Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey
assailed Koster's misconduct. "The Attorney General is simply hiding behind thin legal justifications as he seeks to undermine the will of Missouri voters. This ruling by one local judge stands in direct contradiction to our constitution which was approved by a statewide vote. I urge Chris Koster to do his duty as the state's lawyer and defend the law the voters enshrined in our Constitution."
"If the Attorney General wants to substitute his own opinions in place of the clear will of the people, perhaps he should make his views a plank in his campaign for Governor," Dempsey added. "However, at present he is still the Attorney General of our great state and as such he has a duty to defend the law as actually written, not as he wishes it to be."
Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard echoed Senator Dempsey's comments. "Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage. Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court's decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General."
Earlier this year, Koster made clear his support of redefining marriage to include same sex-unions. Yet he said at the time that his job was to defend the law, whether he liked it or not. Koster was quoted as saying: "Missourians may have changed their sentiments on marriage equality, but they have yet to change their Constitution."
Well, Missourians still have not changed their Constitution, and no federal court has said they have to. What has changed is the Attorney General's
resolve to stand by his oath of office and do the job he swore before the citizens of this state he would do. If Chris Koster is unwilling to keep his oath of office as the state's top lawyer, why should be be trusted to keep his oath of office in any other position of high office that calls for public integrity?
In announcing his decision to walk away from his official duties, Koster made a statement that sounds like a campaign slogan, rather than a comment of legal jurisprudence. He said: "Missouri's future will be one inclusion, not exclusion." It would seem clear that what that means for the Attorney General is inclusion of his zealous pursuit of the Governor's Mansion, and exclusion of the Constitution he is sworn to defend.
This is a shameful moment in the history of our state, and the most shameless character in this sorry episode is the man who should be personifying the rule of law. Presidents through the centuries have reaffirmed the statement made
by Founding Father John Adams that we have "a government of laws, not of men." But in the world of men like Judge J. Dale Youngs and Chris Koster, we are not a nation of laws, but a nation of men abusing power for their individual ends.
Thanks to them, the institution of marriage in Missouri has now been perverted in ways our God has called an abomination. May God have mercy on our state and nation.