For years, conservatives have attacked “activist judges” for ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Today, the Vermont legislation overrode a veto by Gov. Jim Douglas (R) and became the first state to approve same-sex marriage through the legislature — without the help of any courts. However, this fact didn’t deter the far right, which immediately began putting out statements decrying the “wealthy homosexual activists” who are driving this movement to dismantle “democracy.” A sampling:
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: “Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well. Time and again, we see when citizens have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box, they consistently opt to support traditional marriage.”
Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel: “By redefining marriage, the Vermont legislature removed the cornerstone of society and the foundation of government. The consequences will rest on their shoulders and upon those passive objectors who know what to do but lack the courage to stand against this form of tyranny.”
Concerned Women for America: “Vermont legislators’ futile attempt to replace God by vainly redefining marriage eerily follows how that first man and woman acted on the first temptation — and the root of all temptations — to act as if they were gods. That one decision by Adam and Eve to believe that they could ‘be like God’ separated them from God, destroyed the peace that they had experienced, and ushered in what some would call ‘unintended consequences’ of pain and destruction.”
Andrew Sullivan looks at the post “judicial activism argument” world.