In a press release issued this afternoon, National Organization for Marriage has “condemned” the United States Supreme Court. Seriously. If there was even an opportune time for NOM to shut the fuck up, this was it. From Brian Brown we get:
National Organization for Marriage Condemns US Supreme Court for Not Reviewing Lower Court Rulings Imposing the Redefinition of Marriage
We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. First, the entire idea that marriage can be redefined from the bench is illegitimate. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman; it has been this throughout the history of civilization and will remain this no matter what unelected judges say. Second, it’s mind-boggling that lower court judges would be allowed to impose the redefinition of marriage in these states, and our highest court would have nothing to say about it. Third, the effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’ has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently. That’s the absurd belief we are being told to accept.
This goes on and on with additional quotes from Brown. Brown’s first two “wrongs” are the usual idiocy that has been thoroughly exhausted. They amount to Catholic teachings and “legislating from the bench” respectively.
Brown’s third point is something new from NOM-world. At least it is somewhat fresh. Actually, though, Justice Scalia made this claim during oral arguments in the Proposition 8 trial. In point of fact it is correct that a right to same-sex marriage has existed since 1868. However, that right has not been demanded until societal changes over the last ten years brought the matter to light. The “nobody noticed” idea is just an argument from ignorance. Moreover, there is nothing “absurd” about the conclusion.
NOM will continue to devote all our energy and resources to stand for the truth of marriage, and to advocate the importance of preserving it. While we are disappointed in what has happened today, we are not defeated or dispirited. Indeed, we are determined …
In other words, “please continue to send us money ’til the bitter (but inevitable) end.”