I’ve had it with all this doom and gloom from supposed pro-traditional marriage advocates in the aftermath of the federal district court decision striking down California’s Proposition 8.
This was a decision from one federal judge in one federal judicial district, but the way some people are talking, you’d swear the Supreme Court had ruled.
I keep hearing from some of these people that we might as well just give up because if California’s Prop. 8 can be struck, it must be inevitable that any pro-marriage constitutional amendment that Iowa might pass will be struck down as well.
Here’s where I say beep, beep… back the truck up.
It seems as though these “experts” have forgotten (or never knew) that we’ve already been down this road in here in the Mid-west. Nebraska passed a Defense of Marriage Amendment in 2000, and this amendment was challenged in the federal courts shortly thereafter.
At the federal trial court level, Nebraska’s amendment was deemed unconstitutional. However, Nebraska’s attorney general then appealed that decision to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the amendment defending marriage.
Why aren’t the people who support traditional marriage who have the biggest voices and the biggest audiences talking about this decision that actually affects Iowa and comes from a higher court than the measly trial court decision in California that came down last week?
Why aren’t they pointing out that there is just as much (if not more) legal basis for upholding traditional marriage than there is for tossing it out the window?
Do they honestly believe we should abandon the effort to get a marriage amendment in a federal circuit that would actually enforce it?
If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that some of these people are just being contrary to make the efforts of certain candidates (that they didn’t support in the primary) to achieve a marriage amendment look bad. If I didn’t know better, all this doom and gloom would seem to be associated with some sour grapes.
Of course, differing outcomes from differing courts around the country will likely lead to this issue coming before the Supreme Court, but that’s just all the more reason to rally the troops to elect conservative candidates to all levels of government to fight for traditional marriage on all fronts.
This California decision should be a battle cry, not a white flag of surrender.
We’d all do well to remember that.
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