Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox says marriage equality will “irretrievably” destroy his right to self-government
Joe.My. God reports this week that fifteen attorneys general, including MT AG Tim Fox, have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they try to claim that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. From the brief:
The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens. The fact that Americans have reached different conclusions about this novel question is not a sign of a constitutional crisis that requires correction by this Court. It is rather a sign that our Constitution is working as it should. In our federal system, this issue must be resolved by the “formation of consensus” at the state level. To resolve it instead through federal judicial decree would demean the democratic process, marginalize the views of millions of Americans, and do incalculable damage to our civic life in this country.
Fox and friends acknowledges that there are “constitutional guarantees” on the equal application of marriage laws, but that somehow those guarantees do not apply to LGBT Americans.
#MTLeg Week in Review
Here’s the latest weekly Youtube updates from Montana Democratic legislators. This week’s update is from Rep. Margie MacDonald and Sen. Brad Hamlett:
Representing the People Means Different things to Some Lawmakers
While many legislators were representing their constituents by paying close attention to issues being debated in on the House Floor yesterday, Rep. Mark Noland (R-Bigfork) was perusing his TEA Party “Honor or Dishonor” score on the Lewistown TEA Party webpage.