Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, did an interview with the Worldnetdaily in which he reacted to a new poll that shows 60% of Americans support marriage equality and think gay people were born that way. His reaction was quite predictable.
Despite these findings, which are in line with other polls showing majority approval for same-sex marriage, Staver told Corombos that he doesn’t believe the polls since they “under-report” opposition to gay rights.
But he added that it doesn’t even matter if a majority of people believe homosexuality is innate because there is “no evidence” that gay people are born that way. “It wouldn’t matter if a poll said that people believe that the earth was flat with respect to whether or not they believe that homosexuality was something with which you were born,” he said.
Isn’t it funny how quickly the religious right abandons majoritarianism when public opinion shifts against them. They scream endlessly about the “will of the majority” and how inviolable it is and how it’s tyranny if you don’t bow to it…right up until the majority is against them, and then suddenly it’s meaningless because, ya know, the only vote that really matters is God’s.
Staver also predicted that a conservative “splinter group that will ultimately no longer support the Republican Party” will form if the GOP backtracks on its opposition to gay marriage, while noting the “good news” that party leaders and presidential candidates remain opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage.
I don’t doubt that’s true, but given the trends in public opinion on the question of LGBT equality, what choice do they have? If the Republican party continues to pander to the anti-gay right, they’ll lose everyone else. This is identical to what happened to the Democrats after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. They lost most of the hardcore racist vote, which moved to the Republicans, but they survived. In the end, bigotry always loses.