Conservative Christians like the American Fammily Association’s Bryan Fischer were up in arms on Monday after the Supreme Court decided not to consider appeals in five states that sought to restore bans on marriage equality.
Right Wing Watch reported that Fischer devoted two segments of his show to criticizing the court’s inaction.
“This decision not to decide, this action not to act, this represents the de facto Roe v. Wade of sodomy-based marriage,” Fischer fumed. “It’s gonna be virtually impossible now to stop this press and this push for nationalizing — imposing — on every state in the Union marriage that is based on the infamous crime against nature.”
As Reuters reported on Monday, the court’s rejection of the appeals means that rulings striking down marriage equality bans in 11 states — Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming — are likely to remain in place, making same-sex marriages legal in 30 states 16 months after the high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.
According to Right Wing Watch, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) head Brian S. Brown expressed hope in a statement would revisit the issue, but still called for conservative voters to push for an amendment to the Constitution banning marriage equality.
“The effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’ has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently,” Brown said. “That’s the absurd belief we are being told to accept.”
Meanwhile, Faith & Freedom Coalition president Ralph Reed described the decision as a key for prospective conservative political candidates seeking his group’s endorsement.
“For candidates running in 2014 and those who run for president in 2016, there will be no avoiding this issue,” Reed said in a separate statement. “If the Supreme Court is planning a Roe v. Wade on marriage, it will sow the wind and reap a political whirlwind.”
Watch Fischer’s reaction to the high court’s decision, as posted online on Monday, below.
Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter
Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.
But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.
"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"
"He does," Dilanian replied.
"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."
GOP lawmaker smacked down after suggesting impeachment is only for capital crimes
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tried to argue that impeachment is only intended for when presidents commit capital crimes — and was immediately corrected by anchor Chris Hayes.
"I saw an earlier interview you gave to Chuck Todd where you didn’t think this was, so far, from what you’ve heard of, the level of impeachable behavior," said Hayes. "I’m curious what you view the standard as the Constitution sets out for you as being high crimes and treason and misdemeanor."
"Crimes that are subject to the penalty of death is essentially what the Constitution is to me indicating with impeachment," said Reed. "And this whole claim of bribery, the American people aren’t stupid, Chris. This is not going to sustain the review of the American people, and they’re the ultimate ones who are going to judge this because I don’t see this becoming an impeachable subject to the removal of the president."
WATCH LIVE: Trump holds campaign rally to shore up GOP support in Louisiana
One day after the first televised impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana for a campaign rally.
The rally is being held at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, which has a 14,000 seat capacity.
On Saturday, November 16th, voters will travel to the pools to choose between Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and Trump's pick, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.