Firebombing Marriage and the Rule of Law

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

As many expected, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s demonstrated hostility toward the rule of law in recent years, SCOTUS has, in a legal and official capacity, made marriage completely meaningless in the United States.  In the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to ignore all constitutional limits on its authority, along with thousands of years of recognition that marriage can only be formed by a man and a woman, and decided to force it’s desire to counterfeit marriage onto the entire United States.

How did we get here?  How did a nation founded on Christian principles and resolute devotion to the rule of law come to the point of firebombing society’s most important institution–marriage–and along with it, the rule of law in our country?

Most people instinctively understand what is in the crosshairs of a societal “nuclear missile” when the U.S. Supreme Court sides with radical Leftist homosexual activists and forces counterfeit marriage on the states. It has been covered in enough detail by myself and many others that no informed person in the United States can still be ignorant of what’s at stake, even if they don’t care about the damage to children (who depend on the integrity of that institution) and the institution of marriage, or the freedom of parents to raise virtuous children without indoctrination to accept evil, or the glaring threat to religious liberty the counterfeit marriage movement constitutes (a freedom under withering attack after five years in our armed forces). The state interest in preserving marriage is what the founders of our great nation once called “self evident.”

marriage illustration

An illustration of a counterfeit marriage, and a real marriage

Beyond the pop culture propaganda and the herd instinct for approval, most decent people also instinctively understand that equating the act of sodomy with the institution of marriage is a farce.  One might as well talk of joining two pieces of metal together with two bolts or two nuts, or of welding something together with water, or of passing off a gum wrapper as a $20 bill. Since the state has no real interest in maintaining a “friendship registry” or officially recognizing who is humping who on a regular basis, it is logically apparent that marriage is about creating the next generation of human beings and then proving the best, most balanced and stable environment for their development. The farce of counterfeit marriage is made all the more glaring when we face the truth of the scarcity of monogamy in the homosexual community, even among those who claim monogamy.

But beyond the critical issues of children, family and religious freedom, the way this issue has been forced on the people of the United States by rogue courts constitutes a direct and devastating assault on the rule of law in our once-great nation. It behooves us to stop for a moment and examine closely how the courts forcing counterfeit marriage on the American people strikes at the stability of everything we enjoy in the United States.

Researching this is somewhat difficult due to the tremendous amount of propaganda and misinformation out there. The “mainstream” media has for several years been saying that counterfeit marriage is “legal” in this state or that state, long before even the few who have now done so actually passed a law allowing marriage to be counterfeited.  Even Wikipedia, managed and updated largely by Leftists, is very “selective” and often inconsistent in the information it provides. To find the truth, you have to dig and you have to cross-reference, and you almost have to know what you’re looking for in order to have a hope of finding some of it. History is being “rewritten” by the Left, almost as fast as the clock ticks, and a force that can trick you out of your history can deceive you out of almost anything–including your freedom and your heritage.

Woodrow Wilcox


Just a few short years ago (prior to the all-out Leftist war on marriage under Barack Obama), the lines were pretty clear. As of early 2009:

  • 30 states had constitutional amendments defining and protecting what every civilization throughout human history has instinctively understood: that marriage can only be formed by a man and a woman
  • 12 states protected marriage with Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs)
  • 6 states had nothing in law either way, relying on the understanding every civilization throughout human history has instinctively held: that marriage can only be formed by a man and a woman
  • 2 states (Massachusetts and Connecticut) were operating under an environment of court-imposed counterfeit marriage (due to the fecklessness of their executive branches), but there was still nothing in law calling for a departure from the understanding held by every civilization throughout human history, i.e. that marriage can only be formed by a man and a woman
In 2009, 45 states had DOMA laws or constitutional amendments protecting marriage.


In the wake of the “sexual revolution” and the departure from the historical moral values of America, the overwhelming majority of the states saw problems coming and began in the 1970s to put into statute what every civilization throughout thousands of years of human history had recognized: that it takes a man and a woman to form a marriage. As homosexual activists stepped up their game and as judicial activists began to openly display their contempt for the rule of law, many states moved again in the 1990s and early 2000s to attempt to elevate marriage out of the reach of these black-robed tyrants and enshrine marriage into their state constitutions.  By the time ultra-Leftist Barack Obama ascended to the presidency in 2009, 84% of the states had stated in law (statutes and constitutions) that marriage can only be formed by a man and a woman, and efforts were under way in the remaining states to do the same.


But when lawlessness is allowed to assert itself, and good people do nothing to stand against lawlessness, things can shift rather quickly. The apparent situation has changed some since 2009, though not substantially so.  Several federal courts have usurped the power that belongs to the states and the people under our constitutional form of government, and have issued illegal edicts to force counterfeit marriage on on the people of some states.  There are now 8 states that have lawfully passed legislation authorizing homosexual activists to counterfeit marriage, though the overwhelming majority of those did so only after the U.S. Supreme Court usurped power not granted to it under the U.S. Constitution and presumed to substitute its will for that of the people’s duly elected representatives.

Under our constitutional form of government, where the U.S. Constitution does not grant authority to the federal government to usurp authority held by the states under Article 1 Section 8 and the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, only 8 of 50 states (or 16%) have lawfully and constitutionally chosen to allow the unique institution of marriage to be counterfeited.

