The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in highly anticipated cases about so-called gay ‘marriage,’ Fox News reports.
Just two years ago, the high court struck down part of the federal law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The 2013 United States v. Windsor decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans. But lower courts judges across the country, with few exceptions, said the ruling compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. Now, same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
The cases before the court come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, all of which had their marriage bans upheld by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati in November. That appeals court is the only one that has ruled in favor of the states since the 2013 decision.
The issues are: do gay couples have a right to marry, or do states have the right to define marriage. Also, must states upholding traditional marriage recognize gay ‘marriages’ from other states.
(The stakes are huge. Will America completely turn its back on God or not?)
(Even if you support gay ‘marriage,’ however, consider this: the Tenth Amendment says that the federal government has only the powers granted it by the Constitution, and the rest of the powers reside with the states. Where in the Constitution does it mention the federal government having the power to define marriage? Nowhere. The Constitution does not mention marriage. That power resides with the states.)