Virginia Del. Bob Marshall, the co-author is his state’s now-stricken constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, is very upset about yesterday’s ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“In the long run, advocates and defenders of so-called same-sex marriage are their own best undertakers for their hubris in attempting to deny and defy the laws of Nature and Nature’s God, by which nations and cultures around the world have recognized for millennia that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” Marshall said. He said the two judges who concurred in the majority opinion rejecting Virginia’s same sex marriage ban were ignorant about the purpose of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “and arrogant to think they have the moral and legal authority to negate the votes of 1.3 million Virginia voters.” The 14th Amendment says states can’t infringe on the rights of individuals. “If judicial elites impose a radical and immoral marriage regime on American citizens in defiance of the laws of Nature and Nature’s God, the result would be to tear the social fabric in ways that can scarcely be imagined, nor contained by judicial arrogance,” Marshall said.
(Tipped by JMG reader Smith)
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: In February, Marshall filed an amendment that would grant Virginia state legislators the right to claiming standing in marriage lawsuits. In September 2013, Marshall petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn Virginia’s legalization of sodomy. In May 2012, Marshall attempted to block the appointment of an openly gay state judge because the nominee has “an illegal husband.” In 2011 Del. Bob Marshall claimed it is a felony for a state office to fly the rainbow flag. Marshall has also called on Virginia to issue its own currency, and has claimed that God punishes women who have abortions by giving them deformed children. After the DADT repeal bill passed, Marshall tried to have gays banned from the Virginia National Guard.