For those who may not be aware, our national form of government is a limited one. The federal government was created by the states (not the other way around), and the states delegate (i.e. something you to do authorize a subordinate to act on your behalf) some of their authority to the federal government to act in certain areas.  Those areas are enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.  As the Tenth Amendment makes additionally clear, any powers not specifically delegated to the federal government are retained by the states and the American people, meaning the federal government has no power to act in those areas. “Father of the Constitution” James Madison still further clarified this in Federalist No. 45:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.

Though the aforementioned eight states (or 16%) have approved counterfeit marriage in the only lawful way it can happen under our constitutional form of government, it cannot be understated how much the Supreme Court’s unlawful act, coupled with the full-court-press of lies and propaganda perpetrated by the “mainstream” media, has made possible even the meager gains the Left has been able to illegitimately wrestle from the hands of the people and from God himself.

That propaganda ranges from the collaborative efforts of homosexual activists and the media to rehabilitate the image of the behavior of the homosexual community, to the media’s whitewashing of the incredible dangers associated with homosexual behavior, to fraudulent pseudo-science, to the faux and hypocritical comparisons between innate physical characteristics like skin color and a sexual behavior, to disingenuous cries for “equal rights” that already exist (homosexuals can already marry, subject to the same requirements as everyone else) and are actually demands for a special “right” to deceive and to force others to bend to the will of the Left.

We have reached this point because the American people have allowed themselves to be lied to.  We have sunk to this low point because the states and the American people have for decades failed to do anything about the usurpations of the federal government in general and the federal court system in particular. As a bully on the playground will continue to take more and more and more if you don’t stand up for yourself, so bullies in Washington D.C. will continue to take more and more and more authority that belongs to the American people from them if we do not stand up and stop it.

I spent 10 years in the Air Force and my background was law enforcement, which means I have substantial training and education in recognizing what is lawful and what is not, but every military member is taught beginning in basic training the concept of the “lawful order.”  Military members swear an oath to obey the orders of their leaders…so long as those orders are lawful.  Any order given by a superior commissioned officer or non-commissioned officer must be lawful before the subordinate is legally bound to obey it.  In other words, if a superior issues an order to a subordinate that lacks authority or is contrary to established law, then that order is not lawful and should NOT be obeyed.  A subordinate who obeys an unlawful order can be prosecuted for doing so.

“We the people” have spoken through over 40 state laws and constitutional amendments protecting the definition of marriage as it has been known by every human civilization for thousands of years, and we have done so through the federal DOMA passed by a Republican congress and signed into law by a Democrat president. Judges have no lawful authority to ignore or set aside a law or laws passed in accordance with our state and federal constitution–as every one of these were.  For a judge or group of judges to attempt to do so is illegal behavior, it is rogue behavior, and it should be fully and completely resisted by every person in the United States who cares about the rule of law.

Every governor and every government official in the United States, both at the state level and the federal level, should resist and refuse to obey any unlawful order that comes from the judiciary.  Under the American form of constitutional government, “we the people” make our own laws through our elected representatives in the legislative branch.  Under the American form of constitutional government, appointed judges do NOT make law; legally, they can only adjudicate according to existing and duly enacted law which is passed by the legislative branch and signed into law by the executive branch, and they are not always right (anyone want to argue that Dred Scott was morally the property of a white man?).

As many Christian leaders have already pledged civil disobedience, every governor and every government official in the United States (along with every citizen) should join them and ignore any unlawful edicts from the judicial branch

Any and all judges who attempt to usurp powers which do not belong to them, any and all judges who attempt to trample the right to self government (that was exhibited in 42 states in statutorily defining marriage as between a man and a woman), should be immediately impeached and removed from office as the belligerent tyrants they are. We should have been doing this for years (if we had, we would be nowhere near the sad state we are today), and we should be doing it today.

The hour is late, but it’s never too late to turn back from evil and begin the process of restoring law and liberty. There was a time when evil men got away with perverting the truth that all men (regardless of skin color) are entitled to equal rights and protection under the law, and good men put an end to it. Before that, there was a time when evil men got away with perverting the truth that all men (regardless of skin color) are created equal and are not owned by any other man, and good men put an end to that. Before that, there was a time when evil men got away with trampling the God-given liberties of other men, and good men stood up and put an end to that.

We are at another time where evil men are poised to walk all over what is good and right and true, and make a complete mockery of morality and the rule of law in the United States. We all have a duty to refuse to abide by unlawful and immoral edicts.

The silver lining in this tide of evil is that we are at a time of winnowing in America, where the wheat is being separated from the chaff. As the fake Christians are being exposed in contrast with the real ones, so the fake Republicans and conservatives are being exposed in contrast to the real ones…and the real lovers of liberty are being exposed in contrast to the fakers who can only mouth empty, deceiving words.

Is the American spirit still alive?  Who will stand against this tyranny?  Will any federal representatives or senators stand against it with articles of impeachment?  Will any governors or legislators stand against tyranny with new legislation and refusals to bow to tyranny?  Will the American people rise up and demand that their representatives in their government do their job (no more, no less) or be immediately removed from office?

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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