Some interesting questions from Benedict Roberts. I really have a hard time with our Chief Justice since he was the deciding factor on Obamacare. A decision that will be with us forever.
Check it out:
Here’s the headline: “Chief Justice John Roberts Compares Gay Marriage To Forcing A Child To Call Someone ‘A Friend.'” They have released the audio of the oral arguments now, and this is the story from Mediaite. “The optimism that Jean Podrasky, cousin of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, displayed when she told The Los Angeles Times that she ‘trust(s) he will go in a good direction’ in deciding whether same-sex couples have the right to marry may have been misplaced. On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Tuesday afternoon, fill-in host Chris Cillizza played some sound from today’s oral arguments on Proposition 8, in which Roberts compares gay marriage rights to forcing a child to call someone a friend.”
Whoa-ho! That could not have gone over well inside the court.
“In one of the early pieces of sound to emerge from oral arguments … Roberts made a particularly brain-dead comparison that might portend disappointment for his cousin. ‘If you tell a child that somebody has to be their friend, I suppose you can force the child to say “this is my friend,” but it changes the definition of what it means to be a friend. And that’s, it seems to me, what (supporters?) of Proposition 8 are saying here. All you’re interested in is the label, and you insist on changing the definition of the label.'”
So let me interpret this for you. What Roberts is saying, marriage is a man and a woman. It’s what it’s always been. It’s what the word means. Now you want the label to mean something new so you may as well start telling kids that they have to tell everybody that they’re their friend. I know exactly what he’s talking about. He’s simply saying marriage is what it is. If you go to the dictionary, marriage has a specific definition.