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01/16/2014

AFA's senior spokesman calls for 'outright defiance' against judiciary

by Jeremy Hooper

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, inching us closer to civil war:

We are past the point where we need disappointment from our governors. What we need is outright defiance.

If Oklahomans have a constitutional right to decide this for themselves, then their governor is under no obligation to let a renegade federal judge decide this for them.

I submit that she has a constitutional obligation to defy such a ruling as blatantly unconstitutional and thus without any legal validity.

In fact, to submit to such tyranny would require her to violate her own oath of office, an oath she took to uphold and defend the constitutions of both Oklahoma and the United States.

What America needs right now is a governor, with a state legislature willing to back him (generic use) up, who refuses to give permission to county clerks to issue flatly illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and is prepared to fire any clerk who would defy the law and the state constitution by doing so.

We need a governor with enough titanium in his spine to say to federal judges what President Andrew Jackson said to the chief justice in his day: "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it." The judiciary, by the design of the Founders, was intended to be the least powerful of the three branches, with an extremely limited role in America’s public life. Federal judges have arrogated to themselves an unconscionable and unconstitutional level of power. They must be stopped.
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American Family Association]

Outright defiance against a branch of government for simply doing its job ensuring the conditionality of our law. What could possibly go wrong?

Of course the uncomfortable truth for people like Bryan is that a great and growing number of people within the GOP, including many of these marriage state governors, realize that the courts are doing the right and fair thing, acting perfectly within their purview. Some of them even secretly like it. Sure, they might express "disappointment" or even demand further challenge, but a lot of them are quietly happy that we are moving to resolve on this issue, and that they might be able to get past it without getting their own hands dirty.

And just about anyone within the GOP who actually wants to win another national election wishes that Bryan Fischer would quiet down.

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