WWRD - What Would Rosa do? According to one anti-gay hate group leader, she'd hold onto her God-given right to discriminate against gays.
Mat Staver, chairman of the Southern Poverty Law Center designated anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel, is urging people who choose to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples in states where unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans have been overturned, to remain in their jobs.
"Stand your ground," Staver said. "Do not voluntarily resign your post when confronted with this intolerant agenda."
Staver made these comments after several magistrates in North Carolina resigned because they refused to preside over a same-sex marriage.
"I appreciate the conviction of these magistrates, but rather than resign they should remain at their post. Liberty Counsel will represent them, but once they resign there is not much we can do to help," said Staver.
Staver then invokes the names of two key figures in the civil rights movement in an odd attempt to illustrate his rationale for institutionalized discrimination.
"Where would the Civil Rights movement be if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., voluntarily went home when he faced opposition? Where would we be today if Rosa Parks had voluntarily moved to the back of the bus? The quest for religious freedom was the reason American was born. We cannot voluntarily give up this unalienable right," concluded Staver.
Comments like these are par for the course for Staver, who has been fuming from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in October to allow several lower-court marriage equality rulings to stand.
Right Wing Watch reports in an interview with conservative Radio America's Greg Corombos, Staver lambasted Republicans for what he sees as their inaction on the marriage issue.
"They're cowards," Staver said. "And if Republicans don't stand up for this, the party will become a non-issue and there will be a third party that will ultimately take its place. That's what happened with the issue of slavery and there's no party that's immune from this situation."
Liberty Counsel describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family."
They support barring people from the military on the basis of homosexual activity, oppose efforts to prohibit employment discrimination against gay workers, and 'the addition of "sexual orientation," "gender identity" or similar provisions' to hate crimes legislation. In 2005 the Southern Poverty Law Center listed the Liberty Counsel as one of twelve groups comprising an "anti-gay crusade" and in April of 2014 added the Liberty Counsel to its list of active anti-gay hate groups.
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