Ted Cruz's innovative ideas for fighting the gay marriage diktat
In regard to the gay marriage decision, "[w]hat's amazing to me is how many candidates issued statements basically saying the court has spoken, the issue is over, and it's time to move on," Ted Cruz told Sean Hannity. And, sure enough:
Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, was brief and more tempered. In a statement that ran just 82 words, he said that while he believed the court had erred, he urged respect for all couples, “including those making lifetime commitments.”
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida also criticized the decision but added, “We live in a republic and must abide by the law.” The next president, he said, must focus on protecting “the First Amendment rights of religious institutions and millions of Americans whose faiths hold a traditional view of marriage.” (Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio... have said they do not support a constitutional amendment to reverse the court’s ruling.)
Bush and Rubio are two same-sex men with close political relationships – but what about the other candidates?
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said he would push for a constitutional amendment that would allow states to continue prohibiting same-sex marriage.”
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, said that while he was certain that “some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag,” he was determined not to bow to a decision he saw as illegitimate. “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court,” he said Friday.
There are no members of the senior Republican leadership in Congress who publicly support same-sex marriage. There is not a single openly gay or lesbian Republican lawmaker in the House or the Senate.
As for Lindsey Graham, "the Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and I will respect the Court's decision[.]"
Ted Cruz has some interesting ideas. He is submitting a constitutional amendment that would allow states to define marriage. This has already been suggested in some quarters. Cruz has some other ideas as well. As a smart constitutional scholar, he says that the Constitution gives the Congress the power to strip the courts of jurisdiction. Apparently, Congress could pass a law stripping the courts of their right to define what marriage is.
Forgive me for quoting Wikipedia, but it's relatively concise and to the point:
Congress has the power to make exceptions to and regulations of the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. This court-limiting power is granted in the Exceptions Clause (Art. III, § 2). By exercising these powers in concert, Congress may effectively eliminate any judicial review of certain federal legislative or executive actions and of certain state actions, or alternatively transfer the judicial review responsibility to state courts by "knocking [federal courts]...out of the game."
Furthermore, Cruz suggested that Supreme Court justices be subject to retention elections, so they could be voted out of office if they started abusing their power.
What if conservatives went on the attack? What if they went after red-state Democrats like Claire McCaskill, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and others, claiming that their refusal to sign on to such legislation makes them complicit in forcing gay marriage down the throats of the people?
Don't be fooled by so-called polls showing support for gay marriage. If gay marriage were really as popular as the polls say, legislatures would have passed it left and right. A few years ago, even California voted against gay marriage in a referendum . It might or might not do the same today, but surely gay marriage is not the majority view in many of the other states.
I like how Scott Walker and some of the others are at least paying lip service to supporting a constitutional amendment. But I like even better how Ted Cruz is trying to come up with other innovative solutions. And by the way, for those of you who don't believe that gay marriage will lead us down a slippery slope, the decision is only a day old, and already Politico is pushing for polygamy.
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