Tuesday's decision is a milestone for the struggle for LGBT equality, and I hope the ruling has a wider policy impact. Predictably, anti-LGBT voices from the right are less than thrilled.
- In a February 8th blog post at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) website, executive director Brian S. Brown claimed that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges " decreed themselves to be the supreme overlords of the people." Unhappy that the judges had allegedly invalidated millions of Californians' vote, Brown framed the ruling as an affront to the American founders. (See www[dot]nomblog[dot]com/19061/)
"Not only must our founding fathers be rolling over in their graves with the preposterous notion that marriage is unconstitutional, but the ruling is an affront to the millions of Americans—the vast majority of the nation—who recognize that man does not have the right to redefine marriage. After all, how can federal judges redefine something that man didn't create?"- In a February 7th statement at the Concerned Women for America website, CEO Penny Nance called the decision "a new low" for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, accusing it of disregarding the Constitution and the will of the voters. (See www[dot]cwfa[dot]org/content.asp?id=20901)
"Our experiences have shown us, as science proves, that the best environment for children to develop as productive members of our society is in a home where there is a mother and a father who love them and each other unconditionally. Yet with a stroke of the pen these three judges have undermined the foundations of the family and liberty."- In a February 7th press release, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called the decision "disappointing" and an act of "judicial tyranny." Perkins painted the decision as a "Hollywood-funded lawsuit, which seeks to impose San Francisco values on the entire country." (See www[dot]frc[dot]org/newsroom/family-research-council-criticizes-ninth-circuit-ruling-to-overthrow-definition-of-marriage)
- In a statement at his website, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum lambasted the decision as one of many "radical activist rulings by this rogue circuit." He accused the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of ignoring the will of the people, adding that the country cannot have "50 different definitions of marriage." (Hat tip to the Advocate. See www[dot]ricksantorum[dot]com/pressrelease/santorum-responds-proposition-8-ruling)
For additional commentary, visit the following links.
Media Matters: O'Reilly: Ruling Striking Down Prop 8 Is "Judicial Activism"
Freak Out Nation: Proposition 8 Ruled as Unconstitutional, NOM Has a Hissy Fit
Huffington Post: Proposition 8 Ruling Prompts Outpouring of Political Reaction