Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Supreme Court Prepares to Catch Up with Society

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

The Supreme Court of the United States has two-and-a-half hours set aside today to hear oral arguments in the case of Obergfell v Hodges, the result of which, many believe, will be the basic legalization of same-sex marriage across the entire nation.

The actual two questions that the Court will be pondering are these:  Does the Constitution give states the power to ban same-sex marriages - or is that an infringement of civil liberties?   And, do states have the power, again according to the Constitution, to  refuse to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed legally in other states?

There appears to be a strong sense, at least in the mainstream media, that five or six of the nine justices will find the strength and wisdom to tune out the religious claptrap and boldly take the rest of America where thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have already gone.  A decision on the matter is expected in June, just in time for the wedding season.

Currently Nebraska bans gay marriage by constitutional amendment, and the following twelve states ban it by constitutional amendment and state law:  Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

(Eight of those states have had their bans overturned by court action, but those decisions are currently under appeal.  Appeals are pending regarding Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas.)

In related news, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann knows a sign of the apocalypse when she sees one - and is home packing for the Rapture!

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

Oops, Kansas also prohibits same sex marriage. The statute is K.S.A.§23-2501:

"Nature of marriage relation. The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a civil contract between two parties who are of opposite sex. All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void. The consent of the parties is essential. The marriage ceremony may be regarded either as a civil ceremony or as a religious sacrament, but the marriage relation shall only be entered into, maintained or abrogated as provided by law."