One year ago, the United States Supreme Court issued their 5-4 decision in Windsor v United States in which the court invalidated a part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage under federal law as the union of one man and one woman. The court’s majority opinion contained two main themes – the obligation of the federal government to respect the rights of states in their historic role of regulating marriage, and the failure of the federal government to respect the dignity of gays and lesbians.
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Brian S. Brown serves as President of the National Organization for Marriage after serving as the Executive Director of NOM-California in 2008 and Executive Director of NOM until spring of 2010 when he was named President. Prior to coming to NOM-CA, Brian was the Executive Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. During the five years he was with the Family Institute, he developed it into one of the largest statewide pro-family organizations in the Northeast. He now brings that organizational expertise and New England familiarity to his work at NOM-CA. Brian is a C. Phil. at UCLA in American History, earned his B.A./M.A. in Modern History at Oxford University, and received his B.A. in History from Whittier College. Brian and his wife have six young children.
Two related important and disappointing things happened in the past two weeks involving the gay ‘marriage’ debate.
There’s a reason why gay ‘marriage’ advocates have focused much of their attention on forcing a redefinition of marriage through the courts. They realize that when the American people get involved, they consistently demonstrate their support for true marriage including voting for constitutional amendments to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in over 30 states.
With the state primaries underway, it is more important than ever that Republican voters know this: When it comes to marriage, Ron Paul is no conservative. Never mind, for the moment, that in his nearly three-decade-long congressional career Paul has written little of legislative consequence, or that a good deal of the Paul platform could only be accomplished with serious, game-changing amendments to the Constitution. Purely from a conservative values standpoint, a Ron Paul presidency would spell disaster for marriage in the United States.
Judge Walker imagines he has a magic wand. With his magic judicial wand, he has waved away all inconvenient truths and facts and transformed his own values and views into “facts” which no rational person can henceforth ever again doubt. He has created his own personal peculiar faith, strong and irrefutable, and inserted it straight into the heart of the U.S. Constitution that a mind like his could never conceive of and ought not to redefine for his own pleasure.
Last Thursday, Judge Joseph Tauro, in an absurdly poorly written opinion, struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In striking down DOMA, Judge Tauro overturned a law that was passed by large bipartisan majorities, was signed into law by Pres. Clinton, and that merely clarified and codified the law of marriage.