I have to say that it comes as absolutely no surprise that the very first Religious Right activist to call for Judge Vaughan Walker’s removal from the Proposition 8 trial is the militantly anti-gay Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel:
Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel, released the following statement today on news that the San Francisco Chronicle has “outed” 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Vaughn Walker as an active practitioner of the homosexual lifestyle.
Judge Walker has presided over California’s Proposition 8 case filed by homosexual extremists who seek to manufacture a constitutional “right” to so-called “same-sex marriage:”
“The revelation that Judge Walker apparently chooses to engage in homosexual conduct, if true, would explain much of his bizarre behavior throughout this trial,” said Barber.
“Any decision favoring plaintiffs in this case will be permanently marred and universally viewed as stemming from Judge Walker’s personal biases and alleged lifestyle choices.
“For these reasons, and in the interest of justice, Judge Walker should do the honorable thing and immediately recuse himself.”
I’d actually be interested to know if this is an official Liberty Counsel position or if this is just Barber’s position, since the press release doesn’t appear anywhere on the Liberty Counsel website and instead was posted on Catholic Online.
In fact, Barber regularly issues press releases which he attributes to Liberty Counsel via Catholic Online, like this one:
“While citing the specter of ‘equal protection,’ the Iowa Supreme Court today has unanimously joined a leftist gaggle of ideologically driven judges in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut, creating, from thin air, a phantom ‘right’ to the ridiculous, oxymoronic and postmodern ‘gay’ marriage counterfeit.
“The good news is that even in one of the most liberal States in the Union, Maine, the people have once again rejected the ridiculous and oxymoronic notion of ‘same sex marriage.’ The momentum has again shifted – hopefully for good this time – in favor of protecting legitimate marriage.
“A counterfeit is a counterfeit. An orange is an orange no matter how much you want it to be a turnip. This isn’t about ‘marriage.’ It’s about hurting and broken people desperately seeking affirmation of an objectively deviant lifestyle. One that, even in their heart of hearts, they know to be a dead end. As for the militant ‘No on 1’ homosexual activists? I’m reminded of spoiled children dressing up and playing house, refusing to come in when mom calls for dinner”.
Are these Matt Barber’s personal opinions or are they official Liberty Counsel positions? If they are the former, then why are they always attributed to Liberty Counsel? And if they are the latter, why are they never posted on the Liberty Counsel website?
It’s almost as if Liberty Counsel and Barber are trying to have it both ways in allowing Barber to regularly issue offensively anti-gay statements on the organization’s behalf while allowing the organization to avoid taking any responsibility for his vehemently anti-gay bigotry.