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Monday, June 08, 2015

Supreme Court Rules on Marriage

Will the U.S. Supreme Court uphold state marriage laws, or will it invent a new constitutional right to same-sex marriage? By the end of the month, we should know how the nine justices have ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that has drawn tremendous interest. Amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs were filed by 147 outside parties, including Eagle Forum. On April 28th, the justices heard two and a half hours of oral argument, which is unusually long for a case. Several of the justices seemed to recognize the gravity of a decision that would redefine marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely swing vote, said, "The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia. … This definition has been with us for millennia. And it's very difficult for the court to say 'Oh well, we know better.'" The Justice is right to hesitate. How can same-sex marriage be a constitutional right when marriage was defined as a union between a man and a woman long before the Constitution was even written?

Comments by Chief Justice John Roberts also expressed caution. He said to the lawyer for same-sex marriage, "If you prevail here, there will be no more debate. … People feel very differently about something if they have a chance to vote on it than if it's imposed on them by the courts." He probably had Roe v. Wade in mind. Over forty years after the Supreme Court supposedly settled the abortion issue, it remains a hot topic in politics, and more and more Americans today reject the Roe decision.

Throughout the month of June, I’ll be talking about the importance of this marriage case called Obergefell v. Hodges. We’ll look at the value of traditional marriage in raising children, how religious liberty and traditional marriage are linked, and why the Supreme Court shouldn’t dictate to states and change the definition of traditional marriage.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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