Getting in a rut? Not I. Somebody else is:
The Rev. Franklin Graham said Monday that “activist judges” are to blame in the legalization of gay marriage.
Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was specifically referring to his home state of North Carolina. Sixty-one percent of the state’s residents, according to the Christian Post, were against same-sex marriages but a federal judge in the state recently overturned the ban on the practice anyway.
“It’s sad when a judge is able to overrule the will of the people,” Graham told WCNC Charlotte, an NBC affiliate, on Monday. “This is a democracy, and the people spoke, and we’re seeing that activist judges across the country are overturning the will of the people. We saw that in California. We’re now seeing it here in North Carolina now. I don’t know what will take place.”
So, “Activist judges” are overturning the will of the people. “This is a democracy, and the people spoke …” Yes they did. And the judges overruled the people. The judges overruled those people who opposed homosexual marriage. The judges did not overrule these people:
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. The amendment was bitterly contested, particularly by Southern states, which were forced to ratify it in order for them to regain representation in Congress. The Fourteenth Amendment, particularly its first section, is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade(1973), regarding abortion, and Bush v. Gore (2000), regarding the 2000 presidential election. The amendment limits the actions of all state and local officials, including those acting on behalf of such an official.
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Please note, Reverend Graham, the 14th Amendment was enacted principally because of the actions of people in your state, North Carolina. This amendment was ratified in the manner required by the Constitution. Your state refused to ratify it but subsequently relented when Congress passed a law requiring former Confederate states to ratify before being re-admitted into the Union. It was your state, Reverend Graham, that had an issue with the first section requiring equal protection under the law. It is equal protection under the law that the people of your state apparently still reject.
Please, Reverend Graham, don’t tell us that you and the people of your state wish to return to the good old days prior to 1861 when all people were not afforded equal protection under the law.
And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.