It didn't take long for the anti-gays to surface after seven gay Georgians filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to overturn the state's marriage ban. The takeaway? Repent you sinners and pray for the guy who will stand up and fight you in court.
Plaintiffs Rayshawn and Avery Chandler joked during Tuesday's press conference announcing the lawsuit that they would soon know how their Atlanta police colleagues would react to it. (video) But they probably weren't expecting some of this from conservatives around the state:
Jerry Luquire, president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, told WSB that gay marriage proponents are just liars. And wrong.
“There is no right way to do a wrong thing and marriage outside the Original definition is simply wrong. An increasing number of Georgia Christian Coalition Members are opposing us because what the opposition does sounds more Level playing field than the truth.”
Gerald Harris, editor of the Georgia Baptist Convention's Christian Index, explained to Fox 5 that the legal arguments should boil down to something more Biblical: repent.
“I believe the Baptist churches of Georgia have a responsibility of loving these people enough to tell them the truth and encourage them to repent. I believe that is possible in the power of God.”
Political strategist Ralph Reed, who now runs the Duluth-based Faith & Freedom Coalition, lamented to the AJC that the lawsuit is an attempt to usurp voters, who put the ban in place in 2004.
Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition and who now chairs the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said Georgia voters have said they believe marriage is between a man and a woman.
“It is demeaning to argue that the voters do not have the right to express their will, and this latest attempt to bypass the legislative and referendum process for amending Georgia’s Constitution and accomplish by judicial fiat what could not be won at the ballot box is a threat not only to marriage but to respect for the rule of law,” he said.
Reed continued on Twitter.
Then he accused Lambda Legal, which filed the Georgia lawsuit, of forum-shopping. Which is ridiculous, since the lawsuit is the 65th one filed in states across the county. Until Tuesday, Georgia was one of just five states that banned gay marriage that didn't yet face a lawsuit over it. But still.
Then there's Rev. Earnest Easley, who took a breather from his creepy fixation with gay Boy Scouts to rally support for the man most likely to defend Georgia's gay marriage ban in court, Attorney General Sam Olens.
Lauren Kane, communications director for Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, says, “The Attorney General will fulfill his constitutional obligation to defend Georgia law.”