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Keyes: Romney responsible for same-sex marriage fiasco
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 02/03/2008 @ 1:35 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes may not get invited to the televised debates but that doesn’t mean he’s going stay out of the fray or attack his opponents when he believes they’ve abandoned his party’s values — particularly on the issue of same-sex marriage.
On his campaign website this week, Keyes blasted former Gov. Mitt Romney for being “single-handedly responsible for instituting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts” for the way he responded to a state court ruling in 2003.
“Most people are unaware of the way Massachusetts came to adopt same-sex marriage,” the former Reagan administration diplomat said. “They think the state’s Supreme Judicial Court forced it to happen. That’s incorrect.”
“The court merely issued an opinion stating that, in its view, the existing marriage law was unconstitutional because it failed to allow persons of the same sex to marry,” Keyes said. “The court then gave the legislature 180 days to ‘take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of this opinion’ — implicitly telling lawmakers to come up with a new marriage statute.”
Noting that the legislature did not act within the court-imposed 180-day window, refusing to let the judiciary infringe on its law-making powers, Keyes said the only reason same-sex marriage became the law was because of Romney’s actions.
“Mitt Romney pushed through same-sex marriage all by himself, in the absence of any authority or requirement to do so, having a complete misunderstanding of his role as governor and of the significance of the court’s opinion,” said Keyes.
“The court never ordered him to act, nor did he have the right to act, since the legislature never changed the law. Romney claimed he had no other choice, but that’s completely untrue.”
Keyes’ charge echoes reporting by WND last July on Romney’s role in implementing ‘gay’ marriage while he was governor.
Romney’s aides told WND that after four of the seven court members reinterpreted the definition of marriage in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the governor believed he had no choice but to direct clerks and others to change state marriage forms and begin registering same-sex couples.
Constitutional expert Herb Titus ? Harvard law graduate, founding dean of Pat Robertson’s Regent University Law School and former candidate for vice-president on the Constitution Party ticket — said Romney got it wrong.
“What Romney did [was] he exercised illegal legislative authority,” Titus said. “He was bound by what? There was no order. There wasn’t even any order to the Department of Public Health to do anything.”
“All the Supreme Judicial Court did was pronounce their judgment, declared their opinion,” he told WND. “Gov. Romney is like too many other governors in America. If a court says something, they jump.”
“The appropriate course of action for Romney was to do nothing,” he said. Instead, “as governor, he created, in essence, his own same-sex marriage rule and then enforced it — reportedly threatening local clerks with dismissal if they refused to comply with his executive order.”
And while Keyes called Romney’s actions “catastrophic” and “among the most socially-damaging actions by a chief executive in our nation’s history,” their significance lay in the way he would operate as president.
“The failure by Romney to ‘say no’ to corrupt activist judges in a critical controversy over ‘separation of powers,’ and his willingness to take unwarranted steps that exceeded his lawful authority, reveal the kind of chief executive he would be if elected president,” Keyes said.
Titus noted that the Massachusetts Constitution probably is the most specific in the nation on the separation of powers.
“It makes it very clear that … the judiciary doesn’t have either executive or legislative power,” he said. “It specifically rejects any claim of supremacy by any one of the branches over the other.”
But in the Goodridge case, the court said, “We are the supreme expositors on the constitution,” he said, even though the justices admitted reformulating the definition of marriage, “which means they have blatantly exercised legislative power.”
“It was a phony lawsuit … much the same way as they have show trials in the communist countries,” Titus told WND.
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