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FRC urges Congress to ‘pressure the Supreme Court’ on marriage cases

By Peter Montgomery| Right Wing Watch
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Family Research Council has launched what it is describing as “an ambitious, no-holds-barred campaign to keep marriage as between one man and one woman and preserve the American family.”

The FRC is worried about two cases before the Supreme Court that will have “a lasting impact on the very soul of our nation” — one on California’s Proposition 8 and one on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

In a direct-mail piece dated on Valentine’s Day, FRC President Tony Perkins said it is important to get members of Congress “to pressure the Supreme Court to come down on the right side of marriage.”

Recipients of the letter are encouraged to sign petitions to their representative and senators to urge them to “PRESSURE THE SUPREME COURT TO RULE IN FAVOR OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE!”

The text of the petition:

[Representative/Senator], as one of your constituents, I ask that you please use your influence to urge the Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act and state statutes banning same-sex “marriage.” The covenant marriage relationship between one man and one woman is a universally accepted social tradition that transcends all cultures and predates any religion. It is essential for procreation and the stability of society. I respectfully request that you do all in your power to urge the Court to uphold traditional marriage. Thank you for your service to our country.

The letter also recycles some of the same false claims that FRC and its allies made about federal hate crimes legislation, suggesting the advance of marriage equality will lead to the federal government dictating what pastors can preach about homosexuality or prosecuting those who preach against same-sex marriage.

Perkins also claims – falsely  – that the “vast majority of Americans do not want to see marriage redefined” and “the vast majority of voters are against the legitimization of same-sex ‘marriage.’”

Actually, a majority of Americans supports marriage equality, according to recent polls by Gallup, Wall Street Journal/NBC, Washington Post/ABC, and CBS News.

But what difference do facts make to Tony Perkins?

He says that if the Supreme Court were to support marriage equality, it would be “siding with an extreme minority and defying the will of the majority.” That’s why, he says, “the justices need to know up front that this majority will be anything but ‘silent.’”

FRC’s new “Marriage Preservation Initiative” is, of course, not the first effort to recognize, in Perkins’ words, that, “—espite the fact that Supreme Court justices have a reputation for being independent, they, too, are political and can be influenced by public pressure.”

Back in 2010, after a district court ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional, the late Chuck Colson launched his own campaign to convince the justices that a pro-marriage-equality ruling would lead to “cultural Armageddon.”

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11 more reader comments:

  1. They should not be worried at this point… they should be scared shitless!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:36pm
  2. This man is sick (and a closet case if ever there was one!)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:42pm
  3. theoretically, the Constitution prevents Congress from “influencing” the courts in any way. so good luck with that.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:53pm
  4. This guy doesn’t understand the concept of separation of power set up in the Constitution. The Supreme Court is an individual branch of the government not to be pressured by any other branch.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:57pm
  5. This battle for our full civil equality …should not have to be fought in the first place…but we are here and we will not rest until we have won!! 15,000,000 Americans cannot be denied their equality any longer.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:59pm
  6. STFU Perkins. Keep your bigoted nose out of SCOTUS business

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  7. I can hear them crying all the way over here in Europe. Conservatism is losing.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:53pm
  8. Americans have the right to free speech, including attempts to influence our politicians. I have signed many, many petitions & letters asking elected officials to promote my point of view (or oppose someone else’s). FRC members have the same right. We have government of checks and balances with three components. This is why. I pray the Court will support same sex marriage rights and that we will be able to end DOMA. But I won’t ask people not to express their opinions – or to stop appealing to politicians to take a stand.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:23pm
  9. @Roberta. I agree with you about the right to “free speech”, however, are you aware of the numerous time the FRC has used their right to free speech to construct and pass along hate speech through downright lies? That just isn’t what was meant when they talked about free speech. I do LOVE that you are you are for equality, but just had to say something.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  10. His hate will fizzle out. He’s a true Fascist.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:21pm
  11. Just plain disgusting what the Family Research Council is doing. Now they want Congress to go against the US Constitution, to put pressure on the U.S. Suprene Court? What are they crazy? No, don’t answer that… we already know they are bat sh** crazy already in their pathetic vile hatred of LGBT etc.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:10pm