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Meet Kamala Harris (and the Future We Must Avoid)

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Kamala Harris may not yet be a household name across the nation, but she's the uber-liberal state Attorney General of California. She hails from San Francisco and she doesn't much care for people who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, as God created it.

In fact, she pretty much disdains us.

In a press conference called to celebrate the US Supreme Court's dismissal of the appeal of Prop 8 on standing grounds, Harris said of those of us who support true marriage, "The United States Supreme Court in essence declared today: they are bystanders; they are sitting in [sic] the sidelines." She also declared happily, "The United States Supreme Court today made clear that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."

Please help us stop manipulative politicians like Kamala Harris who would silence our voice in the public square and treat us like pariahs simply for believing in the age-old, God-ordained conjugal view of marriage.

I've included a link to the video of Harris's comments so you can see them for yourself. But first I want to explain why what she said is so deeply wrong.

Of course, the US Supreme Court said nothing close to what Harris claimed, and issued no such ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. In fact, the Court specifically decided nothing about Proposition 8 other than the proponents of the initiative did not have the legal standing to bring an appeal to the Court. Only state officials responsible for defending the laws could bring an appeal, the Court's majority said. That's Harris, as Attorney General, and Governor Jerry Brown, and both refused to defend the votes of the 7 million people who passed Proposition 8.

Marriage in California has now died for lack of a defense.

Most of us would consider such actions cynical, shameful and despicable. Clearly, they undermine public confidence in the legitimacy of the legal system. Yet Kamala Harris tells us that, "it's a great day" because, "it means those people who want to deny same-sex couples the benefits of equal protection and due process under the United States constitution cannot do so simply because they don't like the notion."

In other words, the more than 7 million Californians who exercised their sovereign right to amend their state constitution — an act that the California Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly was a proper and legal use of the constitutional amendment process — don't matter because she, Kamala Harris, has determined that it was the wrong thing to do and she was not going to let them get away with this "notion." In the world of Kamala Harris, we are banished to the sidelines, not even fit to participate in civil discourse.

Harris ignored her oath of office and lied about what the Supreme Court has said about Proposition 8. Worse, her hubris and arrogance is revealed with the statement that, "I know that all Californians — as evidenced by the most recent polling that was done, 61% — support same-sex marriage and the right of these couples to marry, as equals under the law."

Memo to Kamala: even if it were true that 61% of Californians now support same-sex marriage (which is undoubtedly not true), since when does that equate to "all Californians?" And since when does some biased poll entitle the Attorney General of California to ignore duly enacted laws adopted by the voters of California (twice)?

We've got to stop politicians like Kamala Harris who are determined to force us to the sidelines, ignoring our votes and subjecting our views to second-class status. Please make a contribution today to help us fight back against Harris and her ilk.

Why does any of this matter to you? Because Kamala Harris is on the political fast-track and some Washington insiders speculate that she could be the next US Attorney General, or even a member of the US Supreme Court!

Harris was elected state Attorney General in 2010. Two years earlier, as the District of Attorney of San Francisco, she chaired Barack Obama's then underdog California campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president at a time when most of the Democratic elite were backing Hilary Clinton. President Obama owes her, and he's made it clear that he's a big admirer. (In one shockingly embarrassing moment, the president remarked that she was the "hottest" Attorney General in the country, something he had to later apologize for — and probably not just to Harris!)

If you think that things couldn't get much worse out of Washington, imagine what it would be like with Kamala Harris as US Attorney General or, God forbid, a member of the US Supreme Court. What would she do with the power of those two offices when we've already seen her utterly abandon her sworn oath of office, willingly manipulate the legal system to get a result she wants, and then lie about what the Supreme Court has decided in a major case?

I shudder to think about it.

We need your help to stop Kamala Harris and people like her. Please give generously so that NOM can fight back against any politician who suggests that our place — and that of the vast majority of Americans who believe marriage means one man/one woman — is on the sidelines.

These are tough times — we all know that. Our call is to speak, and advocate, the truth about marriage no matter what the popular culture, and ambitious politicians like Kamala Harris, have to say. Please stand with us for the truth of marriage.

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12 Comments

  1. apetra
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    When one gay couple (with "standing") challenging a law/proposition like California's somewhere else, where a governor will defend the law, appeals to the 9th Circuit or the Supreme Court, if the decision rules for states rights, Proposition 8 comes fully back into forth and there is no gay marriage in California.

  2. Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I live in California and I did not vote for this woman, I do not understand how these types of people get elected here. I voted for Prop. 8, but that did not matter. I love California, but I do not love what this state stands for.

  3. BEVERLEY WILLIAMS
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    This lady, attorney general, definitely does not speak for the majority of people not only in CA, but in all 50 states. We must come together in order to expose this agenda of a few who wans to take own America and its right to vote and be heard!

  4. Matthew Stachmus
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Please keep up the fight for truth against this insanity and evil which will not end until anything that is good and pure will be destroyed.

  5. Don Quixote de la Mancha (pseudonym)
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    "Justice Harris" would be a nightmare.

  6. John Noe
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately this is the price we pay for lost elections. It is obvious by now that there are a lot of idiot voters of marriage who do not get the facts.

    It does not do you any good to vote for marriage, like for example Prop 8 and then turn around in the same election and vote for liberal Democratic politicians who oppose our efforts in the fight for marriage.

  7. Randy E King
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    The only animus here is that of We The People in opposition to judicial supremacy; and judicial tyrants in opposition to the people's right to self government.

    We would not even be having this debate today if it were not imposed on us by our corrupted judiciary.

  8. Jane
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    These people just want to poke their finger in the eye of the Almighty with their agenda to destroy marriage.

  9. Hope
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    My parents and grandparents would be horrified at the level of hatred, manipulation and twisting of the true definition of traditional marriage by the "new Left." Harris is calling literally tens of thousands of people in the State of California "bystanders." I don't know how this woman can look herself in the face each morning clinging to that much hatred and denial of people's voices. The people will never be silenced. Illinoisans don't agree with this spectacle either.

  10. Son of Adam
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I am hoping that the antics of Kamala Harris and the CA governor on this issue creates a HUGE voter backlash in coming elections.

  11. bb
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    "These people just want to poke their finger in the eye of the Almighty with their agenda to destroy marriage."

    How long before you people go after all non-Christian marriages? Just wondering.

  12. Marco Luxe
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Wasn't part of the 'no standing' Prop 8 ruling a decision that there was no real harm to anybody? Brian: you must make a better, clearer, more logical and empirically based argument that there is real harm, not just some nebulous harm or offense to an idea [that the law can't address].

    There is harm, isn't there? I don't know what it is, but you're the expert. Hello?