Some conservative leaders, irate over a federal appeals court ruling striking down California’s same-sex marriage ban, angrily accused the court of liberal bias, activism, and unconstitutional overreach.
“This ruling substitutes judicial tyranny for the will of the people, who in the majority of states have amended their constitutions, as California did, to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” protested Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president, in a statement. He said the ruling was “not surprising, coming from the most liberal Circuit Court in the country.”
“As sweeping and wrong-headed as this decision is, it nonetheless was as predictable as the outcome of a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition game,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.
SaveCalifornia.com President Randy Thomasson singled out for criticism the two judges who wrote the majority opinion, both of whom were appointed by Democratic presidents; the dissenting judge was appointed by a Republican.
“The Ninth Circuit ruling to strike down man-woman marriage, by a Carter judge and a Clinton judge, is unfair to the voters, against our republic, against our democratic system, against the United States Constitution, against Nature, and against God and His beneficial design of family,” Thomasson said. “Judicial activists like Stephen Reinhardt and Michael Daly Hawkins need to be reined in.”