Vermont's legislature–a kind of democratic body–has passed a law legalizing gay marriage. Good for them I say. Here is the puzzling reaction of Mathew D. Staver, the Dean of the Liberty University School of Law:
“It is a sad day in America when elected officials are clueless about the definition of marriage. If they cannot understand this basic human relationship between a man and a woman, then they are not competent for public office. Marriage laws regulate a social institution upon which society has been built and the future of society rests. By redefining marriage, the Vermont legislature removed the cornerstone of society and the foundation of government. “The consequences will rest on their shoulders and upon those passive objectors who know what to do but who lack the political courage to do what is right for the common good of the people.”
I thought the foundation of government was the consent of the people, but I've been wrong before. I wonder then if Staver means to suggest that Vermont no longer has a legitimate government.