Judge Overturns Will of the People's South Dakota Marriage Amendment

starparkermarriage_postWhen a Sixth Circuit judge upheld Louisiana’s marriage-protection law, it was indeed a rare thing.

Judges tend to strike down voter-approved laws that affirm marriage as humans have known it for millenia: the union between one man and one woman.

A judge recently nullified the will of the people of South Dakota. An excerpt from Christian News:

“Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota, the amendment, then known as “Amendment C,” reads. “The uniting of two or more persons in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota.”

But Schreier ruled that the amendment does not serve a “compelling” government interest and violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlines that states may not “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” She stayed her ruling pending appeal.

With this sort of reasoning, we’re just a few short steps away from the government legalizing polygamy and other deviant unions. What sort of recourse do the people have when a court overturns their valid votes and clear will?

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