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01/07/2014

Bob Vander Plaats' Utah statement doesn't even make sense

by Jeremy Hooper

The man who has failed oh so many times to stop marriage equality in his home state of Iowa is today turning his attention to Utah. This is Bob Vander Plaats' take on the stay that has put the marriage equality on pause while the 10th Circuit considers the case:

The FAMiLY LEADER and I applaud the leadership of Utah’s Governor for challenging an activist judge’s opinion to usurp the will of the people regarding God’s design for family with the union of one man/one woman marriage,” said Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. “People understand that courts and judges don’t get to make law, don’t have the power to execute law nor do they have the privilege of amending our constitution. The power belongs to ‘we the people’ not ‘we the courts.’” [TFL]

Um, Bob—it was a court that made the decision to stay. And it will be a court that makes the next determination about equality in the region. You can't both applaud this judicial move and decry the judicial process!

Look, Mr. VP, I know you're sore that you, after almost five years of trying, haven't been able to convince your locals that the minority civil rights that have caused no disruption to your state should be put before a public popularity contest. I get it. You're mad at courts because it was a unanimous court decision that bestowed the freedom to marry onto the great state of Iowa. But let's at least try for something resembling consistency. A stay is not a win for you or a loss for us, but it's absolutely a judicial determination to which we are both bound.

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