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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Let the Schadenfreude Begin (Update)

A press release from Mat Staver, head of the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, one of those "Christian" law firms that undertakes to charge gallantly to the aid of poor, downtrodden, persecuted "Christians."

"As a result of the purposeful misinterpretation of Judge Hinkle’s now infamous 'clarification' in the federal case Brenner v. Scott, clerks of court throughout Florida began today issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, disregarding their oaths to uphold the Florida Constitution. And despite appeals of Judge Hinkle’s ruling and the state court marriage cases waiting to be heard, Florida Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel yesterday lifted her own stay in one of those cases, Pareto v. Ruvin, to allow same-sex 'marriages' to begin immediately in Miami-Dade County. We are witnessing a decay of the rule of law. Judges are lawlessly conducting same-sex marriages. Judge Zabel should be ashamed and should face an inquiry, because her act of performing same-sex marriages for the litigants over which she presides betrays the public trust that judges should be impartial. Judge Zabel should be impeached."

It seems Staver personally authored the Florida constitutional amendment that was overturned. And, given his reasoned and dispassionate analysis of the situation in Florida right now, it becomes obvious why Liberty Counsel has such an impressive string on losses to its credit.

Haven't heard from Brian Brown yet. I wonder why not?

Via Joe.My.God.

Update: Ah, Brian Brown has spoken -- but strangely enough, he's not claiming a major victory. No, this time, he's making demands:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' in Florida is the result of an illegitimate act by a federal judge and demanded that the US Supreme Court grant review of a pending case from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The Supreme Court never affirmed that right to begin with, so I don't see them reaffirming it any time soon.

You can read the whole post if you like, but be warned: it's the usual tissue of misrepresentations, elisions, and lies.

Via Good As You.

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