The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage on Monday railed against the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases before it as “absurd,” “mind-boggling,” “wrong” and “illegitimate.”
“We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them,” Brian S. Brown, the group’s president, said in a statement. “This is wrong on so many levels.”
Brown rejected the notion that marriage could be redefined from the bench to encompass same-sex spouses and was incredulous that the nation’s highest court would have nothing to say about such an expanded definition.
“The effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’ has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently,” he wrote. “That’s the absurd belief we are being told to accept.”
Brown wrapped up by calling on voters to hold politicians — and Republican party leaders in particular — to account for the “illegitimate act of attempting to redefine marriage.”
The organization has already gone after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for fundraising on behalf of congressional hopeful Carl DeMaio in California, who is openly gay.
The Family Research Council was somewhat more optimistic about the future of marriage. President Tony Perkins said in a statement that the decision “is an indication that those on the Court who desire to redefine natural marriage recognize the country will not accept a Roe v. Wade type decision on marriage,” adding that time is on the side not of same-sex marriage advocates, but of those who see same-sex marriage as an attack on their “religious freedom.”
This post has been updated.