Longtime friend of the blog Jordan Genso is running for the state legislature here in Michigan and he is calling out his opponent, the mayor of the town of Howell, for his ignorant statement issued in response to a federal judge striking down the state’s law banning same-sex marriage two weeks ago.
But that message was lost on GOP House candidate and Howell Mayor Phillip Campbell, who publicly opposed the U.S. District Court ruling that found Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, argued Jordan Genso, Democratic candidate for the same House seat representing most of Livingston County…
Campbell, one of six Republicans running for the House seat, earlier said in a press release that the U.S. District Court ruling ignored the will of Michiganders who approved the 2004 same-sex marriage ban.
He said the ruling unfairly requires county clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay couples over personal objections and violates “natural law.”“He’s not making any sort of constitutional argument,” countered Genso. “He’s sort of saying ‘Hey, there’s a law about marriage. It got popular support. A judge should not be able to overturn it.’ ”
He’s right. The claim that the ruling is wrong because it was supported by a majority of voters is not a legal argument at all. Constitutionally, it is completely irrelevant whether the law was passed by the legislature or by popular referendum. An unconstitutional law passed by referendum is still unconstitutional.