Friday, June 26, 2015

Despite the Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage Is Wrong

Since 2008, I've written against the concept of same sex marriage, mostly from the viewpoint that those who have pushed for it have always done so by destroying the foundations of the Constitution and the rule of law. That these same ideologues also represent the vanguard against religious freedom speaks volumes about the inherent immorality of same sex marriage advocacy.

Today's Supreme Court ruling will have deep and long-lasting ramifications. Yes, homosexuals and other same sex couples will now be able to get married across the nation. Bully for them.

But the ramifications that matter are insidious and dangerous. With a stroke, the Supremes have created a new "right" out of thin air. (It certainly isn't found in the 14th Amendment.) The Supremes have established gayness as a protected class, giving their advocates the unregulated power to abuse discrimination laws in order to squelch anyone who disagrees with their peculiar dogmas. The Supremes have opened the door to a slippery slope of "lifestyles" which will now have legal footing to abuse anyone who merely disagrees with them. The Supremes have thrown common sense out the window with regard to gender differences, enshrining the idea that government can somehow override the definition of marriage and the biology of the human species.

The four dissenting justices understood the dangers:
Understand well what this dissent is about: It is not about whether, in my judgment, the institution of marriage should be changed to include same-sex couples. It is instead about whether, in our democratic republic, that decision should rest with the people acting through their elected representatives, or with five lawyers who happen to hold commissions authorizing them to resolve legal disputes according to law. - Chief Justice Roberts 
Stripped of its shiny rhetorical gloss, the majority's argument is that the Due Process Clause gives same-sex couples a fundamental right to marry because it will be good for them and for society. If I were a legislator, I would certainly consider that view as a matter of social policy. But as a judge, I find the majority's position indefensible as a matter of constitutional law. - Chief Justice Roberts 
Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law. - Justice Scalia 
When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, every State limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so. They [the majority] have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a 'fundamental right' overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since. - Justice Scalia 
Along the way, it rejects the idea - captured in our Declaration of Independence - that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government. This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic. - Justice Thomas 
In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Today's decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples. - Justice Thomas 
By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas. Recalling the harsh treatment of gays and lesbians in the past, some may think that turnabout is fair play. But if that sentiment prevails, the Nation will experience bitter and lasting wounds. - Justice Alito 
Even enthusiastic supporters of same-sex marriage should worry about the scope of the power that today's majority claims. Today's decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court's abuse of its authority have failed. - Justice Alito
Over the years, I've advanced all of these arguments, seeing the erosion of basic principles of the United States embodied in its terrible and monstrous form within the dogmas of a small, rich, elite, and powerful special interest. Make no mistake about it, today's ruling has gutted the basic concepts of liberty and rights of the Bill of Rights. It has made the 14th Amendment meaningless, dependent on the whims of ideologies. It will only be a matter of time when gay proponents use their newfound power in an all out effort to squelch dissent and to enforce the tyranny of the elite.