Bigots around the state of Michigan are reacting to the federal court ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and second-parent adoption with all the simpleminded inanity we’ve come to expect from them. I’ll start slow with Gary Glenn of the AFA of Michigan:
“One Detroit lawyer in a black robe doesn’t have legitimate constitutional or moral authority to overturn either natural law or the vote of 2.7 million Michigan voters who placed the Marriage Protection Amendment in our state constitution. This one political elitist put his own personal views above the will of the people, arrogantly ruling that all 2.7 million voters were ‘irrational’ in their common sense belief that the ideal environment for every child is having both a mother and a father committed to each other and to their children in marriage. We support Attorney General Bill Schuette in his appeal to overturn this illegitimate decision that has at least temporarily stripped Michigan citizens of the full measure and impact of their voting rights.”
This must be the new right wing talking point, the idea that if voters pass a law that is overturned they’ve somehow had their voting rights stripped. That’s incredibly stupid. Here’s another variation, from a group of 100 black ministers:
A coalition of over 100 Black Detroit Pastors, led by Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell and Pastor Lennell Caldwell, have hosted both a press Conference and a rally in support of Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment since Judge Friedman has been residing over the case.
The pastors have issued a swift response.
“Judge Friedman has negated the vote of 2.7 million voters in the State of Michigan. Moreover, he has said to the almost 70 percent of Black citizens who voted in favor of marriage protection that our voting rights are no longer protected. Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our forefathers apparently died in vain,” remarked Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry, Detroit, Michigan.
Minister Stacy Swimp, Gospel Activist and Founder of “Revive Alive, Flint, Michigan, ” stated, “It is a sad day for Michigan that Judge Friedman has ruled that preserving the only civil institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers is unconstitutional. Rest assured, however, that we shall continue to fight for the rights of children, and for our faith, for our families, and for our religious freedom.”“We call on all the sitting County Clerks across the State of Michigan to refrain from issuing redefined marriage licenses, as stated by the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, until the matter is fully determined on appeal,” concludes Rev. Lennell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers International Church, Detroit, Michigan.
Well the response was swift, I’ll give them that. It was not, however, rational and well thought out. A law that violates the Constitution is overturned no matter how many people voted for it or favor it and that does not, in any way whatsoever, deny their right to vote. Imagine these same black pastors 50 years ago when the decision in Loving v Virginia came down, which struck down state laws banning interracial marriage. Those laws were very popular in the states that had them and some were passed by referendum. Did that rob white people who voted for them of their right to vote? Of course not. In fact, laws requiring segregation — the very laws that Martin Luther King spent his entire life fighting against — were wildly popular in the south and some of them were passed by referendum as well.
This is every bit as stupid and hypocritical as arguments about “judicial activism.” They’re only used by someone when they disagree with the ruling. If a law was passed by referendum that they disagreed with and it was overturned by the courts, would they be screaming about how the right to vote is being infringed or about judicial activists overturning the will of the people? Of course not.