Five Lawyers Become Kings?
Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.
The day after the Unite States Supreme Court issued an opinion by five lawyers, one of the headlines in the newspaper said that “same sex marriage (or in their words gay marriage) is the law of the land.”
Really? Is it the law of the land? I don’t think so.
Mat Staver: Matt, this decision by five people is outrageous on so many levels. but the dissent by the Chief Justice John Roberts I think really underscores the fact that this does not represent the rule of law and we should not treat it as the rule of law. Three times Chief Justice John Roberts referred to the five justices as “five lawyers.”
He didn’t recall they were five justices, not even five members of the court, but five lawyers. I don’t remember in the history of the Supreme Court any time that the chief justice in the dissenting opinion, or frankly mostly anyone else for that matter, but particularly the chief justice, ever refer to the majority as five lawyers.
But I think it was very clear the message he was saying, and he concluded at the end of his dissent that “while some people may celebrate this decision, you should not celebrate the Constitution. The Constitution had nothing to do with it.”
Matt Barber: That’s exactly right Matt. You know we are in mourning as a nation. Those who revere the founding of this great nation, founded upon the bedrock Judeo-Christian principles of the Bible. No question about it…the Declaration of Independence…our rights are granted to us by our Creator. We have inalienable rights.
There are so many different aspects of this to discuss, but you mentioned Chief Justice John Roberts and his dissent. He said this, “This court is not a legislature. Whether same sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution judges have power to say what the law IS not what it should be. The people who ratified the Constitution authorized courts to exercise ‘neither force nor will but merely judgment.’ “
We had five unelected, unaccountable judges, through force without citing any precedent, without citing any public policy or historical aspect of this, just declare unilaterally that all of the constitutional amendments across the country defending natural marriage are somehow void.
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