Friday, July 1, 2016

Staver on Mississippi seems a tad unhinged

Mat Staver
I really don't know how to headline this piece. Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, doesn't like the Judge that stopped implementation of the anti-gay license-to-discriminate law in Mississippi. Quoting Staver:
What do you expect from a former ACLU attorney appointed to the bench by President Obama? Judges need to put aside their ideology and be impartial, but many judges today pass off their personal opinions in place of the Constitution. Religious liberty must be protected and is the reason for the founding of America.
Religious liberty is defined as Free Exercise which is conditioned upon the Establishment Clause. It says nothing about free imposition.

Two quotes from the judge (intentionally out of order):
The lawfulness of same-sex marriage was finally resolved in 2015. The Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples must be allowed to join in civil marriage “on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples.” 135 S. Ct. at 2605. The decision applies to every governmental agency and agent in the country. “The majority of the United States Supreme Court dictates the law of the land, and lower courts are bound to follow it.”
And:
HB 1523 grants special rights to citizens who hold one of three “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions” reflecting disapproval of lesbian, gay, transgender, and unmarriedpersons. Miss. Laws 2016, HB 1523 § 2 (eff. July 1, 2016). That violates both the guarantee ofreligious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws.

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