The U.S. Supreme Court stunned America with its decision on Proposition 8.
Proposition 8 was passed by 52% of Californian voters declaring that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Judicial activists have tried to overturn the people’s vote.
Governor Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Kamala Harris have refused their Constitutional duty to fight for the California voter. In court they were legally obligated to support the 7 million plus who voted “yes” on Proposition 8.
Because of their inaction, supporters of Proposition 8 have set out to defend democracy by themselves.
The court said two key things:
1. The official proponents of Proposition 8 don’t have the legal authority to defend Proposition 8 – only California Governor or Attorney General (who refused).
2. The high court then voided the 9th circuit court’s opinion that struck down Proposition 8.
Here is the key point overlooked by the media today: no one knows for sure what the Superior court actions will really mean.
The Supreme Court indirectly is saying it’s up to the states to decide on gay marriage or not. But it left open how to interpret this for California.
So far 38 states established marriage as the union of a man and woman.
Here are six critical take-away for today’s decision:
1. The battle over marriage will continue in California. Are you able to articulate a defense of marriage? Is your church willing to take a stand?
2. Expect the California Democratic supermajority to place this issue on the 2016 ballot.
3. Watch for a lawsuit again. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown say homosexual marriage will be allowed in about 30 days. Proposition 8 lawyers say no, the law (Proposition 8) stands. Some lawyers agree the law stands only in Central and Northern California –where homosexual Judge Vaughn declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
4. The moral, ethical and legal failure of the Governor and Attorney General to do their legal duty shows that elections have consequences. Will Christians – and you’re church – stand up in 2014?
5. Your church or Christian business is still not safe… but everyone will buy time if there is another lawsuit. Legal actions against “discrimination” will be harder without legal recognition of homosexual marriage. But your church should still adopt the guideline we recommended to protect itself (see our previous article “Urgent: is your organization prepared?” here).
6. Government should never have involved itself in marriage. But now it’s politicized. But, despite this, the true definition of marriage is not defined by any court, legislative action or vote. It’s defined by God, designed to have profound spiritual significance, practical protection for parenting children, giving them a balanced family environment.
7. Expect more attacks on your faith and church. Persecution will increase as those intolerant of people of faith and our belief in marriage use the media, press and politicians to attack Christians.
What we do know is the Supreme Court’s decision to not get involved, however, is a slap in the face for the people of California. Their decision could lead to nullifying the citizen’s vote.
This sets a dangerous precedent, as it ignores the original intent of our founders, a nation of laws that is meant to be for the people and by the people.
Here is an interesting video explaining the significance of the court ruling today, and the ultimate effects of the ruling as we know it.
About three minutes, you can watch the video here.
What do you think about this ruling? Email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in love, faith and hope,
Craig A. Huey
Reality Alert/Election Forum
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Liberty (2 Cor.3:17)