Thirty-four states have not approved same-sex marriage but Eric Holder will ignore states rights on this issue and recognize same-sex marriage as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters which will include US courts, bankruptcies, prison visits, criminal proceedings, and survivor benefits. The announcement was made today in a news release prior to his speech this evening to a gay activist organization.
The DOJ refused to enact DOMA and recently overturned the Utah law against same-sex marriage. This move by the DOJ is not about giving benefits which they could give without giving it the force of law. This is about the federal government violating states rights and the sovereignty of the states. It is about redefining marriage. Redefining marriage affects everyone in the United States. It will have sweeping implications in the future.
Holder has picked up Obama’s pen and phone dictatorial approach.
Holder is giving a speech tonight at the Human Rights Campaign (gay rights advocates) in New York City and this will be the focus.
On Monday, a memo will be released that says same-sex marriages will be recognized ‘to the greatest extent possible under the law.’ Those words should give people pause, particularly people who believe marriage is between a man and a woman. It has enormous implications.
Holder will make this equal to the 1960’s civil rights struggle in his speech this evening, evoking the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy.
Every single proceeding where the DOJ has standing, which is almost every proceeding, and under this administration it is every proceeding, same-sex marriages will have the same privileges, protections and rights as traditional marriages.
Any type of compensation afforded heterosexual couples will be afforded to same-sex couples.
“Just like during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the stakes involved in this generation’s struggle for LGBT equality could not be higher,” Holder said. “As attorney general, I will not let this Department be simply a bystander during this important moment in history.”
The possible issue for traditional Americans isn’t that same-sex couples will receive the benefits of heterosexual couples. They should receive the same benefits but there are other implications in the wording offered by Holder.
The problem with this is two-fold. First, Eric Holder is superseding states rights in this matter and secondly, if there is a recognition ‘to the greatest extent of the law’, will it affect churches who refuse to marry same-sex couples but who receive tax-exempt status?
Mr. Obama has already made it clear that he thinks we are a secular country. He does not recognize the rights of conscience as he has made clear with the HHS mandate. Rulings like this are cause for concern.
Churches can give up their tax-exempt status but in doing so, they are relinquishing some government protections with it. They are hanging out there, almost admitting that they are opposing the law and justice.
Forgetting how you feel about same-sex marriage, Holder is nullifying states rights and subjugating states rights to federal jurisdiction on his whims. He wouldn’t wait for the Supreme Court decision on the matter because this is an imperial presidency.
Russian-American gay activist, Masha Alexandrovna Gessen, speaking at a conference in Sydney, Australia, said that she hates lying about the purpose of gay marriage which, she asserts, is to destroy the institution of marriage. I do appreciate her honesty. She said this:
“Gay marriage is a lie, fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there.
But I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. … ‘Marriage equality’ becomes ‘marriage elasticity,’ with the ultimate goal of ‘marriage extinction.’”
She then went on to describe how her children have five parents as the result of her first failed relationship and so on. She believes that, because of marriage, the legal system does not accommodate these types of relationships.
The institution of marriage will irrevocably change with the full acceptance of gay marriage as Ms. Gessen said. Of that there is not doubt.
Update: Eric Holder’s speech