We find the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act deeply disturbing not only because of its overall findings but because of the intolerance displayed by the majority opinion toward those who disagree with it. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down a piece of the Act based upon a false view of unequal allocation of benefits to equal marriages. The Court’s ruling allows for federal government benefits to be available to both heterosexual and homosexual marriages; however, it appears nothing within the ruling would impact the voter-approved laws in the states on this issue. In addition, the case involving the ban on Gay Marriage by California voters was thrown out by the Court based on a technicality and not on the actual issues of the case. Today’s rulings will not end the debate but only enflame it just as Roe v. Wade did with abortion.
We strongly disagree with Justice Kennedy and the other 4 justices of the majority opinion for their intolerant views of those that disagree with them. Justice Kennedy actually labeled those who seek traditional family values rather than homosexual marriage as “enemies of the human race” which Justice Scalia strongly rebuked in his dissent. We applaud Justice Scalia for taking Kennedy to task for such reckless language. Here is an excerpt of Justice Scalia’s dissent:
But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con-demn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to “dis-parage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homo-sexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence- indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.
The Harris County Republican Party will continue to champion our conservative values such as lower taxes, smaller government, traditional family values and a strong defense. We urge you to stand with us as we are attacked from Planned Parenthood, the IRS, the Supreme Court and the Democrats. We will not compromise on our principles following the examples of President Ronald Reagan and Senator Ted Cruz.