In the wake of last month's two historic Supreme Court marriage equality decisions, anti-gay organizations began a nosedive as they attempted to plot a new course to victory. One organization in particular - the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) - took the news particularly hard. First came the outrage and disbelief from their Communications Spokesbigot Thomas Peters that only seemed to worsen as time passed. Similarly, Brian Brown and others at NOM expressed disbelief that the battle for "traditional marriage was over" right up until one of their organization's board members - science fiction author Orson Scott Card - announced that the gay marriage debate was "moot" since it's now inevitable. Thus far Brown (and NOM as a whole) seem to be ignoring his wisdom as they've just released a "Path Forward" on their blog this week.
Of particular interest is the first comment to the piece that correctly notes that the piece claims "38 states that define marriage as being only between a man and a women. With the latest supreme court ruling, hasn't that dropped to 37 since CA now allows gay marriage?" Enter perpetually butthurt whiner (and NOM spokesman) Thomas Peters response:
"Prop 8 remains the law in CA. Clerks have been ordered to ignore it."
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Ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court found that Proposition 8's supporters did not have standing to actually bring the case to court in the first place as they could demonstrate no personal or tangible harm that would justify standing. Since the case was punted back to the previous court, the previous court's ruling stands. And what was that ruling? Right, the law is unconstitutional. In fact, that same court those in favor of Prop 8 took the case to lifted their self-imposed stay on marriage license issuing the day the U.S. Supreme Court made their ruling.
Whether Peters (and NOM as a whole) likes it or not, Prop 8 is toast. Just as politicians like Michele Bachmann chose to attack the Constitution when a decision didn't go her way, ignoring the results of lawsuits won't make NOM's claims any more true. And with heros like Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, NOM may have to make a few more statistical adjustments very soon.