Tea Party Tantrum Over Ky. Marriage Ruling
Unsurprisingly, Wednesday’s ruling by Federal Judge John G. Heyburn II that concluded that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states on the grounds that part of the state ban on same-sex marriage treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them" is not sitting well with most right wing Christian and Tea Party conservatives.
In a 23-page ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Heyburn II, who was appointed by George H. W. Bush, found that the government may define marriage and attach benefits to it, but cannot "impose a traditional or faith-based limitation" without a sufficient justification for it.
A press release issued by staunch marriage equality foe Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reads:
"This ruling is another example of the deep betrayal of a judicial system infected with activist judges who are legislating from the bench. If these judges want to change duly enacted laws passed by the people and their representatives, they should resign their life-time appointments to the bench and run for the state legislature or Congress. Judge Heyburn is elevating his own ideology over that of three-quarters of Kentucky voters who voted to preserve marriage in their constitution as it has always been defined.
Perkins further said:
"This ruling comes at a time when the consequences of marriage redefinition are mounting. Increasingly, Americans are being forced to finance and celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad. Rather than live-and-let-live, this court by redefining marriage will create a level of inequality that has never been seen in our country as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith,"