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Religious right leaders rail against Virginia marriage equality ruling

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Friday, February 14, 2014

A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriagehas unsurprisingly stoked the ire of conservatives.


Family Research Council head Tony Perkins offered a typical rebuke of “activist judges” and the “arrogant judiciary,” and once again warned that marriage equality will in fact lead to unprecedented inequality.

It appears that we have yet another example of an arrogant judge substituting her personal preferences for the judgment of the General Assembly and 57 percent of Virginia voters. Our nation’s judicial system has been infected by activist judges, which threaten the stability of our nation and the rule of law.

This ruling comes on the heels of Attorney General Mark Herring’s refusal to fulfill his constitutional duty to defend the state’s marriage law. His lawlessness is an insult to the voters of Virginia who rightfully expected elected officials to uphold the laws and constitution of the state, not attack them as Herring has done.

An arrogant judiciary is only one of the major consequences of the drive to redefine marriage. Increasingly, Americans are being forced to finance and celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad. Rather than live-and-let-live, this court by redefining marriage will create a level of inequality that has never been seen in our country as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith,” concluded Perkins.


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Mathew Staver

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Liberty University Law School, which is based in Virginia, said the judge must not have ever read the Constitution.

“This decision is outrageous and legally flawed. Judges would be well-served to read the U.S. Constitution and not invent or rewrite it,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The Constitution cannot be changed by the stroke of a judge’s pen, nor does it bow to a judge’s personal ideology. The overwhelming majority of Virginia voters who make up ‘we the people’ voted to affirm natural marriage. Same-sex marriage, as a policy matter, sends the message that children do not need moms and dads. There is ample evidence that children fair best when raised with a mother and a father. Same-sex marriage is not the equivalent of natural marriage. Judges should be careful to render decisions grounded in the Constitution and the rule of law. Otherwise, judges and courts will render themselves impotent when the people lose confidence in the judicial system,” Staver continued.


ffvaThe Family Foundation of Virginia, meanwhile, blamed Valentine’s Day for the ruling, which the group says threatens “our entire social fabric.”

“The timing of this decision certainly calls into question Judge Wright Allen’s objectivity,” a Friday morning statement from the group stated. “This rushed release just prior to Valentine’s Day reeks of political show, making her ruling less a legal argument and more a press release. It’s disappointing that a federal judge would so blatantly expose her personal political agenda at the expense of not just marriage, but our entire social fabric.”

“Regardless of one’s stance on marriage, the people of Virginia were disenfranchised by this ruling as our voice and our vote that amended our Constitution have been rendered meaningless by a single federal judge with the assistance of our own Attorney General,” the Family Foundation statement read. “Protecting a timeless institution for the well-being of children was the will of the overwhelming majority of Virginians and this ruling denies this important state interest as it places the desires of adults over the outcomes of children.”


National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown said the “terrible decision” must be reversed:

This is another example of an Obama-appointed judge twisting the constitution and the rule of law to impose her own views of marriage in defiance of the people of Virginia. There is no right to same-sex ‘marriage’ in the United States constitution. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that states have the preeminent duty of defining marriage. The people of Virginia did just that in voting overwhelmingly to affirm marriage as the union of one man and woman. That decision should be respected by federal judges and we hope that the U.S. Supreme Court ends up reversing this terrible decision. This case also leaves a particular stench because of the unconscionable decision of Attorney General Mark Herring to not only abandon his sworn duty to defend the laws of the state, but to actually join the case against the very people he is duty-bound to represent.


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation blasted the “imperious federal judiciary” and the “liberal state apparatus,” warning that they are trying “to advance a social experiment that changes America from the nation that we know into something totally unrecognizable” and “will force you to support homosexual marriage.”

The case, if it can be appealed must be appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The problem is that appellate courts have to rule based on the record from the trial court. The record is the transcript of witnesses’ testimony and other evidence the trial judge heard.

With Virginia’s Attorney General refusing to defend the case, the case might not even be appealed and even if it is, the record may be very limited.

Once again, we see an imperious federal judiciary overruling the voters of a state to advance a social experiment that changes America from the nation that we know into something totally unrecognizable.

And with the striking down of this law, can the liberal state apparatus be far behind? That liberal state apparatus is the one that will force you to support homosexual marriage whether or not it conflicts with your religious beliefs.

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54 more reader comments:

  1. let them their heads will explode

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:51am
  2. It’s the 21st century. Why does religion have any credence, any sway, any right to bludgeon people who don’t agree. Flummoxed.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:52am
  3. Money.The only reason.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:15am
  4. Religious fanaticism is a disease!

