Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Peter Sprigg vs. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Peter Sprigg - FRC
Peter Sprigg - "Oh shit"
Peter Sprigg, a Baptist minister, is the leading anti-gay propagandist of Family Research Council. Today's ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Bostic v. Schaefer) in favor of equality has not been greeted warmly by Sprigg. According to him:
In joining the judicial stampede to redefine marriage, the court not only radically departs from natural law and human history but omits altogether, as noted in the dissent, the 'necessary constitutional analysis.'
On what basis does Mr. Sprigg oppose equality? Natural law? Seriously? It was natural law that was used to support slavery and then segregation. Even the criminal case that was the predicate for Loving v. Virginia was ruled according to natural law when the presiding judge claimed that God did not intend for the races to mix.

According to Judge Floyd, who wrote a sober majority opinion:
Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.
Which of those two arguments is the more coherent? Sprigg's diatribe concludes:
While the Left continues to use the federal courts as the means to fulfill their radical social agenda, the courts will not have the final say. They cannot change natural law and the fact that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad.
Is this guy actually suggesting that same-sex marriage prevents people from entering into opposite-sex marriages?

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