Tony Perkins joins Alabama’s Gov. Robert Bentley, AG Luther Strange & House Speaker Mike Hubbard (who was indicted on 23 felony corruption charges in October 2014 & faces 20 years in prison) with variations on the rallying cry of an ‘activist judge’ running roughshod over 80% or the far reaching majority when the Alabama ban on same-sex marriage was found in violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and overturned. The problem is, they are cherry picking the statistics to fool themselves and some of their followers and constituents.
The low hanging fruit is that this “activist judge,” Callie V. Granade, was appointed by the very Anti-Gay Marriage President George W. Bush in 2002 and as reported in Joe.My.G-d, gushed over by Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III himself during her confirmation hearing. But let’s set our sights a little higher than that.
In 2006, the population of Alabama was 4.629 million. The Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment (Constitutional Amendment 774) was voted on the 6//6/06 (note the date is 666) primary ballot. The results: Yes 697,591 (81.2%) No 161,694 (18.8%). So while the claim is true that over 80% of those who voted ON the issue voted against Same-Sex Marriage, it is also true this “overwhelming” majority represented under 16% of the state’s total population. Not to cherry pick the facts that only support the marriage equality argument either, let’s plug both into statistical reality.
Supplied by the Alabama Secretary of State, in 2006, of the total state population, slightly more than 74%, or 3,435,649 was of voting age. Of them, 2,718,012 or 79% are registered to vote. So this “crushingly clear vote of the people” that represents less than 16% of the states citizens also represents only 26% of those registered to vote or at most, 28% when the 239.551 inactive voters are removed.
The fervent belief and conviction behind the 697,591 votes against the amendment also prevent them from hearing anything beyond their own echo chamber. For the other 72% of all active registered voters that day, neither the issue in particular, nor even the primary election, even drew them to the polls.
The loudest voice of the people, as in the midterms, was heard in the overwhelming majority who stayed home.