Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marriage Strikes Out In The Ninth

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council Action: Most Americans expect absurd rulings from the Ninth Circuit Court -- and the judges didn't disappoint! Led by activist in chief, Stephen Reinhardt, the three-judge panel scrapped the marriage laws of two more states just 24 hours after the Supreme Court left voters vulnerable to the benches' attacks.

Reinhardt is one of the most overturned judges in U.S. history, whose portfolio includes striking down the Pledge of Allegiance because it "indoctrinates our nation's children with a state-held religious belief." Yesterday's opinion, however, is one of the most vicious yet. Reinhardt rips into the majority of Americans who believe children deserve (and need) a mom and a dad. "This proposition," (which incidentally, is rooted in years of social science data), "reflects a crass and callous view of parental love and the parental bond," Reinhardt rants, "that is not worthy of response."

How typically liberal. Instead of encouraging debate, he shuts it down. Like most on the Left, he wants to attack the majority who hold these views and silence them because he knows the facts aren't on his side. If they were, Reinhardt and his colleagues would have welcomed the fair discussion they say they want. Instead, their liberalism becomes a cloak for narrow-mindedness -- the very thing "progressives" pretend to reject.

Keep in mind the collateral damage done by these non-elected judges to voters, who are disenfranchised by the millions, and our system of representative government. "The lessons of our constitutional history are clear," Reinhardt preached in his opinion, "inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions." If only the Constitution were part of his "inclusion," which is clear about the people's right to self-govern. Forty-one million Americans have successfully passed marriage amendments in their states. That's 12 times more than the number of voters who've managed to redefined marriage by referendum (Maine, Maryland, and Washington).

For all of the media's hype and the Left's stale talking points, the reality is that only three states have actively endorsed laws to redefine marriage at the ballot box. Together, they represent only 4.5 percent of the U.S. population. If that's a "growing consensus" on same-sex "marriage," you could have fooled us! Maybe that's why state leaders are so incensed. Outside the bubble of the Beltway, they've taken their state's pulse on same-sex "marriage," and it's a far cry from the cultural revolution the Left claims it is.

And the polling bears that out. As more people see the fallout for couples like the Kleins and Giffords, it becomes about a lot more than just "two people who love each other." More Americans are getting cold feet on the idea, Pew says, with the bottom starting to fall out for the Left's cause. In a matter of months, support for same-sex "marriage" dipped five points -- from 54 percent to 49 percent, which is consistent with what both Politico and Rasmussen are tracking.

Obviously, these arrogant judges are only stoking the fires of voters who already feel disenfranchised by this President's "go-it-alone" approach on everything from health care to Iraq. His allergy to the rule of law was sure to impact the midterm elections, but with the courts piling on, this two-branch tyranny could have ramifications well into the presidential debate. Most of the top tier GOP candidates came out fighting for marriage, including Gov. Mike Huckabee, who joined sitting Governors Nikki Haley (R-S.C.), Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), Pat McCrory (R-N.C.), and Matt Meade (R-Wy.) in decrying the courts' indifference.

"It is shocking that many elected officials, attorneys and judges think that a court ruling is the "final word,'" Huckabee said. "It most certainly is not. The courts are one branch of government, and equal to the other two, but not superior to either and certainly not to both. Even if the other two branches agree with the ruling, the people's representatives have to pass enabling legislation to authorize same sex marriage, and the President (or Governor in the case of the state) has to sign it. Otherwise, it remains the court's opinion. It is NOT the 'law of the land' as is often heralded."

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