Ack! Activist Legislators Thwarting the Will of the People…
Yes E.D., they found a way to spin it, and here we go…
By only one vote, the Vermont House just voted to override Governor Douglas’s veto, overturning the common sense definition of marriage shared by people of diverse faiths, backgrounds, nations, and political parties. Today is truly a sad day for Vermont and this nation.
But we take heart in knowing that this vote was not representative of what Vermonters understand marriage to be. We know that the Vermont Legislature did everything in its power to avoid allowing Vermonters to vote directly on the future of marriage.
In the wake of the Iowa Supreme Court decision and Vermont Legislature’s action, the National Organization for Marriage will tomorrow launch a new national ad campaign that highlights how same-sex marriage undermines the core civil rights of those who believe in the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Today is indeed a sad day, but let all of us who understand that marriage is the union of a husband and wife redouble our commitment to ensuring that same-sex marriage does not spread throughout our nation, that religious liberty is protected, and ultimately that marriage is restored in these states as well for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
Look, people who wanted a different outcome have a right to be disappointed that the outcome did not go their way. That said, these are the same people that have, time and time again, insisted that the only way this issue should be resolved is through democratic process. As the unbridled majoritarians got the process they asked for and a result they didn’t, they should simply leave their disappointment at that. That some are attacking the process itself is the sort of wingnuttery and stupidity that flushes what little credibility some of the most unintelligent, sophomoric and petulant culture warriors have left, not that they had much to begin with.
Last point, since organizations like the National Organization for Marriage seem inclined to take the battle against same-sex marriage far beyond the definition of what is really civil marriage and into the realm of making arguments that their own civil rights and religious liberty are being threatened, all I’ll say on is that groups like the Alliance Defense Fund have argued that the “homosexual agenda” in of itself a threat to religious liberty so my skepticism leads me to believe that their motivations are not concern is not for the institution of state-sanctioned civil marriage providing equal legal benefits but of class animus towards a specific group of individuals no matter what they do. I also find the “gay marriage as a systemic threat to religious liberty” argument completely absurd and have little to say about those who make them.
Addendum: Just to be crystal clear, if and when there is a legitimate threat to the religious liberty of an individual as it applies in these circumstances, I will defend their right to that liberty. That should not be an issue here. Please don’t make it one.