In a recently unearthed video (below) from April, Christian lawyer Mat Staver said that only "brainwashed" people believe that the U.S. Supreme Court is the law of the land.
Staver, who represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her failed attempts to deny same-sex marriage licenses, was speaking to an anti-abortion audience in New Castle, Pennsylvania, when he made his comments, notes Right Wing Watch.
During his speech, Staver stated his concerns over the current state of the country:
We are coming to a place, ladies and gentlemen, where we have to make a decision. Where we have to make a decision like Dietrich Bonhoeffer made a decision, like Martin Niemoller made a decision.
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We are coming to the position where we are in the same place that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had to make a decision, where the founders of this country had to make a decision that we will either obey God or we will obey man.
And when those two directly, inherently, irrevocably collide with one another. We are in a position like Daniel in the lions’ den, like the three Hebrews that would not bow down, like Esther, who put her life on the line and engaged in civil resistance against the most powerful king on the planet. We are coming to that moment in time.
Staver went on to say that the U.S. Supreme Court contradicted itself by ruling in June 2013 that states had the right to define marriage, but then ruled in June 2015 that states do not have that right.
CNN reported in 2013 that the high court ruled 5-4 in two decisions. One ruling dismissed a part of the Defense of Marriage Act that had barred federal benefits to same-sex couples, while the second ruling rejected a ban on gay marriage in California, but left laws that banned same-sex marriage in 35 other states. The high court never addressed the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in either case.
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In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban same-sex marriage, which made existing state laws against gay marriage illegal. The high court's rulings trump state laws because of the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution.
Staver denied that states have any right to define marriage, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court had issued a "lawless opinion" in the gay marriage case:
When are we going to stop playing charades and pretend that whatever those five people say, whoever they might be, whatever they say, no matter how devoid of the Constitution it may be, that it becomes the law of the land? It doesn’t.
If that’s your belief system, if you have gotten so brainwashed to think that whatever those five people in Washington, D.C., say, we now have to march to it like toy soldiers because if they say so, irrespective of the fact that they have no authority under the Constitution to do it, then you would support Dred Scott, you would support Buck v. Bell, because those decisions came down from the United States Supreme Court as well.