AWOL in the Fight for Marriage

As Cliff Kincaid noted in a recent column,

Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”

Who were these six Republicans who were actually willing to stand up for the documented Republican value of marriage?

  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Senator Steve Daines of Montana
  • Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma
  • Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma
  • Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina
Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board, circa 1942-1943

Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board, circa 1942-1943

It’s a pity that the newly announced presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) did not defend marriage. At least we have a presidential candidate in Senator Ted Cruz who is willing to go to the mat for Republican values.

Ted Cruz 2016


The ratio was a little better in the House, with 51 representatiaves, or about 20% of Republicans, signing on.  Twenty percent is still pretty pathetic, though.

The Republican Party is the conservative party of record, and the Democrat Party is the liberal party of record. All things being equal, one would expect virtually all Republicans to work hard to promote conservative policy positions (i.e. protecting marriage from homosexual activists), while virtually all Democrats worked hard to promote liberal policy positions (i.e. promoting sexual anarchy and destroying the family).

So why the disparity here, where most Democrats did indeed level their guns on marriage and family, while only a little over 10% of Republicans went to bat for marriage and family?

The experiences of the past six years or more have produced two basic answers: (1) A great number of “Republicans” are little more than Democrats with an “R” after their name, otherwise known as liberal RINOs, and (2) most of the remaining Republicans who actually do believe in the documented conservative values are either incapable of arguing their way out of a wet paper bag or pee their pants at the thought that bad people might say something bad about them.

As a South Dakotan, I’m very pleased that South Dakota’s Rep. Kristi Noem was one of the 51 House Republicans who signed onto the defense of marriage; sadly, the “Republican” Speaker of the House was not a signatory.

For all his faults, in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did sign onto the defense of marriage.

But as a South Dakotan, I’m wondering: Where were Senator John Thune (R-SD-61%) and Senator Rounds? Were they out of town when this brief was put together? Couldn’t reach them by email or cell phone?  Smoke signals weren’t working? Telegram impossible?

After all, weren’t we told all last year that Mike Rounds was really a conservative (despite his record of liberal betrayals), and that even if Rounds had some, um, “issues”, we could count on John Thune to nursemaid him to do the right thing?

Anyone still believe either of those claims (if anyone believed them to begin with)?

Is it time to get rid of any and all “Republicans” who refuse to defend Republican values, before the values that made America great are completely ground to powder beneath the heel of the Left? Can pro-family people and groups legitimately support politicians who won’t support family values?

HT: Right Side.

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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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  • Bobloblaw67

    The battle was lost long ago. Did you speak up when rush limbaugh got 4 divorces? When laura Ingraham had 3 kids with no husband?

    • Bob Ellis

      I don’t recall anyone claiming divorce or children out of wedlock were desirable or morally upright behaviors, or were equivalent to marriage.

    • DCM7

      A classic logical fallacy: “Because some non-‘gay’ people have bad behaviors related to marriage, ‘gay marriage’ must be OK.”
      I believe that qualifies as a “non sequitur,” at the very least.

    • Thisoldspouse

      One aspect of your point is correct: marriage has been under vicious attack since at least the 50’s, if not earlier. These wounds are what made possible people to divorce and remarry multiple times without a blink of an eye, and for willfully single parents to be accepted with a shrug. The latest attack by the redefinitionists, though on a wholly different level, is more along the lines of opportunistic parasites - like maggots - attacking a nearly dead, or severely compromised, host.