Religious Right Tantrum Over Virginia Marriage Decision
Monday's decision by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, marked the birth of the marriage equality movement to a yet impenetrable east coast bible belt state. And with the event, came the inevitable after-birth -- the religious right wing temper tantrum.
Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group Family Research Council had this to say of the ruling:
"Of the two-to-one Virginia marriage ruling, Peter Sprigg, FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, said:
"In joining the judicial stampede to redefine marriage, the court not only radically departs from natural law and human history but omits altogether, as noted in the dissent, the 'necessary constitutional analysis.'
"The court ruling defines the 'right to marry' so broadly that it raises the question whether the logic would allow society to maintain any coherent definition of marriage. Judge Paul Niemeyer in his dissent noted that the court did not 'anticipate or address the problems' with expanding the definition so broadly that it could 'encompass the right of a father to marry his daughter or the right of any person to marry multiple partners.'
"While the Left continues to use the federal courts as the means to fulfill their radical social agenda, the courts will not have the final say. They cannot change natural law and the fact that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad," concluded Sprigg."
The Daily Press reports Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall (R-Prince William,) who sponsored the bill that led to the state's marriage ban, had this to say:
""In the long run, advocates and defenders of so-called same-sex marriage are their own best undertakers for their hubris in attempting to deny and defy the laws of Nature and Nature's God, by which nations and cultures around the world have recognized for millennia that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,"
The Daily Press further reports that Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-Norge) who also campaigned for the ban said:
"As a Christian with a biblical worldview, I believe the term marriage describes a divine covenant between a man and woman that was introduced thousands of years ago in the scriptures. Marriage is a sacramental rite traditionally administered in the church. As such, I prefer the traditional definition,"
Let's hope there is a lot of room in the "time out" corner, as more right-wing temper tantrums are sure to come.
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