We already knew that they had no regard for the natural or divine law. Now we have even more evidence that they have contempt for human law too.
New York City’s government is spending a great deal of time and energy (and taxpayer money) to hold same-sex “weddings” on Sunday, the same day that the new law takes effect. To allow “weddings” to take place that day, a number of New York State Supreme Court justices have agreed to come to work and grant waivers from the ordinary 24-hour waiting period that our state law requires between the issuance of a marriage license and the solemnization of the marriage.
On what grounds will they grant those waivers?
Therein lies the story of the utter contempt with which our public officials hold the law.
The Speaker of the New York City Council, who takes an oath of office to uphold the laws of our state, was reported to have said this about the waivers:
The only reason a judge would deny a waiver… would be if one of the grooms or brides was intoxicated.
According to Domestic Relations Law Section 13-b, the following circumstances must exist in order to grant a valid waiver of the 24-hour period (I’ve inserted numbering to make better sense of the long run-on sentence in the law):
It shall appear from an examination of the license and any other proofs submitted by the parties that one of the parties is (a) in danger of imminent death, or (b) by reason of other emergency public interest will be promoted thereby, or (c) that such delay will work irreparable injury or great hardship upon the contracting parties, or one of them.
It is absurd to suggest that any of these criteria are present in the carnival-like atmosphere surrounding the “wedding lottery” being conducted to determine who will be allowed to get “married” on Sunday. One can only wonder what “proofs” — if any — are being submitted. Remember, petitions for judicial relief are usually made under oath. Will any judge deny a petition, for an insufficient factual basis?
It would be nice if some intrepid District Attorney were to warn people not to make any false statements in these petitions, which would be a crime under state law. The perfect candidate would be the Nassau Count District Attorney, who recently threatened county clerks with criminal charges if they refused to sign same-sex marriage licenses (a threat that itself shows ignorance or contempt of a state law that requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious beliefs of their employees). It would also be nice if the board that oversees judicial conduct were to examine the orders granted by these eager weekend justices, to see if they were faithful to their own oath of office to uphold the law — especially since Domestic Relations Law Section 13-b makes it a crime to solemnize a marriage without complying with its requirements.
I’m not holding my breath for any of this to happen. I realize that the law will be ignored, that waivers will be granted on an absurdly pro-forma basis, and that nobody will ever do anything about it. I also understand that this instance of running rough-shod over the law bodes very ill for the coming persecution of religious people and organizations who dissent from the new brand of “marriage”.
Our public officials hold the law in contempt. Is it any wonder why many people feel the same way about them?