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Another Court Affirms Marriage

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 Washington’s Supreme Court today upheld a state law affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This is the sixth recent court decision that seemingly understands what most of us have known all along – that God created marriage in the Garden of Eden, and He doesn’t need mankind to define it any differently.

The court ruled 5-4 that Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1998, was constitutional. The law was overturned in 2004 by two county judges in response to a lawsuit from 19 same-sex couples. The state Supreme Court had heard arguments on the matter in March of last year. The timing of the ruling was something of a surprise – many observers had expected the court to wait to issue its ruling until after the Nov. 7 elections.

Essentially, the court ruled that the plaintiff couples had not proven that they had a fundamental right to marry or that the 1998 law was unconstitutional (they had claimed the law violated Washington’s Equal Rights Amendment). Three members of the majority, however, expressly left the door open for the state to establish same-sex marriage legislatively.

“This is the most important of the recent court rulings supporting marriage,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, president and founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “If one judge had voted the other way, same-sex marriage would become legal in a second state, and that would have caused tragic consequences across the nation. Unlike Massachusetts, Washington has no residency requirements for marriage licenses. Any couple could have flown into the state to get married, and many states would be forced to recognize those marriages.”

“I’m thankful for this result, but the slim margin of the decision shows how vulnerable marriage is to the whims of activist judges – one judge could have thrown the nation into chaos today. Those who understand that God’s plan for marriage is best cannot stop advancing this cause, because a single court decision mandating same-sex unions would do more damage to marriage than all of these recent positive decisions.”

In the past three weeks, state courts in New York, Massachusetts, Georgia and Tennessee have issued rulings favorable to the traditional definition of marriage. In addition, a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court decision that ruled Nebraska’s marriage amendment unconstitutional.

Massachusetts remains the only state in the nation where same-sex marriage is legal. The state’s Supreme Court forced that condition with a ruling in 2003. Twenty states have constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and six more states will vote on similar amendments in November.


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