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-SCOTUS to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

by Dr. D ~ January 20th, 2015

The Supreme Court has finally agreed to rule on same-sex marriage and resolve the mixed rulings on it in the lower courts.

For a long time the current justices were in favor of the issue being resolved in the individual states but since Circuit Courts have substantially taken over the issue and have ruled on it in different ways, the Supreme Court must now consider it in order to resolve the lower court rulings. From Religion News:

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday (Jan. 16) to resolve the national debate over same-sex marriage once and for all.

The justices agreed to consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. They will be consolidated and heard together.

That sets up a schedule under which the court likely will hear oral arguments in April and issue a ruling before its current term ends in late June.

The justices’ hands were forced by a split among federal appellate courts after the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld marriage bans in those four states last November. While gays and lesbians can marry in 36 states, most recently including Florida, the practice is banned in those four states, along with 10 others.

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Also see the video above from CitizenLink and read their short article and another here.

Response: The whole redefinition of marriage started with a judicial activist ruling in Massachusetts and has substantially been spread by the decisions of  liberal judges rather than by the voice and vote of the people. In a few states the legislatures voted it in but in most cases the courts ruled against state decisions and the votes of the citizens.

The Supreme Court has substantially stayed out of the battle up to now. SCOTUS did rule against DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) but otherwise has refused to resolve the issue once and for all preferring it to be decided on the state level. Now they must act to resolve the mess made by mixed Circuit Court rulings over different state decisions.

How will it be resolved? It is anyone’s guess but Justice Kennedy is usually the swing vote in this court. Unfortunately he seriously considers European law and international precedence in his decision making. Eleven Western European countries have already allowed Same-Sex marriage so the current European trend to accept it might play into the ultimate decision made by SCOTUS later this year.              *Top

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