John Eastman, chairman of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), this week decried the onslaught of
rulings overturning state marriage bans, saying it felt as if he were
living in Stalinist Russia.
Two federal appeals courts have knocked
down bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma. And in the coming weeks –
starting Wednesday in Cincinnati – three additional appeals courts
will take up similar challenges.
circuit judges considering gay marriage bans in 4 states hard to
State courts are also chipping away at
the bans, including recent rulings in Arkansas, Colorado and Florida.
judge declares Florida gay marriage ban invalid.)
Marriage equality supporters have won
in every courtroom since the Supreme Court last year struck down a
key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which led to the
federal government's recognition of the legal marriages of gay
couples, though two of the decisions were split.
Speaking to Aljazeera
America, Eastman blamed his side's piling losses on politics
and so-called “activist judges.”
“We keep making the argument of the
importance of marriage, that it takes a man and a woman to make a
child and that the state can’t continue to redefine that if
civilization’s policy goal is to support families rather than water
down marriage to be about any adult relationship,” Eastman said.
“These judges keep saying that’s not what marriage is. Based on
what? It’s like we’re in Stalinist Russia.”
Eastman blamed public opinion for
influencing “justices who are known largely, though not
exclusively, for being activist political judges” nominated by
“This is just raw politics,” he