Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver says 2013 will go down as a historic year in the fight to save the unborn. He believes America is in even greater peril as a result of the homosexual agenda, and he says traditional Americans are fighting against a “morally bankrupt presidency.”
The biggest debate in the cultural battles this year centered on the advance of homosexual marriage, which was legalized in several states through legislative and judicial means. The biggest showdown came at the Supreme Court, where justices upheld same-sex marriage in California despite a 2008 constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman. The court also struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, contending that the federal government had to issue benefits to same-sex spouses in states where gay marriage is legal.
“What the Supreme Court did was strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and essentially call everyone who believes in marriage as one man and one woman a bigot and a hater of humanity,” said Staver, who sees the ruling having a far-reaching impact.
“That particular decision is being used around the country to attack state constitutional marriage laws or state laws that affirm marriage as one man and one woman. I think it’ll have a very destructive impact,” said Staver, who believes the court decisions deserve a spot alongside some of the most infamous in U.S. history.
“That decision delegitimizes the United States Supreme Court just as much as the Dred Scott decision delegitimized the Supreme Court, where they said that people of color were not citizens, and therefore they were not entitled to the protections of the Constitution,” he said. “This decision is just a bigoted opinion of five individuals. But in the meantime, I think it’ll ultimately have a very negative effect around the country.”
While Staver admits the legal momentum is not in his favor, he believes the homosexual lobby is overplaying its hand and the American public will reject it.
“The American people are seeing the underside of the same-sex agenda that we’ve warned about. That’s the intolerance of it. That is the absolute dominance of it against any worldview, particularly a Christian worldview,” said Staver, who cited the recent controversy over “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson as the latest evidence. “More and more people are starting to say, ‘This is just going too far,’ and I think this whole agenda may well overplay its hand.”
When it comes to the abortion fight, Staver is very bullish after watching many states propose and pass legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy following the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell on infanticide charges.
“The 2013 year is going to be a very historic year. More pro-life legislation was passed or put on the ballot for statewide initiatives than any other year. That momentum will continue to grow. Even Obamacare, with regard to the forced funding of abortion, has taken a number of hits with court after court after court issuing injunctions blocking Obamacare from forcing religious or even for-profit companies from having to fund abortion,” Staver said.
Noting that “2013 has been a good year,” he added, “We need to continue that momentum, but at the end of the day we need to ultimately return America to a culture of life. One child is too many children that are sacrificed for convenience.”
Just days after the 2012 elections, Staver considered Obama’s re-election so troubling he suggested it could mean the beginning of the death of America. After another year of the culture wars, does Staver stand behind that quote?
“Yes I do. I think that President Obama has been a devastatingly negative impact and effect on America, and not just on America, but around the world,” said Staver, who explained that a recent visit to a family conference in Peru showed him just how far the Obama administration is trying to push its homosexual and abortion agendas.
“One thing that was very clear is the concern that they have over the Obama administration actively working to undermine their Judeo-Christian values, particularly in the area of life and marriage,” he said. “It’s not just in Latin America. It’s all over the world. So not only are we seeing that here in America, but we’re seeing the devastating negative impact of a morally bankrupt presidency that is having a very negative and bad effect globally.”