June 28, 2013
Today’s Supreme Court opinions on marriage are a stunning and indefensible display of judicial activism. The Defense of Marriage Act merely codified what federal law already stated with regard to marital benefits. It passed Congress with a bipartisan majority large enough to pass a constitutional amendment and was signed into law by Bill Clinton. There has never been any attempt by either party to repeal or modify it. Social Security, income tax, family and medical leave law, Medicare, and other federal programs defined marriage as between a man and a woman long before DOMA became law. For the Supreme Court to rule otherwise is an Orwellian act of judicial fiat. We will now seek the passage of federal legislation to remedy this situation as much as possible given the parameters of the decision.
The Supreme Court remanding the California marriage case back to the district court that overturned Proposition 8 endangers federalism as well as the most time-honored institution in the history of Western civilization. If states have the right to set marriage and family law as they have for 226 years, then the people of California were fully within their rights to define marriage as between a man and a woman by popular referendum. For a federal court to rule that upholding traditional marriage is ipso facto discriminatory is bad law and a jurisprudential fantasy of epic proportion. Sadly, these twin decisions will undermine the already low respect for the federal courts and the rule of law. They underscore why people of faith must remain engaged and energetic in seeing genuine conservatives nominated and confirmed to the federal courts.
H/T: Statement by Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed
June 10, 2013
My friend PTG passed away yesterday morning. He was a great guy. I got to know him from our Nebraska blogs and we held many similar views on politics. I never had the chance to know him face-to-face.
The most memorable phrases I will never forget are when he would refer to someone as a “cool cat” or when he talked about our heavenly Father he would give thanks to “the Creator.” He also introduced me to the word “DWEEB” which makes me laugh!
PTG would follow my status updates on Facebook. Every time I would post a Kinsley-ism he’d chime in that he’s pretty sure she’s Judge material.
PTG was one of the first people who could understand and relate to some of my personal struggles. Again, he would always defer back to the Creator. There must be something to that, eh PTG? Relinquishing control to the Creator made him a very happy man.
PTG moved to New Mexico back in 2009 with the Love of his life. I enjoyed getting to follow their story on Facebook. I think the most beautiful wildlife and sunsets are at their place in New Mexico. Makes me sad to think he lost his battle with cancer there but at least he got to be with his Love.
I don’t know what else to say. He was a cool Cat!! I was very sad when I found out that he died yesterday. He will be missed.