The ACLU is accomplishing its goal of overriding the will of “We the People” to achieve its activist agenda, as evidenced by a federal judge’s decision to strike down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban–one that had been approved by nearly 60 percent of the state’s voters.
Kary L. Moss, ACLU’s Michigan executive director, made the following presumptive statement following the judge’s decision to bypass the will of Michigan voters on the subject of marriage: “Public opinion has changed drastically since 2004 when voters amended the Michigan constitution to exclude same-sex couples from marriage.” Moss added, “Today, across the political spectrum, Michiganders recognize that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of fundamental freedoms, economic security, and family values.”
Apparently determining for itself what voters in Michigan and other states want, the ACLU’s “Out for Freedom” campaign has successfully convinced some Americans that belief in only traditional marriage is anti-freedom and anti-equality.
And the ACLU is not finished.
The organization has filed same-sex marriage complaints in Indiana, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
The ACLU’s strategy is to use the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to pave the way for more states to fall in line.
“While we celebrate all of the progress we’ve been making on marriage, individual states still have anti-gay, anti-marriage laws,” the organization states on its website. “In fact these discriminatory barriers are now embedded in 29 state constitutions.”
The ACLU says that it is “working toward achieving marriage in 20 states by 2016.” It touts, “We’re already laying the groundwork for passing fair marriage laws in Oregon, Nevada, and other states.”
The organization adds that it is looking to “conservative voices” as “the next frontier in building public support for the freedom to marry.”
“With the goal of working both with and within the Republican Party, the ACLU has hired top [John McCain] strategist Steve Schmidt,” the statement continues. “Schmidt will bring right-of-center voices to the state campaigns to pass fair marriage laws and add the freedom to marry to state constitutions.”
Ultimately, the ACLU plans to litigate federal court cases that will, at some point, bring the marriage issue back to the U.S. Supreme Court “for a federal solution by declaring that the entire country must have fair marriage laws.”
The ACLU chastises the high court for avoiding “the issue of the constitutionality of Prop 8–and thereby the federal solution,” but is nevertheless certain that the issue will return there for a final resolution.
In a press release Friday, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council describes the effort to redefine marriage as a “judicial activist stampede”:
This judicial activist stampede to redefine marriage is making a mockery of the ideals that our Founding Fathers stood for. The Left continues to push their social agenda into the courtrooms to demand the change that voters won’t give them. With their ballot box options very limited, these activists have focused their attention on the federal bench– raising the eyebrows and ire of the very Americans they hoped to persuade.
One by one federal courts are vaporizing the right to self-governance. This is not just an attack on marriage, but an attack on the rule of law. It is not the role of judges to redefine our most fundamental societal institution which has such far-reaching implications for society at every level.
Perkins concludes by stating, “Rather than repeat the disaster of Roe v. Wade and redefine marriage for all fifty states, we expect the Supreme Court to return to the people and their elected representatives the right to decide the future of marriage.”
Sharing the same view, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ “point man” on the defense and promotion of traditional marriage, asserted recently that the very healthy and growing pro-life movement is the key to defending the central role of marriage as the sanctuary of life.
“The pro-life movement is about more than saving the life of the baby,” said Cordileone in January. “It’s especially about connecting that baby to where he or she came from: the mother and the father. … There is no other institution that does that.”
Cordileone described some with activist agendas against marriage as “bullies,” and he urged young pro-lifers during the March for Life to stay “close to Christ” as they seek to present the truth about marriage.
“Future generations will understand that the natural truth of marriage benefits everyone and discriminates against no one,” the archbishop said. “But prepare yourselves: It will require heroic virtue, for there is a lot of reverse bullying going on these days.”