Robert Knight

By accusing traditional marriage backers of being motivated only by animus against homosexuals, the U.S. Supreme Court has become the most prominent hate group in the country.

It’s hateful to defame people by falsely accusing them of bigotry. If you want to see how it’s done, check out the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been defaming Christians for years.

Or read Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in U.S. v. Windsor. It leaves little room for concluding otherwise that the 342 House members and 85 Senators who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, plus President Bill Clinton, apparently were full of hate. So, too, is anyone who believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman, including a majority of North Carolina voters last year.

Tens of millions of Americans have voted to strengthen state marriage laws, including 31 constitutional amendments. The hate net is sagging at the seams with all those people in it.

If you think about it, the net includes all major religions and billions of people around the world who regard marriage as the union of male and female. It would include billions more if you counted all the generations before us. Who knew that marriage rested on so much hate?

Justice Antonin Scalia notes acidly in his dissent that Kennedy’s ruling, which includes a claim of judicial supremacy that Scalia calls “jaw-dropping,” means, “hate your neighbor or come along with us.”

Scalia adds that for “supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence -- indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history,” traditionalist Americans have been declared by the Court to be “enemies of the human race.”

In his majority opinion, Kennedy writes of DOMA, “no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure” homosexual couples.

In other words, the main purpose of DOMA is to demean homosexuals, not legally protect a unique, positive institution created by God and older than any government.

The Court didn’t quite declare same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, but it created the framework to accomplish that end. “By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency,” Scalia warns, “the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.”

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.