Tuesday, April 1, 2014

With Friends Like These . . .

Bill Schuette, Michigan's attorney general, is defending in court the state's ban on same-sex marriage.  A group called the Traditionalist Youth Network wants to help him.  Last week it filed a friend of the court brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

But Schuette doesn't want the group's support, responding, "The Sixth Circuit should use this brief to line a birdcage, because that's all it's good for."

Such strong language despite the fact that he and the Traditionalist Youth Network are on the same side on this issue.  Was the brief poorly reasoned?  Were there spelling mistakes?  Was it submitted on the back of a cocktail napkin?

No, the reason Schuette doesn't want help from the Traditionalist Youth Network is that it's a white supremacist organization.

The fight against gay marriage makes for interesting bedfellows, but the attorney general doesn't want to be in bed with this group.  Moderate bigotry--like the ban on gay marriage--he can go to bat for, but radical bigotry, that's just unseemly.