “inactivist court” — hahaha!

meanwhile, the people are more worried about the lost of their jobs – they are utter failures in their declared tasks —

And not a one of them points out that gay men and women are paying taxes to fund the state lawyers against us in court — we’re paying for their side — and the ungrateful cads can’t even say thanks. Hell, if they were crafty they’d argue it was a conflict of interest for gay men to pay taxes to pay the salaries of those who fight us. I’m holding my breath on that one!

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