Homosexual Marriage on Path to Become Law In 35 U. S. States

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Legalized same-sex marriage is on a trajectory to become law in 35 states.

With the latest judicial action, a ruling by a federal appeals court, marriage between people of the same sex will be nearly double the number of states prior to the Supreme Court’s assent to appeals court rulings Oct. 6 that struck down state laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

Leaders in the effort to protect the biblical, traditional definition of marriage, meanwhile, continued their lament of Americans’ loss of power to an activist judiciary but urged allies not to give up.

The most recent blow to marriage’s meaning throughout history came Oct. 7, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down laws limiting marriage to a man and a woman in two states. The appeals court’s ruling is expected to take effect in three other states in its circuit with similar laws.

The Ninth Circuit’s ruling followed by a day an announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage in five states and moved another six states in the same circuits toward gay marriage. In their Oct. 6 orders, the justices denied review of decisions by three federal appeals courts overturning state laws that prohibited same-sex marriage. The high court’s refusal to accept the cases means the lower-court rulings are controlling.

Prior to the actions by the Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court, same-sex marriage was legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Andrew Walker, a Southern Baptist public policy specialist, said with sadness the effort to “redefine marriage is perhaps the fastest, most effective social change in our nation’s history. … The furthered erosion or deinstitutionalization of marriage that comes by redefining it will re-wire or re-circuit how we understand family arrangements.”

The Supreme Court’s decision not to review the lower-court opinions means citizens “now have a more diminished role in making important decisions about the meaning of marriage and family,” said Walker, director of policy studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

While the high court’s orders leave same-sex marriage “a matter within the states,” Walker wrote in an Oct. 6 blog post, “Even within the states, the signs are discouraging. Increasingly, marriage’s definition is coming from the courts within these states and circuits, rather than through citizens. [The Supreme Court’s action] reinforces the troubling trend that individual states and [their] citizens are left unprotected from the actions of judges that view themselves as Philosopher-Kings.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Tom Strode

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