This is no surprise. The landmark same sex marriage ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court was greeted with a predictable outrage from the anti-gay Christian right. James Dobson, the rabidly anti-gay demagogue who heads Focus on the Family, denounced the usual suspects.
We decry this decision by justices unelected and unaccountable to the people, and will do whatever is necessary to oppose it. Not only have these judges knowingly deprived Connecticut children of a mother or a father, but they have usurped the role of the legislators to create law. Short of a federal marriage-protection amendment, marriage can only be truly protected by defining it in state constitutions. I pray the citizens of California, Arizona and Florida will seize the opportunity next month to settle this marriage crisis in their states once and for all.
In Dobson's warped alternate universe, it's not massive unemployment, a shrinking economy, or lack of access to health care that endangers families. It is the same sex "marriage crisis." Moving on to more evangelical hyperbole.
The "family values" homo-bigots at the Family Research Council, led by gay conspiracy theorist Tony Perkins, sent an email blasting the ruling and "activist" judges. They want Barack Obama and John McCain to address same-sex marriage. Zzzzz.
This decision puts marriage at risk all across the nation and highlights the need for a Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is imperative both Presidential candidates address the problems created by four activist judges in Connecticut. We call on Senators John McCain and Barack Obama to explain what they would do as President addressing the issue of same-sex marriage and articulating their criteria for ensuring that judges they appoint follow the law of the land and not legislate from the bench.
McCain's already on record slamming so-called "judicial activism"—he does it all the time—and supports the marriage amendments in California and Arizona. With only four weeks to the election and a scramble for moerate voters, they probably won't get much more out of him.