Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin said that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage last week “nationalized marriage….It took the power of determining who can be married...from local communities and the states.”
“This is a direct assault on our entire American heritage and our constitutional process,” Levin said on his June 29 broadcast.
Here is a transcript of what Levin said:
“The Attorney General of Florida: ‘The Court has spoken on gay marriage; let’s move on.’ Move on to what, ladies and gentlemen?
“This is the degradation of the constitutional system. This is bigger than even gay marriage. It’s even bigger than religion in terms of the First Amendment, not bigger than religion in terms of faith.
“This is a direct assault on our entire American heritage, and our constitutional process. Move on? Move on to what? Move on to what? Just tolerate this?
“The Supreme Court, listen here, I want to put it in the simplest, plainest terms I can so the backbenchers will pick it up. The Supreme Court just nationalized marriage. It nationalized marriage. It took the power of determining who can be married, and when, and how old…they just took it from local communities and the states.
“And I’m tired of hearing these nimrods go on and on, ‘Well, it shouldn’t even be a governmental issue.’
“Wait a minute. I understand it shouldn’t be a federal governmental issue, and I understand marriage predates the colonies. But lawful marriage had to be sanctified in the colonies as it had to be sanctified in the states. And there’s actually a reason for it.
“‘Well you know you can enter into contract.’ Really, with your sister? Can you enter into a contract with your sister to get married if you’re her brother? Can you enter into a contract if you’re the father with 12 of your siblings?
“There’s a reason these things grew out over time, gradually. It’s called experience. And you take the things that work through experience. I understand it’s a libertarian knee-jerk attitude, ‘Get out of marriage.’ No, don’t get out of marriage. The right level of government needs to be involved in it, but it’s not anymore,” Levin said.