The Family Foundation, Virginia’s resident anti-gay “pro-family” group, is verklempt over a federal judge overturning that state’s ban on same-sex marriage and they’re making some amusingly absurd arguments about it. Like they think it has something to do with Valentine’s Day.
“The timing of this decision certainly calls into question Judge Wright Allen’s objectivity,” a Friday morning statement from the group stated. “This rushed release just prior to Valentine’s Day reeks of political show, making her ruling less a legal argument and more a press release. It’s disappointing that a federal judge would so blatantly expose her personal political agenda at the expense of not just marriage, but our entire social fabric.”
I love that phrase “social fabric.” What the hell does it mean? I’ve never heard even an attempt to define it. It’s one of those catchphrases that is utterly meaningless. It really means “this is where something meaningful should go, but I don’t have anything meaningful to say so I’ll just throw it in here.”
“Regardless of one’s stance on marriage, the people of Virginia were disenfranchised by this ruling as our voice and our vote that amended our Constitution have been rendered meaningless by a single federal judge with the assistance of our own Attorney General,” the Family Foundation statement read. “Protecting a timeless institution for the well-being of children was the will of the overwhelming majority of Virginians and this ruling denies this important state interest as it places the desires of adults over the outcomes of children.”
This argument that voters are “disenfranchised” when the courts overturn laws that they pass is inane and it shows just how little regard they have for the Constitution they claim to revere. Judicial review with the complete independence of the courts was one of the smartest things the founding fathers put into the Constitution. It’s one of the bedrock principles of the Constitution, designed to prevent the majority from imposing tyrannical laws on everyone else.
And of course, the moment the courts overturn laws that they oppose that argument about disenfranchisement magically disappears. Did you hear the screams of horror over “judicial activism” and the “will of the people” when the Supreme Court overturned DC’s handgun ban? Yeah, I didn’t either.