SECOND BEST: Roberts family members: Jane Marie Sullivan Roberts; son, Jack, 4, and daughter, Josephine (Josie), 5, July 19, 2005.

I predicted this, but I really thought now that we were within two weeks of oral arguments, the Talibangelical bigots would hold off criticizing the very foundation of the family of the Chief Justice of the United States of America.

But no:

John Eastman, the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the lead religious right organization fighting against marriage equality for gay couples, called Supreme Court Justice John Roberts’ decision to adopt two children “second best,” less than two weeks before the Supreme Court considers two high-profile gay marriage cases.

The Chief Justice and his wife, Jane, have two adopted children, John and Josephine. They charmed America on the day President Bush announced the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

Eastman told AP (via Towleroad):

“You’re looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts’ family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option,” said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif. [emphasis added]

Regardless of the radical right’s views on adoption (who knew?) it flies in the face of sanity for their leadership to criticize the foundation of the Chief Justice’s family life. But, most likely, their last stand on opposite-sex marriage (that its purpose is to enshrine accidental pregnancies into a matrimonial two-gendered unit) leads them to this conclusion.

And, as we’ve learned from NOM before, they just can’t help shooting themselves in the foot. I really did believe, though, that they had their worst instincts under control as their critical high-court date nears. Now, we get to watch them wiggle and squirm out of this: every supporter of their views must be asked if, in fact, they support this view. Speaker Boehner? Governor Christie? CPAC attendees?

Does adoption really create a second-best family unit, even for heterosexual married couples?

White House Photo by Eric Draper