A New York appeals court ruled last week that legislators must allow same-sex couples residing in New York, that have been married in other states, to receive equitable government benefits.

Focus on the Family objected.

Bruce Hausknecht, a judicial analyst with Focus on the Family Action, said that civil marriage should be defined by voters, not by legislators or a constitution.

Voters, of course, do not generally act according to the will of any particular god — or, necessarily, any constitution. According to what once was conservative Christian and representative-republican dogma, voters acting as a group often act according to short-lived, poorly educated, or worldly passions — not high ethical or legal principles.

Focus on the Family wishes for voters to elect the nation’s married couples — not the couples themselves, nor the couples’ chosen places of worship, nor any constitutional principles of personal or religious freedom.