Does the U.S. Supreme Court want to stay out of the battle to redefine marriage to include two people of the same sex?
Last September, a federal judge upheld Louisiana’s law affirming marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The judge also upheld the state’s decision not to recognize “marriages” performed in other states.
The judge cited the Defense of Marriage Act in support of his ruling. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton, it allows states to refuse to recognize legal unions other than one man and one woman performed in other states.
WORLD reports that the court declined to hear the Louisiana case. An excerpt:
The [Supreme Court] has made a habit of refusing emergency appeals of cases addressing the marriage issue; last month it declined a similar request from marriage proponents in Florida to stay a judge’s decision that allowed same-sex marriage there. The 5th Circuit includes Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Judges in Texas and Mississippi have ruled voter-approved marriage amendments in those states were unconstitutional.
So far, the Sixth Circuit has upheld marriage-protection laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as the article states. But the article also states the high court is expected to hear arguments in those cases, “since that circuit’s ruling contradicted those in other circuits.”
Some of WORLD‘s commenters make a good point. Laws that affirm marriage don’t ban homosexual “marriage,” as there’s no such thing. The laws affirm what societies and civilizations have recognized as marriage for millenia — a union defined by biology and culture. On a spiritual level, it’s a God-ordained union that is a shadow of the relationship between Christ and His church.
You might be a Christian who doesn’t care enough about this issue to bother. After all, people can and will do whatever they want in the privacy of their own homes. That’s not the issue. What’s at stake is religious freedom. Pastors and religious institutions and businesses must not be forced to accept and celebrate what God calls an abomination.
Sexual behavior is different from race. One can easily see the unfairness of holding someone’s skin color against them. He/she can’t change it, it’s not a sin, and serving people of different races doesn’t violate anyone’s religious beliefs. But being forced to bake a cake to celebrate sexual perversion or photograph the celebrations? Totally different story.