A group of more than 200 once-prominent conservative activists have signed a letter published Thursday morning insisting that they will ignore any pro-same sex marriage decisions from the Supreme Court next week, should they come. According to Think Progress, the roster of signees reads like a “Who’s Who” of late 1990s anti-LGBT agitators including disgraced Jack Abramoff crony and former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, anti-LGBT group leaders Tony Perkins and Rev. Louis Sheldon, whose organizations peaked in power and influence under the George W. Bush administration, and former right-wing elected officials like Ohio’s Ken Blackwell, professional homophobes like Focus on the Family founder Rev. James Dobson and one-time GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
The irate conservatives posited that the Supreme Court will “undermine its legitimacy” if it does not decide to uphold California’s anti-same sex marriage ballot initiative Proposition 8 or the 1995 federal statute the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which declared that marriage in the U.S. is defined as being between one man and one woman.
“The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority,” they threatened. “It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.”
The signees said that they intend to “ignore” any pro-same sex marriage decisions by the Court, writing, “[M]ake no mistake about our resolve,” they wrote. “While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.”
What, exactly, they intend to do is unclear, since their churches presumably do not perform same sex unions, and because they themselves do not work in the wedding business or grant marriage licenses. The only individual on the list who currently holds national office appears to be U.S. Rep. Sally Kern (R-OK), who drew fire in 2011 when she said that “blacks” don’t work as hard as white people and have less initiative to better themselves because they “believe the government (will) take care of them.”
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