Right-Wingers: Court Doesn't Change God's Law
BY Trudy Ring
June 26 2013 11:55 AM ET
Citing God, the Bible, and the supposed best interests of children, leaders of the right wing was quick to condemn today’s Supreme Court rulings, but some also tried to put a positive spin on them.
Minnesota congresswoman and former presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann, one of the leading opponents of marriage equality, issued a statement soon after the rulings came out.
“Marriage was created by the hand of God,” she said. “No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations.
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people’s representatives through DOMA. What the court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”
Tim Huelskamp, a Republican congressman from Kansas, offered similar sentiments when speaking to reporters outside the court building. “The courts have allowed the desires of adults to trump the needs of our children,” he said, saying kids need a parent of each gender, and same-sex marriage denies them this. He also contended the rulings were contradictory, with the Defense of Marriage Act ruling saying states have the right to define marriage, but the Proposition 8 decision saying they don’t.
Also speaking outside the court, Evangelical Church Alliance spokesman Rob Schenck said the rulings “do not change biblical or timeless truth.”
“The Supreme Court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage,” he said. That authority belongs to the creator.”
However, he appeared to praise the DOMA ruling in one respect, in that it countered the federal government’s authority to interfere with state matters. “Another tooth has been extracted from the federal monster,” he said.
He also said, “The public conversation over marriage continues, and that is a good thing,” adding, “Today’s decisions are an invitation to look at same-sex couples and families differently,” with evangelicals being called upon to “minister” to them.
Activists with the American Family Association were not so sanguine. "As a country, if God's judgment has not been upon us before this, God's judgment will be," Fred Jackson said on an AFA radio broadcast. Sandy Rios, being interviewed by Jackson on the phone, said she kept hearing shouts of "DOMA's dead," adding, "I thought that was pretty metaphorical, marriage is kind of dead too, for the future of this country."
The National Organization for Marriage called the rulings "illegitmate" and said they created "a stench."