The Supreme Court intervened Monday in an ongoing battle between Mormons and gay activists in Utah.
In the weeks since a recent U.S. District Court judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the state has pushed to fight the decision. With about two in three Utahans belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this debate has been largely influenced by the faith’s values.
Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the Dec. 20 ruling. Monday’s decision, however, will temporarily halt any pending homosexual nuptials.
The ruling resulted from an emergency appeal filed by the state with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who in turn sought the opinion of the entire court. Instead of issuing a decision, the high court handed down an order to curtail any further gay marriages until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo. is able to hear the case.
Despite moving to prohibit such unions through a state constitutional amendment nearly 10 years ago, leftists continue to demand the socially conservative state be forced to recognize and condone the perversion of traditional marriage. These activists will state their case alongside same-sex marriage opponents in the appeals process.
Though the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees states the right to decide for themselves how to handle countless issues, today’s political left wants to see a homogenous America that reflects only their ideology. It is not enough that a large number of states are voluntarily moving to recognize gay marriage; these activists want to force the remaining states to join them.
This is not only a bastardization of our founding principles; it is an affront to religious adherents who want to keep Utah’s distinctly conservative influence.
While America’s high court is allowing for a potential reversal of the circuit court ruling, there is little indication an appeals court will uphold Utah’s ban. As is the norm among leftists, those who cannot be persuaded to follow their lead will be forced to do so through legislative and judicial action.
–B. Christopher Agee
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