Even by Christian right standards, Randy Thomasson of the group Save California is a particularly virulent bigot. In a memo to other “pro-family” (read: anti-gay) leaders, he argues that governors whose bans on same-sex marriage have been overturned by the courts should call out the National Guard and continue to enforce those laws.
Each governor pledges themselves to “support and defend” the plain words of their state constitution, including, in morally conservative states, the definition of marriage as only for a man and a woman. Governors raise their right hand and publicly promise to “faithfully execute” (or carry out) these written laws, as commanded by their state constitutions.
Each governor also has an administration that serves his/her pleasure that is in charge of the state’s marriage forms (licenses and applications) that county clerks use.
And each governor is authorized to call out his/her state’s militia or National Guard to enforce written laws and maintain public order against foreign and domestic enemies…
Given these facts, it is state governors that are unfortunately allowing homosexual “marriages.” And given their constitutional and statutory powers, it is not good enough for governors to merely protest by appealing to a higher court the unconstitutional opinions of bad judges…
In view of the current crisis on marriage, a constitutional governor can and should do the following:
• Announce he took an oath to obey the constitution, not to obey a judge’s unconstitutional opinion.
• Announce that no homosexual “marriage” licenses will be issues, and no county clerk is permitted to issue marriage licenses to anyone other than a qualified man and woman.
• Utilize the support of the state attorney general (if that constitutional officer is willing to stand alongside) or use the state’s National Guard to enforce the law at county clerk’s offices.
Thomasson in 1967: Governors should call out the National Guard to prevent interracial couples from marrying.
Thomasson in 1954: Governors should call out the National Guard to prevent black kids from going to white schools.
Thomasson in 2003: Governors should call out the National Guard to keep putting gay people in jail.
Supremacy Clause? I’m sorry, what was that? I can’t hear you. We seem to have a bad connection….*click*
George Wallace to the white courtesy phone.