The pro-same sex marriage Arizona Republic crows over the now legal unions with blazing headlines, oversized photos and six pages of gushing splash. The Page One bold headline in oversized, all caps type face, blasts, “LAWFULLY WED.”
As bible-believing conservatives, Seeing Red AZ would more appropriately remove the first “L” in the headline. But as realists in these times of political correctness, elevation of contrived “victimization” status to respectability, and liberal federal courts with unelected judges, overturning the will of the voting citizens in state after state, it was clear this was bound to happen.
Arizona Attorney Tom Horne, who has fought to defend traditional marriage, issued this press release regarding the Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings against Arizona. He notes the United States Supreme Court’s unwillingness to accept review in the case of three other circuits in essentially identical circumstances. There is an additional section providing background at the end of the press release. The Attorney General’s Office filed a brief on October 16, advising the court that the Latta decision is not yet considered final under Ninth Circuit case law, and requesting that Judge John Sedwick refrain from issuing any ruling based on Latta until it becomes final. Despite the Arizona Attorney General’s request, U.S. District Court Judge Sedwick issued an order and injunction declaring Arizona’s traditional marriage laws unconstitutional and prohibiting Arizona officials from enforcing the Arizona laws that ban marriage between persons of the same sex
During his 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama made many promises to various constituencies of the Democrat Party, including the gay/lesbian lobby. Repeal of the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act was on his “to do” list, and the divided court complied by gutting key sections in 2013. He also called for a law to extend various benefits to domestic partners, which was initially the foundation of the “marriage” effort. Dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia wrote. “I promise you this: The only thing that will ‘confine’ the court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.”
Last year, even Pope Francis, who represents the Roman Catholic Church to millions worldwide, and is not legally bound by the heavy hand of liberal, agendized federal courts, disappointingly took the path of least resistance, rhetorically asking, “Who am I to judge?” The answer was, of course, “You’re the Pope, for God‘s sake!”
We live in times our nation’s Founders could never have envisioned.