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Liberty Counsel touts Croatia for marriage stance

Conservative law center Liberty Counsel issued a news release Monday noting citizens of Croatia overwhelmingly – 66 percent to 34 percent – passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Support for the amendment was organized by the Catholic church in response to a bill “that would create homosexual ‘life partners,’” the group reports.

Mat Staver“The memories of so-called ‘progressive’ regimes controlling society are fresh in the minds of Eastern Europeans. They know if the people stand united, they can overcome these ‘progressive’ ideals that wreak havoc on families and communities,” Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said in the release, blasting the Obama administration for “working to undermine marriage and family around the world” with an ideology that “is morally bankrupt and anti-American.”

Wait. A. Minute.

Are we looking to Croatia as a model for human rights and values? The nation that saw some of the most savage and deadly ethnic cleaning of the past two decades, and that still celebrates that effort with a national holiday? Because that would be pretty remarkable, wouldn’t you say?

I’m not gonna go all Bob Dylan on y’all, but maybe we shouldn’t be taking a page from the Croats on how we do unto others.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Oh, thank God! I’ve been looking for an enlightened country to move to.

  • JohnW

    Perhaps memory fails me, but I don’t recall that anybody ever used the label “progressive” to describe the Soviet Communist regimes of yore.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Comrade John, you fail to recognize Tito-style socialism as progressive. You are in dire need of re-education.

  • JohnW

    Ah yes, Tito, “The Compassionate Communist!”

  • Josip Keljic

    Who wiped 220,000 Croatians and no Serbs 1991 from the so-called Republic of Serbian Kraina in Croatia ….. this is the most savage and deadley ethnic cleaning….when you talking about Croatians you probably think of the Serbs….and those same Serbs who you love on YouTube celebrateng slaughter on 11 September…shame on you…………Greetings to all Americans from Croatia…..Census (1991)SerbsCroatsOthersTotalLater RSK total245,800 (52.3%)168,000 (35.8%)55,900 (11.9%)469,700

  • Green Tea

    The U.S. has more prisons and prisoners than any country in the world. More than Russia and China. You want to take a page from the U.S.A. book??