Staver: SCOTUS Will ‘Delegitimize’ Itself With Marriage Equality

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is warning the Supreme Court that if they do vote to invalidate state laws banning same-sex marriage, they will “delegitimize” itself. Again. Like they apparently do every time they make a ruling he doesn’t like.

He tells OneNewsNow, voicing a warning, that if the Supreme Court finds a “hypothetical right” to same-sex marriage, the high court will “delegitimize” itself.

What is (sic) a majority of five vote in favor of same-gender marriage?

“I’m warning them,” he says, “and I think the rest of the country is willing to come together and warn them, that they need to come back in line with their constitutional duty, and that is to interpret the law, not create brand new law and be our social engineers.”

I imagine the justices will take this warning with all the seriousness it deserves. Bear in mind that Staver first filed a lawsuit to prevent same-sex marriage after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized it in that state. Staver filed a staggeringly stupid lawsuit that argued that this ruling violated the Constitution’s guarantee that each state would have a “republican form of government.” His argument was that having a court overturning laws passed by a legislature violates that guarantee.

That’s right, he told a court that regularly overturns laws passed by the legislature, power given to them by the Constitution, that doing what they do is unconstitutional. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that the Supreme Court did not take that argument seriously and did not hear the case.

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  • John Pieret

    I think the rest of the country is willing to come together and warn them

    Which, of course is why an increasing majority of Americans favor marriage equality … they’re just saying that to make their warning more dire … or sumthin …

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Uh, how and when did they relegitimize themselves after Bush v. Gore and Citizens United?

  • dugglebogey

    And Matt Staver knows a thing or two about delegitimizing one’s self.

  • D. C. Sessions

    If you want “deligitimization,” wait for the ruling in King v. Burwell, where the Court is likely to rule that if an iffy interpretation of a six-word phrase renders the whole Act nonfunctional, it doesn’t mean that the phrase shouldn’t be read that way. Instead it means that the Act was intended to be nonfunctional.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Thanks, DC Sessions, for that summation of King v Burwell. I hadn’t put it in those terms before, and I am Groot! that’s an amusing way to put it.

    I had this internet lying around that I was going to give to Pierce R Butler, … but then dugglebogey came along while I was scribbling down Pierce R Butler’s address, and wouldn’t you know it? After reading comment #3 I looked down and it was dugglebogey’s address on the envelope.

    I guess this is what they meant when they said:

    Private internets is theft.

  • dingojack

    dugglebogey – How do you delegitimize someone who is already a complete bastard?*



    * on the plus side, I bet his former parents are relieved.