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:52am
  5. of course

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:52am
  6. GOOD. Maybe they’ll have a unified heart attack!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:53am
  7. Obviously they are the ones who have never read the Constitution. Especially the 14th Amendment.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:53am
  8. Not surprised.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:53am
  9. Of course they do. I’m Pagan and guess what? Love is love.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:53am
  10. RepubliCAN’T and Religious have an issue??? No way!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:54am
  11. Sour grapes.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:55am
  12. Because conservatives are outstanding Christians hahahaha. I would actually take them seriously if they weren’t all lying hypocrites, or had read the constitution.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:57am
  13. And we expected less? Um NO!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:58am
  14. Such venom!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:58am
  15. Fuck them!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:59am
  16. Let them rail. My religious leader is rejoicing :-)

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:01am
  17. Let their heads explode!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:02am
  18. Once again, more money will be wasted on fighting a battle that’s already been decided on.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:04am
  19. Fuck em. Keep your faith-based religion out of my reality-based life. This is America. We’re SUPPOSED to have a seperation of church and state. Nobody is trying to get married in your fucking church. We know we’re not weelcome there anyway.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:05am
  20. Halelluja~~~~~~~ah ah ah !!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:06am
  21. Bunch of crazy-ass mother fuckers.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:06am
  22. Very succinctly put John.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:08am
  23. Aaw!! Poor babies didn’t get their way and now they’re throwing a hissy fit. Lots of hissy fits. You know what they say..get over it you babies. This makes me very happy.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:07am
  24. Remember when the uber religious were all against interracial marriage? It’s all legal now, as will gay rigs and marriage will be legal and part of our history.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:07am
  25. I try. Sometimes a burst of profane dismissal is the only way to go.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:12am
  26. Sue them for defamation of character.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:32am
  27. & so it was in the 50′s & 60′s. But the progress of justice hasn’t stopped.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:33am
  28. My response: GO TO HELL!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:36am
  29. Butt hurt is everywhere

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:37am
  30. Forget the Constitution. Read Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli. It will shut them up really fast!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:40am
  31. Bigotry and hate are losing, This is changing their way of life… Not because it changes their marriage or who they can love, rather who they can hate… If there is no one to hate they might have to work at fixing the real problems with the world..

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:40am
  32. Who cares…

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:43am
  33. How about you pay taxes before you embark on a stupid idea.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:44am
  34. These Right Wing Assholes of these Organizations can go fuck off.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:47am
  35. so much stupidity in one place has caused a failure of my mind to come up with a rebuttal worthy enough of being said

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:53am
  36. Their argument of “activist judges overruling the will of the people” is so tired and wrong. I’ll bet if we passed a law by 57% to ban opposite-sex marriage, they would all be clamoring for judges and the courts to declare that law unconstitutional.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:53am
  37. Maybe their heads will explode and we’ll be done with them once and for all.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:59am
  38. They can move to Russia.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:01am
  39. Who care about these guys? I want to know what the naked church has to say.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:05am
  40. Oh well

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:05am
  41. Fuck ‘em. The ruling has no effect on them.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:09am
  42. What is it about these morons who think this somehow threatens freedom of religion. As I recall, people of faith can worship and practice their faith without persecution. As I think about it, they are allowed a tax exempt status, even though many don’t meet the criteria for it. The problem here is that these religious zealots want a nation where their religious dogma is the rule of the nation and the rights of individuals are only respected by participating and being supportive of their religious doctrine and laws. They are so DUMB!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:10am
  43. They still think its the 1600′s

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:10am
  44. Live it

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:10am
  45. These articles should always be entitled, “Some Religious Leaders…” And the so-called leaders quoted aren’t even all from Virginia. The FRC is based in Colorado. No one voted on the rights of same sex couples to marry. I believe that the right to marry is one of those “inalienable rights” that we are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Good for this judge. She isn’t an activist; she is where most of the American people are.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:11am
  46. Cure for.Aids,change now,no more backwards ways,all gay no no life on Mother Earth.Real Kalki

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:12am
  47. Wow, same old lies and distorted facts. Millions of kids grow up father less, mother less and home less. Marriage equality will reduce those numbrrs dramatically. As for them paying for my marriage that’s a joke. They don’t even pay taxes and have their hands out taking money from people they railroad into believing their crap. As a matter of fact I pay taxes and infact contribute unwilling to their salaries. Equality will only improve poverty, reduce suicidal rates, take kids off the streets and unite people of all ethical backgrounds. The only people stopping this country ftom moving forward are people filled with hate and venom. Truly uneducated people who are unwilling to educate themselfs and see beyond their own narrow minds. Unbelievable how ignorant and bigoted some people can be.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:13am
  48. Of course!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:41am
  49. Haha they can move to russia love here’s the deal you can shove it up your ass equal rights is coming love you god good bye criminals once gays are accepted it will take one less excuse for wars and conflicts …

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:44am
  50. Such Jesus would vomit from his mouth = these bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:05am
  51. Don’t like Gay Marriage, don’t get one! Problem solved!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:30am
  52. Good.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:42am
  53. They can get over it.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 4:20am
  54. LOL

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 4:21am