Two Virginia Congressmen, along with 57 other conservative politicians from around the country, have signed a document asking the Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage ahead of the big hearing at the end of this month.
Congressmen Randy Forbes (R-4) and Robert Goodlatte (R-6) are both among the list of names, along side Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
The 32-page document outlines why the political leaders feel legalizing same-sex marriage through the highest court in the land would “circumvent the proper resolution of these profound and divisive issues through state democratic processes.”
Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, like every other states, was passed by popular vote in the early 2000′s. Those who oppose the unions have long argued legalization through the judicial process, similar to how segregation, mysingiation, and broader civil rights for african americans, over looks the democratic process.
The document goes on to say that if same-sex marriage is found legal by the Supreme Court, “such a decision could damage the rights of a self-governing people. It would set an unwarranted precedent, with effects far beyond this case, of federal encroachment into a traditional area of state concern, and of judicial pre-emption of an area that the Constitution allots to democratic process.”
Congressman Forbes, who’s district runs from Norfolk to Goochland, just to the south of RVA, has a history of pushing and anti-LGBTQ agenda. In 2012, he scolded the pentagon for allowing openly gay men and women in the armed services to march in their uniforms. In 2007, Forbes said the passage of federal protections for LGBT employees would lead to the end of traditional marriage.
Goodlatte voting history is similarly torrid when it comes to LGBTQ issues – he’s voted against expanding protections for LGBTQ employees and has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.
“… we must also make sure that the values held by communities, churches, and families are not infringed upon,” reads the ‘Family Values’ section of Del. Goodlatte, who’s district stretches from Roanoke to Warrenton, VA. “I will continue to work to protect the traditional values that have made America strong for over 200 years.”