Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
The National Organization for Marriage has really had a tough go of it recently. No matter how loudly they denounce LGBT families as “abnormal” and regardless of how aggressively they try to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks,” it seems the discriminatory marriage bans they hold so dear keep getting struck down.
So now, instead of continuing to defend these marriage bans in court, NOM has instead decided the best strategy moving forward is for anti-equality governors to simply ignore the federal courts that rule the bans unconstitutional.
Today, NOM President Brian Brown (who says homosexuality is "not logical" and "degrading to the human soul”) put out a statement calling on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to “reject the idea that Kansas must abandon marriage because out of control federal judges say so."
Even though a federal district court judge struck down Kansas’s marriage ban. And even though a federal circuit court of appeals with jurisdiction over Kansas has ruled these state marriage bans unconstitutional. And even though the Supreme Court of the United States said that same-sex marriages should begin in Kansas. NOM thinks Governor Brownback shouldn’t allow same-sex couples to marry in his state because all those judges and court rulings don’t matter.
As it turns out, the U.S. Constitution rather clearly spells out the powers vested in the federal judiciary and nowhere does it say state governors can ignore federal court rulings because they don’t like them.