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Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. Also, today, a federal judge has struck down Indiana’s marriage discrimination law. Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, reacts:

While disturbing, today’s rulings come as no surprise given the
rising disdain for the rule of law promoted by the Obama administration. …

While judges can, by judicial fiat, declare same-sex ‘marriage’
legal, they will never be able to make it right. The courts, for all
their power, can’t overturn natural law. What they can do is incite a
movement of indignant Americans, who are tired of seeing the foundations
of a free and just society destroyed by a handful of black-robed
tyrants. …

As we saw with Roe v. Wade in 1973 …

I gave Perkins’ statements a drivelectomy without affecting context. The “black-robed tyrants” thing is getting old, if not useless. As for making same-sex marriage “right,” that is a religious opinion. My mother did not think that eating pork was right. So what? Given that Perkins has connections to the Klan, I find it ironic that he would resort to an argument based on natural law. Natural law provided the foundation for slavery in this country and then segregation.

Indignant Americans and Roe v. Wade? I don’t think so. After more than a decade in Massachusetts there are no consequences from same-sex marriage. There’s really nothing for anyone to get worked up about. We’re not forcing anyone to marry someone of the same sex. Have we seen a popular uprising in any of the states that recognize same-sex marriage? Indeed, support for marriage equality increases after states permit same-sex marriage. Perhaps that is what Perkins really fears the most. FRC is heavily invested in marriage discrimination. If it turns out that nobody gives a crap once it becomes a legal reality then all of that time and money (along with credibility) goes down a sink hole.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.