Thursday, July 17, 2014

Florida: Christian Family Coalition calls marriage equality a "lynching"

The profoundly unhinged Christian Family Coalition is known for for its incoherent and insane hyperbole. They have outdone themselves. Today, in Key West, Florida a judge declared that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. According to Judge Garcia (who is neither insane nor hyperbolic):
It is our country's proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority. … The Constitution guarantees and protects all of its citizens from government interference with those rights. All laws passed by the legislature or by popular support must pass the scrutiny of the United States Constitution, to do otherwise diminishes the Constitution to just a historical piece of paper.

Here is the response from CFC:
Garcia's corrupt decision to overthrow Florida's voter-approved Constitutional respect for marriage as the union of one man, one woman, is in criminal contempt of the legally binding U.S. Supreme Court precedent in U.S. vs. Windsor, the constitutional separation of powers, and the 14th Amendment due process and equal protection rights of Florida's citizens. It is a judicial lynching of nearly 8 million Florida voters, an assault on Democracy, and a brazen violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct and his Oath of Office, deserving of Garcia's immediate removal from the bench by Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission.
First of all, "corrupt" means dishonest dealings for personal gain. The notion is preposterous. Equally absurd is the claim that the constitutes "criminal contempt." Furthermore, the decision in United States v. Windsor clearly says that states are free to regulate marriage providing that they do not interfere with the constitutional rights of citizens. They always seem to leave out the second part of that. "Judicial lynching?" Does this schmuck (Anthony Verdugo) really want to compare lynchings in a southern state to marriage equality? Oy veh. Apparently reaching a decision that CFC doesn't like is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

If any of CFC's bombast makes any sense it is by sheer coincidence.

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