Nativism Watch

House Representatives Reveal Bigotry & Hypocrisy in Outrage Over DOMA

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jul 01, 2013

In the wake of last week’s historic Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many members of the far-right have come forth with statements condemning the Court’s decision.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) claimed the ruling “attacked our Constitution.” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took to Twitter to say, “Today the #SCOTUS Holy Quintet rewrote the laws of nature & nature’s God.” Pennsylvania state legislators led by Rep. Darryl Metcalfe silenced an openly gay colleague on the Pennsylvania House floor, stating:

“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said […] and just open rebellion against God’s law.” 

Opposition from these officials should not be surprising given their propensity to espouse bigotry and demagogue others including immigrants and Muslims. Bachmann and Gohmert are stalwart members of the Immigration Reform Caucus and Metcalfe is the founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration – the two most prominent coalitions of anti-immigrant lawmakers in the country. These legislators and their colleagues also regularly sound the alarm on Islamic Sharia law hurting America in order to demonize American Muslims. Yet, when the country’s highest court rules against their ostensibly Judeo-Christian “God’s Law” they are outraged.

The Supreme Court ‘s decision reiterated that all Americans are entitled to equal rights under the Constitution.  Nativists should not be allowed to decide that the Constitution is only applicable when it furthers their bigoted agenda.

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