As the far right fringe advocates for the states to ignore the federal courts, including the Supreme Court if (when) they legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, Matt Barber says the states should have done the same thing after the Roe v Wade decision came down and started arresting abortion doctors:
Barber told Deace that whether or not the United States Supreme Court has “the authority to redefine the institution of marriage, which cannot be done, it’s contrary to reality to say that it’s anything other than the male and female,” Moore is on “solid legal ground” in claiming that the Alabama Supreme Court takes precedence over the federal district court that issued the marriage ruling.
Deace asked Barber why the conservative movement was less willing to defy the federal courts during Judge Moore’s 2003 standoff over placing a Ten Commandments monument in his courthouse or after Roe v. Wade, “when the court said, ‘We’re going to start just massacring, dismembering little innocent babies.’”
Barber agreed that states should have simply ignored the court’s ruling in Roe: “Why, back when the courts issued their ridiculous, non-scientific ruling in Roe v. Wade, why didn’t states like Texas and other states say, ‘Okay, well thank you for your opinion, but nope, here in the state of Texas, you kill an unborn child, you’ve committed murder, we’re going to throw you in jail for it’?”
Now imagine if the situation involved a Supreme Court ruling that Barber liked. Like, say, Lamb’s Chapel v Center Moriches, which ruled that public school districts had to let religious groups rent their facilities on an equal basis with non-religious groups. That decision was absolutely correct, but imagine if the ACLU or Americans United came out and said that the decision was wrong and therefore state and local governments should ignore it and continue to forbid religious groups from renting their facilities. Barber would have a fucking conniption over it. Nazis! Communists! The devil is destroying America!