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Alan Keyes: Liberty Is Dead Because Gay People Can Get Married

January 17, 2014 10:05 am ET by Luke Brinker

Right-wing commentator Alan Keyes proclaimed the death of American liberty as a result of marriage equality, citing a recent court decision overturning Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban as evidence that a "powerful elitist clique" aims to "overthrow America's historically exceptional government of, by, and for the people."

In a January 16 column for WND, Keyes seemed to claim a direct line to God, who, he assured readers, is dead-set against the right of same-sex couples to marry. According to Keyes, it's impossible for a country that contravenes God's dictates to be truly free. Combined with what he depicted as an elitist assault on the beliefs of all right-thinking Americans, Keyes sees this as a toxic recipe for the American way of life (emphasis added):

Most of my thinking about the crisis of America's liberty has been predicated upon the evident fact that a substantial portion of America's elite has rejected the fundamental premise of liberty and justice in the United States. There is no mystery about that premise. It was clearly articulated in the words with which the American people, as such, stepped onto the stage of history.


The elitists' push to legalize, and forbid disapproval of, homosexual relations is the most telling evidence of their hostility toward America's way of life. It is also the key, in principle, to their thus far successful strategy to overthrow America's historically exceptional government of, by, and for the people; and to restore unchallenged rule by and for the advantage of, the most powerful elitist clique.

The latest case in point is the ruling of U.S. District Judge Terrence C. Kern regarding same-sex marriage, overturning the amendment by which Oklahomans restricted the State's recognition of marriage to heterosexual couples. Though the decision contained nothing new, both its content and the manner in which it was argued by both sides illustrate the deadly legal chicanery by which the elitist faction means to dissolve the moral, legal and institutional basis for just government, i.e., government aimed at securing the God-endowed unalienable rights of the people.


But where there is no respect for the authority of the Creator, there is no concept or claim of unalienable right. Where there is no concept or claim of unalienable right, legitimate government is not inherently required to respect it. Where government is not inherently required to respect antecedent, unalienable rights, there is no limit, in rational principle, to the use and abuse of the powers of government.

If we're to believe Keyes' portrayal of marriage equality supporters, a solid majority of Americans now belong to a "powerful elitist clique."

Of course, it's true that three in four Oklahoma voters approved the anti-marriage equality amendment struck down by Judge Kern on January 14. But as ThinkProgress' Zack Ford has aptly noted, the popularity of a marriage equality ban doesn't invalidate a ruling that it's unconstitutional; the Constitution's framers emphasized the protection of minority rights regardless of whether or not a majority supported them.

Keyes' latest homophobic diatribe is par for the course for the former Reagan administration official and perennial political candidate. In September, he compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. When running against Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2004, Keyes called homosexuality "selfish ... hedonism," and his homophobia is so rabid that he cut off ties to his own daughter after she came out as lesbian in 2005.


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