Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is heaping praise on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore after the judge pledged to ignore any federal court order allowing gay people to get married in that state. And it’s because letting gay people get married is TYRANNY! (Cue the scary music)
We need to stand up to this kind of bullying whenever we encounter it, but especially when it comes dressed up in the robes of the state authority. Indeed, then we shouldn’t call it merely bullying at all, but assign it the true name it deserves: tyranny.
Tyranny is precisely the word, for example, to describe the rash of judicial rulings that has swept across the country since the Windsor decision in summer of 2013 that overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act. And that’s not just my opinion: it’s also the opinion of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Honorable Roy Moore.
Justice Moore sent a letter to Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley, this week urging him to “continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of [the state of Alabama] and for our posterity.”
Moore’s letter came in the wake of a ruling by a federal judge in Alabama that claimed the state’s “Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” is supposedly unconstitutional. The amendment was approved by 81% of voters in just 2006, winning every county in the State. The judge’s decision is currently stayed pending review by higher courts.
Well how wonderful for you that it isn’t just your opinion, it’s also the opinion of a guy who has argued in legal rulings that gay people should be imprisoned or put to death merely for being gay. When you have people like that on your side, how could you possibly be wrong? But that’s not tyranny at all, I’m sure. Wanting to put gay people to death because you think God wants you to, that’s totally not tyranny. Letting gay people get married? Now that’s tyranny.