The U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday denied an emergency application filed by the sponsors of California's Proposition 8 urging the court to immediately halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses that resumed Friday after an appeals court lifted the ban "prematurely."
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday essentially legalized gay marriage in California after ruling that defenders of Proposition 8, the voter-approved amendment defining marriage as being between a man and woman, had no legal standing to defend it. Backers of Prop 8 say the court has set a dangerous precedent that in effect neutralizes the will of the people who vote.
Those of us who support biblical marriage must match the passion and resolve of those who support same-sex marriage. They claim to be working for "marriage equality." In fact, they are attempting to legitimize relationships which run counter to God's word and design for us. If we would be a nation God can bless, our culture needs us to speak the truth in love more courageously than ever.
The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were certainly no surprise either. So the real question is what gay marriage opponents will do now.
On the last day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today on two same-sex marriage cases. Both are important cases, and both will go far in redefining the most basic institution of human civilization. The Court knew it was making history. A majority of the justices clearly intended to make history, and future generations will indeed remember this day. But for what?
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. The court also dismissed an appeal regarding California's Proposition 8, ruling that private parties did not have "standing" to defend the voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
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