The U.S. Supreme Court's acceptance of appeals of 4 SSM cases:
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee.
Part 4: 2015-JAN-16:
Still more reactions to the Supreme Court's
to accept the appeals.
We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage."
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
More reactions by various individuals and groups concerning the decision by the high court on 2015-JAN-16 to hear appeals:
- John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, a conservative anti marriage equality group. He said:
"It is very possible a five-vote-majority exists in favor of states’ rights, and a decision of this nature would immediately reinvigorate the authority and enforceability of the Florida marriage amendment passed by just under five million voters. People should have the right to vote on defining marriage, and we are very hopeful the high court will uphold that right." 1
IMHO, the problem is not whether the public has the right to vote on a definition of marriage. Everyone, both liberals and conservatives, understand that the definition of marriage is a state responsibility. I feel that the problem is whether the public has a right to approve a definition of marriage that violates the Due Process and/or Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- clauses which require governments at all levels to treat people equally.
- Kate Kendell is the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, (NCLR) a pro-equality LGBT group. She added the following message to their web site:
"The U.S. Supreme Court just announced that it will review NCLR’s Tennessee marriage equality case and three other cases—a history-making move that could settle the freedom to marry issue nationwide when the Court rules by the end of June 2015. ..."
The Court now has the opportunity to end the injustice facing same-sex couples who are recognized, protected, and respected in more than 36 states, but excluded from marriage rights in the rest of the country. ...."
"Our opponents have vowed to fight us every step of the way, and will be pouring everything they can into defeating the freedom to marry. To win will take the dedication of all of us, joining as one, to make this extraordinary goal a reality." 2
- Ted Olson is a well known conservative attorney, a co-author of the book: "Redeeming The Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality" 3 and a lead attorney in the California Proposition 8 case that returned marriage equality to that state.
Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, is co-author of the book: "Personal Faith, Public Policy: The 7 Urgent Issues that We, as People of Faith, Need to Come Together and Solve." 4
They appeared together on a lively Fox News Sunday program on 2015-JAN-18. They discussed same-sex marriage and the upcoming hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The host, Shannon Bream, mentioned that more than 70% of the American population now lives where same-sex couples can now marry. Perkins noted that:
- Voters in only three states had actually voted in favor of marriage equality. (Olson said that Perkins was wrong; there are ten states in which the public voted in a referendum or a state legislature voted to attain marriage equality. Both are probably correct.)
- In "Two-thirds of the states, people live ... where the voters or the legislatures have affirmed the natural definition of marriage."
His second comment refers mainly to amendments to state constitutions that ban same-sex marriage which have been passed by voters. Religious conservatives often refer to the marriage of one woman and one man to be "natural marriage," thus implying that marriages of two men or two women are unnatural.
"So, we’re hopeful that the court will side with the American people, and the majority of voters who have been very clear in the last two decades that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and they will side with the American voters, and not with a handful of judges. Most people don’t want lawyers and judges running the country."
Webmaster's comment: (Personal opinion; bias alert)
Perkins' comments about voters passing amendments to ban same-sex marriages mostly refers to state referendums that were passed in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, public support for SSM was a little over 40% and opposition was about 55%. Since then, more recent polls have shown that public opinion has flip-flopped with support at about 55%. Polls have also shown that percentage support for SSM among the millennial generation is in the 70's.
Although there is great public distrust of lawyers and concern over courts making decisions that affect people's lives, we rely upon them to declare unjust, unfair, and discriminatory laws and clauses in state constitutions to be unconstitutional and void. This is what the U.S. Supreme Court accomplished in 1967 when it allowed interracial couples to marry across the country. It may do the same for same-sex couples in 2015-JUN.
The following video shows the usual brief commercial, and the final approximately seven minutes of the Fox News Sunday program.
A video supplied by NBC News:
It contains a 15 second advertisement and news coverage lasting 2.5 minutes:
Pete Williams states that April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are raising four special-needs children. A picture on the WZZM-TV web site confirms this. 7 A few other news sources which state that they are raising three children appear to be in error.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Kim Trobee, "Special Alert: Supreme Court to Consider Future of Marriage," CITIZENLink, 2015-JAN-16, at: http://www.citizenlink.com/
- "BREAKING: SCOTUS takes our case," National Center for Lesbian Rights, 2015-JAN-16 PM, at: http://ncflr.convio.net/
- David Boies & Theodore Olson, "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality." Viking Adult, (2014). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
- Harry Jackson & Tony Perkins, "Personal Faith, Public Policy: The 7 Urgent Issues that We, as People of Faith, Need to Come Together and Solve," Frontline (2008). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
- David Edwards, "Watch lawyer destroy Tony Perkins on Fox after he says gay marriage leads to girls marrying dads," Raw Story, 2015-JAN-18, at: http://www.rawstory.com/
- Pete Williams, "Supreme Court agrees to decide on gay marriage," NBC News, 2015-JAN-16, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/
- "Mich. couple reacts to Sup. Court decision to hear case," WZZM 13/ABC, 2015-JAN-16, at: http://www.wzzm13.com/
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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2015-JAN-16
Latest update: 2015-JAN-20
Author: B.A. Robinson