Supreme Court to Decide on Homosexual ‘Marriage’
January 16 marked yet another momentous day for the ever-growing movement to legalize homosexual “marriage” in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the Constitution requires states to license same-sex “marriages.” Its decision could lead to a complete legalization of same-sex “marriage” in the United States.
The announcement comes after a lot of confusion has built up in the lower courts as to whether the Constitution grants same-sex couples the right to marry. Last year, lower courts in Chicago, Denver and Richmond decided that the Constitution does allow same-sex couples to marry. But in November, a court in Cincinnati decided the Constitution grants no such rights. The Supreme Court is expected to make a final decision by reviewing challenges against Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky law which prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. The hearings are scheduled to take place in April, with a decision expected to be announced by late June.
To date, 36 states have legalized such “marriages,” while another four states have had their bans struck down by a federal judge though they are still in effect pending an appeal. In the past three months, the number of states that have legalized homosexual “marriages” has nearly doubled. On Oct. 6, 2014, the Supreme Court decided not to hear petitions to reinstate bans that had been overturned in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. This denial opened the floodgates, legalizing same-sex “marriage” in those states, along with Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. The next day, a decision by the Ninth Circuit overturned bans on same-sex “marriage” in Idaho and Nevada, leading to the overturn of such bans in Alaska, Arizona and Montana shortly thereafter. Only 10 states still uphold their laws banning same-sex “marriage.”
By framing the issue to be one of state powers and obligations, rather than one of individual rights, the case boils down to one of constitutional legality. This is how many pro-homosexual “marriage” advocates see the issue. Since each state issues marriage licenses, they are violating the principle of “equity under the law” by denying licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court also told the parties involved to keep their arguments to those points, indicating it did not want to argue the issue based on individual rights.
As the Supreme Court prepares to debate the issue, more and more people feel that the fight for complete legalization is nearly finished. Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, predicts that “this Fourth of July, everyone throughout the land will be able to marry without regard to sexual orientation.”
While judges and lawyers argue what the Constitution does and does not guarantee, they fail to recognize the underlying foundation of the Constitution: the Bible. It is a plain fact of history that those who wrote the Constitution believed upholding biblical principles was required to make America thrive as a nation.
America’s moral fabric has changed radically over the past 20 years—and very rapidly. It has only been a year and a half since the Defense of Marriage Act (doma) was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional (doma defined marriage as being between a man and a woman and denied federal benefits to same-sex couples “married” in states where it was legalized). The national fight to legalize homosexual “marriage” appears to be nearing a conclusion. Will America be a stronger nation because of it? Read our booklet Redefining Family to find out.