Following June’s Supreme Court rulings on
marriage, the all-out assault on marriage has picked up steam.
The ACLU, Lambda Legal and other leftist organizations
are viewing the rulings as an invitation to challenge traditional marriage laws
all over the country. Ignoring laws that were either passed by elected
officials or ballot measures, they hope to bully a change in the status of
same-sex marriage by judicial fiat.
Regrettably, some who have sworn to
uphold the law are aiding and abetting the effort to destroy marriage – by
getting out of the way.
When faced with such lawsuit,
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced last week that her office
will not defend her state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” in court, even though
she took an oath to uphold the state's constitution and laws. While Pennsylvania’s
citizens can count on Governor Tom Corbett and his general counsel to defend
Pennsylvania’s law affirming traditional marriage in court, the inaction of the
State’s Attorney General – taking a pass on defending a law supported by the
people – is unconscionable.
Of course, Kane is just emulating her
heroes. California’s state officials declined to defend Proposition 8 and the
Obama administration declined to defend DOMA when those matters were recently
before the Supreme Court.
But this trend must stop, immediately. Government
officials are not free to ignore laws to advance their own agendas or political
standing. As citizens, we need to be assured that the oath to “support, obey
and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this
Commonwealth,” as Kane pledged, is more than pomp and circumstance.
Governors, attorneys generals and other
elected officials in every state will be facing similar decisions, if they
In North Carolina, the ACLU filed a
lawsuit in federal district court in 2012 challenging the state’s ban on second
parent adoption, where one partner in an unmarried couple adopts the other
partner’s biological or adoptive child. Buoyed by the Supreme Court decisions, the ACLU is now amending that lawsuit to argue that the
traditional marriage amendment to the North Carolina Constitution violates the
Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
This brazen action, in addition to
illogically equating same-sex marriage with freedom from slavery, completely
disregards the principle that voters have a voice in government. North
Carolina’s citizens overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s constitution
affirming traditional marriage just one year ago. Now, it is up to the
leadership in North Carolina to defend it.
The battle over marriage is here. Our
elected leaders must be willing to wage it.