Remember that statement from Rahm Emmanuel? It goes something like this "Never let a serious crisis go to waste...it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." Well, it looks like homosexual activists are taking this to heart and making a pointed attack on the DOMA through the federal courts. America needs to wake up before it’s too late. Opine Editorials’ Fitz, attorney and blogger, says “It is the first time a federal court has been appealed to by a major organization.”
From the Hartford Courant:
"Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the Boston-based legal group that successfully sued to bring same-sex marriage to Connecticut, is filing a lawsuit in federal district to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act."
"GLAD is expected to hold a press conference later today to detail the lawsuit."
What is perhaps most chilling is the fact that homosexual activists and organizations are very selective about which cases they will embark on, making it a point to feel confident they will win a case before they pursue it. They avoid negative rulings like the plague so as not to cast homosexuals in a negative light by settling or losing.
“Bringing the wrong suit in the wrong way, even for the right objective, could do serious injury not only to our right to marry, but also to the broader range of lesbian and gay rights. The wrong case, wrong judge, or wrong forum could literally set us all back years, if not decades.”
Evan Wolfson, Crossing the Threshold: Equal Marriage Rights for Lesbians and Gay Men and the Intra-Community Critique, 21 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 567, 611 (1994).
An attorney with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund notes: “The lawsuits we have done that have succeeded have been carefully planned and brought in states where we have already had the legal building blocks by doing work on other issues.”
S.F. CHRONICLE, Jan. 3, 2006, at A1 (quoting Lambda senior counsel Jennifer Pizer).
As Fitz so bluntly relates, “It looks like they’re going for it….This seems like the BIG ONE.” Time to whip out our DOMA buttons, folks. Every blog and website that defends marriage ought to have one. We need to contact our Representatives, Senators, etc. What else can we do? Fitz? What can we do? In my own mind I’ve always envisioned a march similar to the Martin Luther Civil Rights march. Can you imagine the impact that seven million Californians defending their vote would make on the California Supreme Court? Likewise, imagine the potential of filling the streets of Washington with marriage defenders from all across the country, calling for a federal marriage amendment to protect our families, our children, and our society. Would you go? Would you answer the call? Do you ever feel like sitting at a desk blogging is just not enough in today’s politically and morally decrepit climate? Homosexual activists sure don’t limit themselves and their activist activities to a desk and a computer. The Pomegranate Apple contacted a California Senator and got hung up on by an aid. I send email after email and never get a response. Beetle and I attended an open legislative hearing and discovered that our representatives have no regard for the people anymore. But is this fight really as hopeless as all this? I can’t believe that. I have to believe that it will simply require educating the people of the United States as to the urgent nature of this fight; lighting the fire, so to speak. But just as throughout history, the people need one voice to respond to that they trust. Who is that voice? Michelle Malkin? Glenn Beck? Mitt Romney? It sure isn’t me. I don’t have a large enough audience, though at times like this I wish I did. What does it take to help someone feel the burn, experience the urgency? What does it take to get people to look beyond their immediate pocketbook woes to focus on the future of society?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, be aware. Keep your eye on this lawsuit introduced by GLAD.
UPDATE 1:59pm: Senator John Kerry Backs Lawsuit Over Marriage Law (DOMA)