Via Alliance Defending Freedom:
It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
While there’s been much speculation about how particular Justices could rule, and a variety of possible scenarios have been discussed at length elsewhere, here are two of the most widely discussed outcomes:
- The Supreme Court declares that states can affirm marriage as a one man, one woman union. This would mean that the Supreme Court upholds our freedom to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman – as it has been understood for millennia. It would also uphold the freedom to democratically address the most pressing social issues of the day through the people’s vote, not court mandate. It would also mean that the Court ruled according to law and precedent, and resisted demands to invent new constitutional rights.
- The Supreme Court declares that all states must redefine marriage. This decision would mean that the Supreme Court strips us of our freedom to debate and decide marriage policy through the democratic process, overrides the tens of millions of Americans who recently reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman (31 states have voted to affirm marriage in their constitutions, while only 3 states have voted to redefine marriage), and tosses away the understanding of marriage’s nature and purpose that has been embraced for millennia by diverse cultures and faiths across the globe.
Obviously, the consequences of the two outcomes are vastly different. But how should we respond in either situation? I believe that in either case, our response should actually be the same.