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NRO's Prager: Marriage Equality Ruling Is Just Like Egyptian Military Coup

July 09, 2013 11:53 am ET - by Luke Brinker

It's not likely that many observers would compare the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling on Proposition 8 with the military coup that toppled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi last week, but National Review Online's Dennis Prager insists they're basically the same.

In a July 9 NRO column, Prager likened the overthrow of Egypt's elected government to the Supreme Court's refusal to affirm popularly ratified anti-gay discrimination:

As much as I loathe the Muslim Brotherhood and the whole Islamist enterprise, it is difficult to imagine any other response among Islamists than this: Our votes don't count.

They were voted into office; many Egyptians and the army didn't like the results, so the vote was overthrown.

With some important differences — and not all of them to the credit of the United States — the Supreme Court of the United States, colluding judges, and the Democratic party of California did the same thing to the voters of California.

To hear Prager tell it, a vast left-wing conspiracy launched a coup against American democracy after the passage of California's Proposition 8:

[T]he Left in America knows that all it needs to do to overturn a vote it opposes is find a left-wing judge or court.

So the Left went to a federal court and found the perfect judge, a gay leftist, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker. On August 4, 2010, Walker overturned Proposition 8, asserting, among other personal opinions, that the amendment to the California constitution "violated the Equal Protection Clause [of the U.S. Constitution] because there is no rational basis for limiting the designation of 'marriage' to opposite-sex couples." (Italics added.)

Worth noting: Walker - the "gay leftist" Prager blasted - was appointed to his judgeship by President Ronald Reagan, and developed a reputation as a libertarian-leaning conservative jurist. Nevertheless, Prager is determined to frame marriage equality as a leftist coup akin to Egypt's:

The Left uses left-wing judges and courts to achieve its ends. They uphold votes that support the Left, and overturn those that don't. 

But it gets worse.


[A]nother vote was overturned and the most important social institution was radically redefined. It was all done by a left-wing judge, a left-wing governor of California, and four left-wing justices plus one swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In America, we don't need the army to overthrow elections. We have left-wing judges to do that.


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