Vander Plaats Waxes Stupid on Utah Marriage Ruling

Vander Plaats Waxes Stupid on Utah Marriage Ruling January 6, 2014

Bob Vander Plaats, the self-appointed and undisputed king of the wingnuts in Iowa, went on Steve Deace’s radio show and unsurprisingly said some egregiously stupid things about the recent federal court ruling overturning Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. To wit:

Vander Plaats: First of all, Justice Shelby, there’s a lot of issues with his ruling. Number one is, you had the people of Utah already amend the Constitution to what marriage is. And you’re supposed to uphold the Constitution, not redefine the Constitution. So, that’s number one.

Uh, no. Shelby is a federal judge, not a state judge. His job is to uphold the federal constitution, not the Utah one. So here’s his argument for why the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution:

Two is, there is no research on it, there is no data on it. Why? Because it never existed before. So all there is is speculation. But what we know is it goes against the law of nature, and the law of nature’s God, which means, again, it’s against the Constitution.

Wrong again. The constitution neither says nor implies anything remotely like that. It’s a secular document that established a secular government, not a theocracy. And think about his “reasoning” here. If anything that “goes against the law of Nature’s God,” by which he means the Bible, wouldn’t that make the First Amendment unconstitutional? I mean, the very first commandment is that you can’t worship any other gods, something the First Amendment guarantees the right to do. Not that this would bother theocrats like Vander Plaats, of course. He’d be more than happy if only Christians had the right to religious freedom.

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