REFORMATION RUMBLINGS “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled the Idaho and Nevada bans [on same-sex marriage] violate couples rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment.”
BUFF SCOTT, JR.
Federal Judges vs. States’ Rights
—Arizona Republic, Phoenix.
I stand flabbergasted and disgruntled every time a Federal Judge or panel of Federal Judges strikes down a State law that relates to ethical values and replaces it with a law that supports and promotes a licentious lifestyle.
These Judges, most of whom appear to be extravagantly liberal in their thinking, distort the Fourteenth Amendment
to our Constitution
so that it embodies the right for homosexuals to marry their own kind and lesbians to marry their own gender. They say to deny them that right violates couples rights to equal protection.
I disagree and believe their interpretation is faulty. As I view the Fourteenth Amendment
, it does not, either directly or indirectly, shore up sexual aberrations or same-sex marriage. Yes, the Amendment
limits the actions of all State and local officials, such as when a State passes a law that infringes upon or is contrary to said Constitution and its Amendments. Banning same-sex marriage by a State does not fall into that category, however
It is not a question of the United States Constitution
being the Supreme Law of the land. Nor is it a question that Judges, both State and Federal, shall be bound by said Constitution. The problem arises when Federal Judges overstep and overrule State Judges by interpreting the Constitution’s Amendments
to their own liking and, as a result, wind up fostering unprincipled sexual gratification by allowing men to marry and sleep with men and women to marry and sleep with women.
This is what has occurred in the same-sex controversy. These are acts of usurpation upon States Rights
by Federal Judges, and deserve to be treated as such. Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment
reads: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
It is apparent that a State that initiates a law upholding ethical values by banning same-sex marriage does not deprive any person their freedom or due process of law. Furthermore, common sense dictates a limit
to a citizens liberty, else he is free to indulge in the lowest form of depravity. Let me bolster this conclusion by tendering a scenario.
Consensual incest among family members is as old as history. Considering the downward spiral our country is experiencing, I envision the day when two family members will file a lawsuit in their State claiming they are deprived of their rights on the basis they are not permitted to marry, whether sister and brother, son and mother, or daughter and father.
Reflect upon this reasoning. If Federal Judges can override a State’s decision and allow a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman, based upon what they say concurs with the Fourteenth Amendment
, how could they consistently deny marriage between two family members? The same Amendment
would apply equally to both circumstances. There is absolutely no consistent way Federal Judges could deny two family members their rights, as per their own logic and interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment
I would like to add at this juncture that Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
appeals to the Fourteenth Amendment
to condone and Constitutionally legalize his marriage to his “male wife.” God forbid, but should he be elected President, his “First Lady”
would be of the male gender.
I accuse Federal Judges of misinterpreting our Constitution
to further their own liberal agenda. And while the United States Constitution
is the supreme law of the land, Heaven’s moral standards are universal and eternal. Yet Heaven’s ethics are set aside, downplayed, and overridden by mere men who apparently delight in playing God—in spite of the fact that God, via
the apostle Paul, condemned and condemns homosexuality. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the [eternal] reign of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the [eternal] reign of God” [1 Cor. 6:9-11].
Any of these grievous evils, of course, can be repented of and the guilty party receive God’s forgiveness. But a continuous and chronic lifestyle consisting of these evils is another matter, the great apostle proclaims. Paul, in his letter to Timothy, reinforces his pronouncement [1 Tim. 1:10]
Let it be recalled that whole cities were demolished because of homosexual activity [Gen. 19:23-25]
. Even our Lord Jesus spoke negatively of Sodom [Matt. 11:23]
. A question we all should consider is if America continues traveling the path of vicious, unprincipled evils, will our God be provoked to demolish her—in one form or another?