Moon: Gov't shouldn't be in marriage business
Moon's previous bill would prevent recorders from issuing licenses
State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, filed a bill in March that, had it passed, would have prevented county recorders from issuing same-sex marriage licenses following Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court.
Moon said the Missouri state constitution defines marriage as one man and one woman, and he believes everyone in the state should follow the constitution, regardless of the federal government.
"In August of 2004, 70.61 percent of voters in Missouri wished to add that to the state constitution, that marriage is between one man and one woman," he said. "When you have a majority saying that, I don't believe recorders should be able to issue same-sex marriage licenses, especially because our state constitution does not recognize them."
Moon said he believes the government should get out of the marriage business all together, saying the institution should be handled solely by the church.
"I think marriage should be the responsibility of the church, and I don't think the state needs to be in the business of issuing licenses," he said. "Even for atheists, not believing in a God is a faith in itself, so they could get together and have their own licenses as well."
According to Public Policy Polling in September 2011, 32 percent of Missouri voters were in favor of same-sex marriage, with 59 percent against and 9 percent not sure. In May 2012, another survey found 36 percent of Missouri voters supported same-sex marriage, with 52 percent opposed and 12 percent unsure. A separate question on that same survey saw 64 percent of respondents supporting the legal recognition of same-sex marriages, with 33 percent supporting full marriage, 31 percent supporting civil unions, 32 percent opposing all recognition and 4 percent not sure.
"I don't know if I'd say there has been a vast change in public opinion, but if there has, why not go back and attempt to amend the constitution again?" Moon said. "The Supreme Court has now changed a law without the consent of the governed, and that's no different than when King George was ruling from the throne.
"Congress making law is a different story, but I think 31 states recognized marriage only as one man and one woman, so what happens when some of those states, like Texas and Alabama governors have done, say they won't recognize them.
"I don't know what will occur, but it would be an interesting scenario to watch play out," he said.
Moon also said he believes the justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriages could be subject to impeachment.
"In Justice [John] Roberts' dissent, he mentioned something to the effect of the court not having ability to make law," Moon said. "It sounded funny because it seems like that's what they did with the opinion on Obamacare. But, the constitution says laws are made by Congress, so when we have the courts or the president making laws, that's a violation of the constitution and an impeachable offense. I urge all our representatives and delegations to consider those impeachment charges and take appropriate action."
Moon said though it can be a stretch, he has fears of where things will go now, citing groups like NAMBLA that wish for sex with children to be legal.
"Their motto is, 'Sex before eight or it's too late,' and if we allow a mindset like that, what can that do to our children?" Moon said. "There are also some humans that want to marry animals, so where does it end?"
The bill Moon filed in March to prevent recorders from issuing same-sex licenses was put into committee but was not brought up for a vote. Part of the bill includes language that says no resources of the state could be used to promote same-sex marriage, and if the same bill were to be passed later, recorders who do issues same-sex licenses could be subject to losing their salaries as a penalty.
That portion of the bill would not be retroactive, and if it were to be brought up again and passed, Moon said Aug. 28 of any given year is when such bills usually go into effect.
"It did get a hearing this year, and I don't know if I'm going to file it again, or if it would get any traction," he said.