Buried at the bottom of an otherwise predictable “angry conservatives” piece (that actually opens with the words “Angry conservatives…”) written following the announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, was a curious nugget from one of the leading agitators for the destruction of marriage.
Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay-rights group Lambda Legal, questioned whether that would have much impact on the 2012 presidential race.
“People who feel strongly that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry were not going to vote for President Obama anyway,” he said.
A bit of wishful thinking, or willful blindness, we’d have to say.
Mr. Davidson is well aware of these numbers from 2008, but allow us to remind him:
President Obama took 61 percent of the California vote to Sen. McCain’s 37 percent.
Proposition 8, California’s state constitutional marriage protection amendment, cruised to a comfortable 52.24 percent to 47.76 percent win.
The math isn’t all that hard. The fact is, plenty of folks who voted for then-candidate Obama also voted to restore the definition of marriage in deep-Blue California.
A more accurate rendering of reality comes from ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks.
“Marriage is a unifying issue in America. The federal Defense of Marriage Act reflects the reality that 90 percent of states protect marriage and that the citizens in those states believe in marriage as a union only between one man and one woman. Tragically, the Department of Justice has chosen to appease a small–but vocal and wealthy–constituency and abandon its duty to the people.”
The truth is, no matter how many times we are lectured on the “inevitability” of counterfeit same-sex “marriage,” every time the American people have the opportunity to stand up for marriage, we do. More often than not, the results, at the only polls that really matter, are overwhelming…whether the anti-marriage forces “like it or not.”
“The ripple effect nationwide will be to galvanize supporters of marriage,” said staff counsel Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal group.
A coalition of 34,000 black churches is blasting President Barack Obama’s decision to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage.
The Rev. Anthony Evans, who heads the National Black Church Initiative, says Obama “has violated the Christian faith” by failing to uphold Jesus’ teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Catholic voters tilted 54 percent to 45 percent for President Obama in 2008, but the US Bishops issued the following statement: USCCB Decries Refusal to Support Defense of Marriage Act.
Hard to imagine that Mr. Davidson is right and Mr. Campbell is wrong about this one.
This post originally appeared here.