Mat Staver, lawyer for notoriously bigoted Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, sent lawyers to all 50 states to influence legislature against the LGBT ruling.
Recently, CBS News investigated the root cause of the recent rash of laws that target members of the LGBT community, particularly the notorious “bathroom bills” in several states that dictate that people must use restrooms marked for the sex they were assigned at birth, regardless of their instinctive gender identity. It was discovered that Mathew Staver, the attorney who represents embattled Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, infamous for being jailed after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, admitted that his law firm, Liberty Counsel, had been advising Republican legislators about drafting up measures that encroach upon LGBT peoples’ rights.
According to CBS, Liberty Counsel had sent lawyers to all 50 states to influence legislators, and as a result, bills were filed in at least 20 states. In an interview with CBS, Mat Staver stated:
“Well I certainly want to push back against that ruling [declaring same-sex marriage constitutional]. It was a wrong ruling. It has no basis in the constitution. The Supreme Court in the 5-4 opinion on marriage in 2015 lit the house on fire. All we’re trying to do is control the fire at this point in time.”
Staver also asserted that the bills co-orchestrated by Liberty Counsel were intended with religious freedom in mind and that Liberty Counsel had no interest in discriminating against anybody. However, laws that dictate that transgendered people must use bathrooms, locker rooms and sleeping facilities designated for their birth sex, mandating that people filing for marriage licenses report if they have had sexual reassignment surgery and declaring documents filed with the office of vital records, such as marriage licenses that do not conform to state government definitions of “male, female, husband, and wife” to be void are by definition discriminatory, as they encroach upon the rights of LGBT people, particularly the right to religious freedom as outlined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the rights to privacy, personal autonomy, life, liberty and property as outlined in the Fourteenth.
Moreover, although the First Amendment clearly nixes laws against the free exercise of religion, it also explicitly states before that that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” and no doubt for a good reason. It also should be noted that the Treaty of Tripoli, signed into law by John Adams on June 10, 1797, declares in black and white:
“…the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
Therefore, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution holds and the laws being promoted and supported by Mat Staver and all the other hateful people who confuse freedom with hedonism and have had their religious beliefs co-opted by right-wing politicians are wrong.
Watch: Kim Davis with her anti-LGBT lawyer Mat Staver.
Featured image: Left to right: Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis and Matt Staver (via YouTube/CNN screenshot).