Same-Sex Marriage Activists Like Their Chances With The Courts Rather Than The People of Ohio

This week, a national same-sex marriage organization announced a continuation of the flow of the same-sex marriage money into the Buckeye state. (Please read this article in the Columbus Dispatch for more details).

CCV continues to welcome the debate over marriage policy in Ohio. CCV President Phil Burress stated, “The U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 2013 Windsor case that each state maintains the right to self-determine marriage policy. Nearly four million Ohioans voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman in Ohio. We believe the people, who George Washington called the “keepers” of our Constitution, deserve to have their voice stand.”

The fact that national same-sex marriage activists have their sights set on Ohio is not a new development. Same-sex marriage activist Michael Premo, brought into Ohio from New Jersey, told the Toledo Blade earlier this year that “there is no more important state than this one [Ohio]…When we win, that will be the ballgame.” And it’s hardly new knowledge that national same-sex marriage backers have large purse strings – In 2012, they spent $42.2 million in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington.

But the Dispatch article does confirm an interesting development; the narrative and strategy of the same-sex marriage movement has changed, and it’s not to the benefit of the democratic process. After many years of claiming rapid increases in public support for same-sex marriage by citing highly-suspect polls, same-sex marriage activists are now pulling a 180 degree shift and demeaning the democratic process in favor of having liberal judges carry out their agenda.

“Freedom to Marry prefers winning in the courts over putting the issue to voters,” national campaign director Marc Solomon said to the Columbus Dispatch. Solomon stated, “We want to win. We want to prevail. We think we have a very solid chance of prevailing through the courts. Ballot issues are never our preferred way of going.”

Freedom to Marry then criticized the ballot process as a “popularity contest.“  This is a typical elitist mindset of many liberals who imply that they are smarter than the public.

These statements and strategy from the same-sex marriage movement should alarm Ohioans who value the democratic process. The ballot and constitutional amendment process is the foundation of our constitutional republic.

Why are same-sex marriage activists resorting to activist judges to accomplish their goal of legalizing same sex marriage? Because they are losing public support as more and more people realize that homosexual activists’ aims go beyond redefining marriage into the end goal of punishing dissent and anyone who disagrees with them. Recent attacks on the religious freedom and free speech of individuals like Mozilla’s CEO or small-business florist and bakery owners are proving that the very group that preaches “tolerance” has repeatedly shown an extreme intolerance toward people of faiths or others that happen to disagree with them about same-sex marriage.

Phil Burress pointed out, “The people of Ohio should not have their voices shut out by well-financed special interests and activist judges.”