Yesterday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, came up with a unique reason for opposing same-sex marriage. During his committees hearings on Obamas decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act because he finds it unconstitutional, Smith said that same-sex marriage would have been opposed by the Founding Fathers.
One imagines Smiths statement is true, considering that the FFs wrote the Constitution in the late 18th century, but its the first time this writer has heard of a lawmaker claiming the FFs as guides to social policy. If Smith and his GOP colleagues want to use the Founding Fathers views as an infallible guide, Congress would also have to take away womens right to vote; take away the right to vote of anyone under the age of 21 or anyone who isnt a land owner; and return African Americans to a state of slavery. Other possible changes could include a ban on all vehicles powered by internal combustion engines; outlawing radio, telegrams and television; a ban on electricity, and, possibly, a ban on lunatic rednecks making public policy. Seriously, do people like Smith even bother to think before they open their mouths to speak?