Phyllis Schafly, the conservative leader who is credited with defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, is warning anyone who thinks the Supreme Court has settled the issue of “gay marriage” that “it’s not the end, it’s the beginning.”
The author of “Who Killed the American Family” told WND the decision Friday is “a shocking attempt by the Supreme Court to establish judicial supremacy in violation of everything the American Constitution has stood for.”
“We have a government of three separate powers and they have their duties, rights and obligations, but nobody assigned to the judicial branch in the Constitution has the right to overturn the law that we’ve had for millennia,” she said. “It’s just not the kind of country that we live in.”
Her comments came Friday after the Supreme Court, 5-4, ordered the creation of same-sex marriage across the nation. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning included citations to Confucius and Cicero, and his opinion was blasted by four separate dissents that found the Constitution has no reference to marriage and doesn’t support the majority opinion.
The majority included two justices, Ruth Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, who publicly had advocated for same-sex marriage even while the case was under consideration but refused to recuse themselves.
Schlafly believes the decision will create a new political movement and more legal challenges. She drew a comparison to the issue of abortion, which is “settled law” but remains a hot political issue generating opposition from millions of Americans.
“A lot of people thought when the Supreme Court handed down its bad decision in Roe v Wade, well the Supreme Court has spoken and that’s it. That settles it. Well, it didn’t settle it. It was just the beginning of a big fight. And eventually that decision’s going to be overturned. But, meanwhile, we’ve cut big holes in it because the American people did not accept the ‘rule of law’ that one human being could belong to another human being.
“The same thing will happen here. I don’t agree that Americans should submit to unilateral rule by what Lincoln called ‘that imperial tribunal.’ That’s not the kind of government we have. If we’re going to change any laws they should go through the legislative process. The idea that basically one judge should basically remake the law, a law that has been law since long before our Constitution was adopted, is just not acceptable.”
She said the idea that “one judge on the Supreme Court can just undo the whole marriage law is just not the American way.”
Paul Kengor, a historian, professor and author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” also believes there will be future legal battles.
However, Kengor warns some of those battles will have the church, or other Christian institutions, on the defensive, because there will be more attacks by the state on the religious freedom of Christians.
“With this decision, the religious persecution will now begin full throttle. These five justices have arrogated and rendered unto themselves what heretofore was the province of the laws of nature and nature’s God – the right to define what is marriage. They have made it no less than a constitutional right. Amazingly, they’ve done so even after several years of watching what leftists – in the name of ‘tolerance’ – will do to those who dare to disagree with them on redefining marriage.”
Kengor believes the marriage decision simply expands the battlefield by providing new ways for social conservatives and Christian institutions to be targeted.
“This stunning new constitutional invention of ‘gay marriage’ will be an extraordinary and extremely damaging wrecking ball for the secular left to attack religious people who disagree with them. A long period of official persecution against religious people has just been launched,” he said.
“I warned people: Do not trust the left with ‘gay marriage.’ Don’t do it. Such warnings have been ignored, including by a Supreme Court majority. This is going to get really ugly. Really, really ugly. Mark the date June 26, 2015, on your calendar.'”
Kengor says modern America has now been firmly uprooted from its religious and cultural foundations.
“This single act, or ‘thunderbolt’ as our ‘gay-marriage’ president gleefully called it, constitutes a firm separation from our nation’s Judeo-Christian underpinnings and understanding of marriage and family. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a fundamental transformation. A genuine revolution and true fundamental transformation began on this day.”
Michael Brown, an expert who holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has researched and written a number of books on homosexuality, including “A Queer Thing Happened to America,” called Friday’s decision “the worst case scenario playing out.”
Brown blasted the legal rationale behind the court’s ruling.
“As for the ruling itself, it is absolutely ridiculous, both from a legal and moral point of view, as the dissenting justices pointed out so well,” he said.
Brown also agreed with Kengor about the long-term effects of the decision.
“People now understand why we have been shouting from the rooftops for years that gay activism was the principle threat to our freedoms of religion, speech and conscience,” he said.
However, Brown also offered hope to social conservatives.
“Because it is so extreme, the ruling will only help to galvanize the pro-marriage side, just as Roe v. Wade, as tragic a ruling as it was, helped galvanize the pro-life movement, which is stronger today than it was 45 years ago. In writing my upcoming book ‘Outlasting the Gay Revolution,’ I presupposed that the court would rule in this way, already laying the groundwork of how we must respond: We refuse to compromise our convictions, and we refuse to redefine marriage.”
Brown urged Christians to remain optimistic.
“Unless the Lord comes first, today’s social madness will also pass.”
Kengor says the roots of the decision can be found in something far deeper than simply legal innovations.
“Gay marriage is a completely new move, but, in a sense, it’s also a very old one that harkens back to humanity’s oldest roots: Ye shall be as gods. Americans are now their own determinants of truth, of right and wrong, of moral absolutes and even of what things mean.
“On January 22, 1973, the court allowed Americans to determine what they consider a human life. Now, on June 26, 2015, the court allowed Americans to determine what they consider marriage and family. This truly is a new day for America, no question.”
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