Earlier this week, the US attorney general issued a press release stating that the US justice department will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage act (DOMA), in court. DOMA has been challenged recently in court and seems to be on shaky constitutional ground.
In response to this news, the Religion News Service (a pretty good source, in my opinion) ran a pretty interesting article entitled “If Obama won’t fight gay marriage, conservatives will.” Basically, 3 conservative Christian legal groups are going to continue to go to court to defend DOMA. Who are these groups? Well, I’m glad you asked…
The Liberty Counsel is headed by Matt Staver who also happens to be the Dean of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Law school. The Alliance Defense Fund‘s founders include Bill Bright, D. James Kennedy, and James Dobson. The American Center for Law and Justice was founded by Pat Robertson. All 3 were started around the early 1990’s–apparently the height of the “Culture Wars.” All three groups have stopping abortion, same sex marriage, and any discrimination against Christians as their goals.
So there you have it. The “Culture War” in a nutshell. When it comes to legal access to marriage for gays or abortion for women Jerry Falwell(deceased), Pat Robertson and James Dobson are standing in your way and will do anything to stop you–including forming legal groups to defend unconstitutional laws. The end.
You’re probably asking why I changed the word “conservatives” to “Christians,” in the title of this post. Although there may be liberal Christians who are pro gay marriage, there isn’t a single non-religious argument against gay marriage. If you’re against gay marriage in this day and age, it’s because of your religious beliefs.