Lee Benson of the Deseret News decided to tally up the results of all the marriage definition votes which have occurred nationwide since 1998, just to see how much support there is for gay marriage. To no one's surprise, he found that 64 percent of Americans who've voted on marriage definition issues during that time voted to keep the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. And Benson published his results on December 1st, 2008 in the Deseret News.
The great marriage election debate began with Alaska and Hawaii in 1998, continued with Nebraska in 2000, then Nevada in 2002, followed by 13 more states in 2004 (Montana, Oregon, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan and Utah), another two in 2005 (Kansas and Texas), eight more in 2006 (Virginia, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee), and finally Florida, Arizona and California in 2008. In all, 58,911,741 Americans over the past decade have cast votes on the issue. The overall score is 37,662,846 for traditional marriage to 21,248,894 for gay marriage.
That's a 30-0 record. In every state where the people have been allowed to decide, traditional marriage has been upheld. Only in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where judges alone decided the issue, did gay marriage become legal.
But the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is more impressed with the will of unelected judges than with the voice of the people. The SPLC announced that on November 17th, they filed an amicus curiae brief calling for the state's Supreme Court to maintain the right to same-sex marriage.
The SPLC brief argues that the California Supreme Court should exercise its original jurisdiction in the case, rather than waiting years for the matter to work itself through the court system. The brief also asked the Court to issue a stay order, preserving the status quo — full recognition and continued availability of same-sex marriages — until the Court can address the validity of a ballot initiative that denies what the SPLC considers a "fundamental" right to an entire class of individuals. [Ed. Note: The term "fundamental" right has been consistently interpreted by strict constructionists to mean "formally-specified Constitutional rights". The so-called right to marry is not specified in the Constitution, so it is not considered a fundamental right. Obviously, the SPLC and its allies use a broader definition of "fundamental".]
The SPLC brief is in addition to other petitions challenging the validity of Proposition 8. On November 19th, the Court granted the request to exercise original jurisdiction over all three of the petitions, and set an expedited briefing schedule requiring completion of all filings by January 21st, 2009. But the Court also denied multiple requests to stay enforcement of Proposition 8 pending its determination on the validity of the ballot initiative.
The SPLC markets itself as a leading resource to combat "hate groups". But an examination of their website shows a disproportionate focus on white "hate groups", and little to no focus on non-white groups. While the SPLC reaches out so far as to consider immigration restrictionists to be "haters", they give Latino hate groups like La Raza, the Mexica Movement, and the Mechistas a free pass. In addition, as evidenced by the SPLC's blogroll, they show a pronounced left-wing bias, further crimping their credibility.
The SPLC's ideal of a 'family'
Many have attempted to rip the mask of pseudo-respectability from the face of the SPLC. The latest is a Baltimore Sun weekly columnist named Ron Smith. In a column entitled "The truth about 'hate crimes' and the racial justice racket" published December 3rd, 2008, Smith lashes out at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), denouncing it as a clever scam and exposing its liberal bias. First, he discloses how good the hate racket has been for Dees:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a thriving business. The Alabama-based "nonprofit" firm has become a font of riches for founder Morris Dees and his associates. Its last tax return (2005) showed it took in nearly $111 million in donations the previous four years alone and reported assets of $189.4 million at the end of 2005. [Ed. Note: According to the Charity Navigator website, the SPLC raked in over $13.3 million in net profit in 2006.]
Its business is fundraising, and its success at raking in the cash is based on its ability to sell gullible people on the idea that present-day America is awash in white racism and anti-Semitism, which it will fight tooth-and-nail as the public interest law firm it purports to be. That might lead a skeptic to wonder why it spends little on litigation and why Mr. Dees pockets a lot of money sent in by panicked donors who buy into the smear campaigns against organizations or prominent individuals who question racial preference programs.
To me and to other observant conservatives, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a clever scam, relentlessly cultivating for profit the fear that this nation is filled with Klansmen and rife with people eager to perpetrate genocide.
Then Smith goes on to illustrate not only how selective the SPLC is about hate crimes, but cites official DOJ statistics to show that interracial crime is disproportionately black-on-white:
"Hate crimes," as trumpeted by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, are a questionable legal construct used almost exclusively against whites. Hateful or not, interracial violent crime is overwhelmingly Black on White or Black on Asian. The Department of Justice's figures show that between 2001 and 2003, Blacks were 39 times more likely to commit violent crimes against Whites than the reverse. Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving Blacks and Whites, Blacks commit 85 percent and Whites commit 15 percent.
It's obvious whose side the SPLC is on - and it's not on the side of traditional America. The SPLC is an opportunistic, predatory cartel which exaggerates "white racism" for the sake of its own organizational self-perpetuation and to keep the donation spigot cranked wide open. And now they've taken the side of perverts over the traditional family. It's time for Americans to quit paying heed to these extortionists.