Leading Christian conservative Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association claims President Obama “committed an impeachable offense” by supporting marriage equality in California and refusing to defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.
In a column published on Friday, March 1, Fisher argues that Obama has “committed an impeachable offense by refusing to defend DOMA in court.” Fisher goes on to make the usual anti-gay conservative Christian argument that gay marriage is “contrary to the laws of nature and nature’s God,” and is “destructive to human health” and “bad for kids.”
Fisher goes on to make some additional controversial and inflammatory claims:
“Homosexual sex is not behavior that any rational society should endorse, promote, normalize, or protect in law. Calling relationships 'marriages' that are based on the act of sodomy, which was a felony everywhere in America for the first 255 years of our existence, gives society's ultimate stamp of approval to behavior that is self-destructive, destroys human health and shortens life. This is obviously short-sighted and callous public policy.”
Like many conservative Christians, Fisher argues that rather than supporting marriage equality, the government should instead campaign against homosexuality.
Currently, Fisher and other Christian conservatives are angry that the Obama administration filed an amicus brief on Thursday, Feb. 28, arguing that California’s Proposition 8 violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
On Friday, March 1, President Obama said that he would vote to legalize same-sex marriage in the entire nation, were he one of the Supreme Court justices considering the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.
Obama first publicly endorsed marriage equality on May 9, 2012.
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