Hurst: Hood Bungled Marriage Issues
Hood’s lack of leadership in defending Mississippi’s Constitution to responding to SCOTUS ruling is astounding
Today, Republican nominee for Attorney General Mike Hurst criticized Jim Hood’s bungling of the marriage issue from defending Mississippi’s Constitution in Court to his response to circuit clerks following the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Hurst said in a released statement:
“I strongly disagree with the United States Supreme Court creating a constitutional right to gay marriage. This is blatant judicial activism usurping the rule of the people. As Justice Roberts stated in his dissent, ‘[u]nder the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.’ This is an issue that various states, through our democratic process, were working through with their own citizens, representing their own values and beliefs. However, as Justice Scalia noted, the Court's decision is a ‘threat to American democracy,’ replacing the will of the people with the ‘reasoned judgment’ of nine unelected judges. “
“That being the case, I agree with one commentator who stated, ‘We [as Christians] must stand with conviction and kindness, with truth and with grace. We must hold to our views and love those who hate us for them.’”
“Our Democrat Attorney General, Jim Hood, has totally bungled Mississippi’s position in this case. Hood was and is for gay marriage. However, he was also charged as Attorney General with defending Mississippi’s traditional marriage in court. So he appointed an attorney, reportedly unfamiliar and uncomfortable with arguing the issue. And the lawyer for the gay marriage advocates even said Hood’s legal team told them they 'personally wouldn’t mind too much' if the Court ruled against them and for gay marriage.”
“Then on Friday, after the Supreme Court handed down its decision, Hood told circuit clerks not to issue marriage licenses because a lower court had put on hold its previous ruling overturning Mississippi's law. Then yesterday, Hood told circuit clerks that even though the lower court's order was still in place, they could nonetheless violate that order, but Hood would not prosecute them. Or, as Hood stated, circuit clerks could honor that court's stay and deny marriage licenses to gay couples but face lawsuits from gay couples as a result.”
“Hood’s total lack of leadership on this issue should be astounding to all Mississippians - both opponents and advocates of gay marriage. Does anyone think Jim Hood is the lawyer most qualified to fight for Mississippi on these issues? We can do better. Mississippi deserves better."
Hurst also pointed out that as Mississippi’s chief legal counsel, Hood’s official guidance to Mississippi’s 82 different circuit clerks suggested they should consult with their local county board attorney in making their decisions over marriage licenses.
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