A coalition of African-American civil rights leaders and pastors stunned Washington on Tuesday by launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment and removal ofAttorney General Eric Holder for attempting to undermine states’ authority to “coerce states to fall in line with same-sex marriage.”
“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is calling for Holder’s impeachment for “attempting to impose ‘same-sex marriage’ throughout the nation despite federal law, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, and state constitutional amendments to the contrary,” reads the online petition.
“What we have in Attorney General Holder is a man so political in his zeal to redefine marriage that he is willing to run roughshod over the rulings of the Supreme Court, binging federal law, and the United States Constitution along with the constitutions of a majority of states,” the Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of CAAP, said in a statement.
This comes as Holder announced on Tuesday that state attorney generals are not obligated to defend laws in their states that prohibit same-sex marriage if they do not believe in such legislation.
The Attorney General told the New York Times that if a state has a gay marriage ban in place and that state’s Attorney General doesn’t agree with it, he or she does not have to defend it.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner is stunned by Holder encouraging AGs to ignore their oaths of office if they have a personal problem with a particular law.
The Times article, always beholden to the Obama administration, spun the lawless nature of Holder’s comments with this:
“Mr. Holder was careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage could refuse to defend them.”
Attorney General Holder, a longtime friend and ally of President Barack Obama, spoke Tuesday at the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, telling top law enforcers at the state level that laws banning gay marriage can be cast aside if they believe they encourage illegal discrimination.
Holder told them,
‘In general, I believe that we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation.’
‘And we must endeavor in all of our efforts to uphold and advance the values that once led our forebears to declare unequivocally that all are created equal and entitled to equal opportunity.’
Holder’s speech came just weeks after Holder ordered Justice Department employees to give legal same-sex marriages equal consideration, even in states where such unions are not recognized.
The result of his latest remarks is a new federal government-sanctioned license, covering attorneys general who refuse to defend ‘traditional marriage’ laws when they are challenged in court.
That has angered the Coalition of African American Pastors, which said it aims to collect 1 million signatures on an impeachment petition that blames Holder for violating his oath of office by picking and choosing which laws to enforce on the basis of his personal beliefs.
‘President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear,’ the group said, ‘values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined.
Addressing Holder’s move to bring state attorneys general along, the group accused him in a statement of trying to ‘coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex “marriage” agenda.’
Six hours after the coalition’s pres conference, its online petition to Congress had collected fewer than 4,000 signatures.
The CAAP’s petition calling for Holder’s impeachment says that Holder’s position on the matter is in opposition to the values of the black community, and similarly faults President Barack Obama for his support of same-sex marriage.
The petition reads:
“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined. Our nation calls for the building up of a healthier marriage culture; instead, our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children.”
The CAAP is supporting a “March For Marriage” on June 19 of this year in Washington D.C. “in support of the bedrock of society and our culture’s most pro-life and pro-child institution.”
CAAP describes itself as a grass-roots movement of Christians who believe in traditional family values such as “supporting the role of religion in American public life, protecting the lives of the unborn, and defending the sacred institution of marriage.”
CAAP says it is not affiliated with any political party or religion denomination, and says it welcomes believers of all races and backgrounds to work with them in spreading Christian values and convictions.
Owens reiterated that Holder’s stance on marriage is an attack that should be defended by people among all racial and religious groups.
“Marriage is an institution that benefits all of society; therefore every citizen has an interest in protecting marriage from these brazen attacks,” Owens said at the National Press Club.
Democratic attorneys general in five states — Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and Nevada — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans against lawsuits filed by gay couples.
Are we to assume that this new way at looking at state laws applies to all laws? If an attorney general of a state carefully studied laws allowing abortions and found them morally and legally abhorrent, are we to assume that the AG could then refuse to defend them?
This is not the first time there has been a push for Holder’s impeachment. A group of congressional Republicans introduced a resolution in November alleging the attorney general had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” during his time at the top of the Justice Department.