SCOTUS: Supreme Inconsistency

Before today the Supreme Court of the United States had issued no rulings regarding homosexual marriage.  Today it issued two.

As I kept my eye on internet news sources and watched for tweets that would indicate the outcomes, I first saw the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While I was disappointed in the ruling that was handed down, I was momentarily encouraged by the reasoning behind the majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy.

Kennedy contended that States have “unquestioned authority” to define marriage. Logic led me to believe that if sovereign states have “unquestioned authority” to define marriage as a union between a man and man or woman and woman, then California has the “unquestioned authority” to enact a law that simply reads: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Unfortunately, a few moments later I found out I was wrong. The very same court that misappropriated a States’ Rights argument to declare the DOMA unconstitutional trampled on the rights of California’s voters, who went to the polls to enact Proposition 8 in 2008. Californians who gathered signatures, passed out literature, persuaded friends and family, and cast a ballot in favor of traditional marriage did so according to California law. Proposition 8 received more votes than against, became law, and should have been honored.

Those sitting on the SCOTUS, however, question–and undermine–the authority of California’s voters.

Although the SCOTUS may be inconsistent, we must determine to remain true to our guiding principles. Marriage is defined by God, not by government. Regardless of changes in society, the only marriage recognized by God is between a man and a woman.

Featured-Columnist---DoneTim O’Bryant is the assistant pastor at Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Kettering, Ohio.  He is also a Realtor, small business owner and firearms instructor.

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