Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

The Room Is Getting Smaller (and the elephant, larger)

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What the Supreme Court did in striking down a significant portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and declaring Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional is egregious. It’s appalling to me that the country has so quickly moved from tolerating the sin of homosexuality to embracing it to celebrating it. Conviction about the sinfulness of homosexuality makes me loathe the ruling. But much more is at stake than the ruling about the legality of homosexuality in California.

What’s alarming about the ruling is that the Supreme Court has usurped the rights of states to continue to legally define marriage in the way that it has been defined by virtually all societies in all periods of history. All it takes now is for one determined homosexual couple in each state to sue said state for marriage “rights.” The precedent has been set and, thus, every state legislature and every lower court can already see the writing on the wall. In fact, it can already see the writing on the marriage certificate of any homosexual couple that pushes the envelope. It’s a sad day for people who hold to Biblical moral values. We live in a land in which the Supreme Court ruled, not only against the majority vote of the state of California, but, in ruling against DOMA overturned the law duly enacted by her sister branches in the federal government: the United States House of Representatives, the United States Congress and the Presidency of the United States. As Justice Scalia noted in his scathing dissenting opinion:

“Laying such a charge against them (the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government cc) should require the most extraordinary evidence, and I would have thought that every attempt would be made to indulge a more anodyne explanation for the statute.”

We should brace ourselves. Homosexual marriage is now coming to all states. Further, without some unforeseen change in the make-up of the high court, we should get used to the fact that the power of our state legislatures and courts has been stripped by five of those nine justices in Washington. Of course, this has not happened overnight, but, in my judgement, this is the most blatant power grab to date. The U.S. system of checks and balances simply does not work if the judicial branch takes upon itself the authority to “interpret” the Constitution with motives other than justice. The majority this weekend had another motive. In the words of Scalia, “the only motive for this act was the bare . . . desire to harm a politically unpopular group.” That group, sadly, would be those of us who define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. We have been codified by the majority in the Supreme Court as “enemies of the human race.”

The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that, if homosexual marriage had been the “norm” all along…if that’s what people had done throughout the centuries in virtually all societies rather than procreation between husbands and wives…I say, if that’s what people had done, there would be no human race. But then it’s not popular to notice elephants in rooms. It’s not popular to talk about them. But elephants don’t just stand around in rooms. Pretty soon they wreak havoc and soon the room is not fit for human cohabitation. Christians should stop tip-toeing around the elephant. He’s already beginning to smell pretty bad.

Scalia, one more time, on the great lengths to which the majority went to push a social agenda:

“All that, simply for supporting an act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence — indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humanigeneris, enemies of the human race.”

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