The rule of law was killed in Massachusetts in 2004. The judges and Governor got away with its murder.
By Amy Contrada
Much has been written on the unconstitutionality and irrationality of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell “same-sex marriage” opinion. Will governors and officials around the country kowtow to the Court and allow lawless same-sex marriage in states where it was banned? Will they imitate the disgraceful Massachusetts model? Will citizens allow this to happen?
The turning point for the radical effort to impose “same-sex marriage” (SSM) on the country was the 2003 Goodridge case in Massachusetts. There, the homosexual activists pioneered using the courts to circumvent the democratic lawmaking process and took advantage of an ambitious governor to implement their dream.
Massachusetts, 2003-2004 and beyond
In November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court opined that the state constitution (written by John Adams in 1780) guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry. As I pointed out in my book (the only documentary history of how SSM came to Massachusetts), the Court had no constitutional authority to rule on the issue, and even acknowledged it did not have the power to change the law or order the other branches to comply with its opinion. It asked the Legislature to rewrite the marriage laws over the next six months to allow for same-sex couples, but that never happened. The state marriage law to this date has not been changed from one man + one woman, but that didn’t stop Governor Mitt Romney from ordering state officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in early 2004.
Worse yet, the national Republican establishment gave Governor Romney a huge pass when he became the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012. His record was whitewashed or ignored, not only on Romney Care but also on his unconstitutional implementation of SSM and his support for the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. (Just one example: Romney’s Commission headliner in 2005 was “transgender warrior” Leslie Feinberg, editor of Workers World, who led teens in their annual Youth Pride parade).
It came as no surprise to read a few months ago that 23 of Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign staff signed the “Republican” petition to the Court urging the Supreme Court to rule for SSM. After all, their standard bearer had made his position clear long before. In 1994, he told the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans and the Boston “gay” newspaper that if elected Senator he would fight for “gay rights” and even do more than Ted Kennedy “to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens.” His actions as governor in 2004 fulfilled that promise.