California's Marriage Amendment

Judge Walker Ignores People, Logic, Constitution To Advance Progressive Agenda In Prop 8 Decision

Wednesday, in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, federal Judge Vaughn Walker declared California's Marriage Amendment ("Proposition 8") unconstitutional, ruling that the state must allow same-sex marriage (see opinion, here). But, apparently, Judge Walker saw  "marriage" in the U.S Constitution, even though it is nowhere to be found there, which most people understand to mean that it is an issue for each state to decide (i.e., the 10th Amendment). However, there is a stay on the ruling through today, so that opponents of the decision can appeal it to a higher court and ask for a stay until that appeal is ruled upon.  This deplorable decision has the potential to gut the definition of marriage as well as the integrity of the democratic process — a single, unelected federal judge, undoing the votes of more than seven million Californians who voted for this state constitutional amendment in 2008. That November, when California voters chose Barack Obama for president (who has stated he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, see interview with Jake Tapper of ABC News), they also passed Proposition 8 (52 to 48 percent) declaring marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Sadly, when special interest groups fail to win either in the legislature or on the ballot, they turn to the courts to overturn the will of the people. This is precisely what happened in California. In fact, according to Dan McLaughlin at RedState.com (please read for a detailed analysis of Judge Walker's flawed "reasoning"), even in a bad year for conservatives: 

49 percent of white voters, 58 percent of black voters, 59 percent of Latino voters, 49 percent of women, 54 percent of men, 53 percent of independents and 67 percent of voters over age 65 voted in favor Proposition 8.

Can't get more diverse than that. Ironic, huh?

An accurately defined democratic process should not allow for a handful of activists to overturn what a majority has conclusively and legally decided. Fortunately, yesterday's opinion is far from final. Pro-family advocates have immediate plans to appeal the ruling to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. There is a good chance that the case eventually will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his opinion, Judge Walker singularly waived off as irrelevant any "moral and religious views [that] form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples." Some have called into question Judge Walker's impartiality, as he is openly homosexual. Adding to the skepticism, Judge Walker will rule on today's request to place a stay on his own ruling.

In Virginia, the homosexual lobby has lost time and time again, both on the ballot and in the General Assembly. While this activist judge is redefining the centuries-old meaning of marriage, the people of Virginia have stated very plainly that they don't want anything like that to happen here.

Counterfeit forms of marriage cheapen and undermine real marriage. The union of a man and a woman in a committed marriage is the foundation of a stable society. Social science is clear that men, women and children benefit far more in a stable, traditional family. That makes traditional marriage and family far too important to society to experiment with to advance a political agenda. Especially when it's done by one man against the will of seven million people.

Tony Perkins To Urge Conservatives To Stop Giving To RNC

The Politico has learned that influential Christian conservative Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, will urge conservatives in his next e-mail newsletter to stop donating money to the Republican National Committee. An episode in which RNC staffers spent $2,000 at a "lesbian bondage club" was the last straw. Mr. Perkins will write:

I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it: Don't give money to the RNC. If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values.

This latest incident is another indication to me the RNC is completely tone-deaf to the values and concerns of a large number of people they are seeking financial support from.

Another point of contention for Mr. Perkins, and perhaps much more serious, is that the RNC has hired attorney Ted Olson to represent it in a campaign finance case. Mr. Olson initiated a law suit of his own to overturn California's Marriage Amendment, a case that may have implications for the many state constitutional amendments and statutes that define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Also, not pleased with the tone deafness of the RNC and Chairman Michael Steele is major Republican donor and Christian conservative Mark DeMoss, who earlier announced that he no longer contributes to the RNC. The burgeoning boycott is bad news for the RNC, already reeling in irrelevancy from the independent conservative/libertarian Tea Party movement, and a lack of funds to funnel into targeted 2010 Congressional mid-term campaigns.

Virginia News Stand: May 19, 2009

Whadaya know? We lead off the news with two articles and a radio interview about TFF Action's General Assembly Report Card (click here to order, download or print). The WRVA interview marks the News Stand's first radio audio. The Charlottesville Daily Progress article is via the AP and is a little misleading when it says banning funding for embryonic stem cell research failed. It was not banned in a budget amendment, which is the vote recorded for the Report Card. But separate language, as part of another bill, did ban it. (To see more about the Report Card, click the following links for TFF Action's news release, statement and video.) In national news, California's Marriage Amendment ("Prop. 8") is under attack while a study shows abstinence education does better than so-called "comprehensive sex education," contrary to the liberal spin. Medical professionals conscience protections remain under assault by those who claim to promote "choice" and David Limbaugh offers his insights on the importance of understanding the role of abortion semantics in the public debate (we had our own take yesterday).

Finally, check out an interesting cultural item from OneNewsNow.com: Christianity may have a role in American Idol voting.

Audio:

*Victoria Cobb Interview: Saturday Morning With The Lee Brothers (4:52)(WRVA-AM/LeeBrothers.com)

News:

*Va. GOP fares best in Family Foundation scorecard (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

*Conservative group ranks regional legislators (Roanoke Times)

McAuliffe, Moran spar over support for Obama (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Moran rolls out "aging czar"; Deeds pushes energy plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Democratic primary: Voters won't have to wait this time (The Daily Press)

National News:

DOMA, Prop. 8 under attack in Calif. (OneNewsNow.com)

Abstinence ed 'outperforms' comprehensive sex ed (OneNewsNow.com)

The fight to preserve conscious laws (OneNewsNow.com)

Commentary:

Abortion Doublespeak Part Of Pattern (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

Is Christianity a factor in 'American Idol' voting? (OneNewsNow.com Blog)