Ted Olson
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Ted Olson

Will the Supreme Court protect marriage?


“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Did you know that on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether to take up the issue of redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex? The court that found in the U.S. Constitution a previously hidden right of privacy for women to kill their unborn babies and ruled that taxpayer-supported colleges and universities could admit and deny applicants based on the color of their skin will decide whether to upend the institution of marriage, essentially making a mockery of it.

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In 2000, 61.4 percent of California voters chose to add this language to the code: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The state’s highest court struck down the law four to three. Consequently, more than a million Californians signed a petition to put the language on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. On Nov. 4, 2008, Proposition 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote. As expected, the homosexual lobby challenged the amendment, but the California Supreme Court upheld it six to one.

Afterward, former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson and his legal team sued the state and claimed that voters violated the Constitution when they overrode the state court’s decision. (Olson believes sexual behavior is akin to skin color.) The case ended up before the Supreme Court. From ABC News:

“[Olson and fellow attorney David Boies] contend in court briefs that the question about whether the states might discriminate against gay men and lesbians in the provision of marriage licenses could be the ‘defining civil rights issue of our time.’”

Can you believe it? The defining civil rights issue of any time in the United States was removing barriers to full citizenship for black Americans. Yet the homosexual lobby (whose chief aims are to normalize homosexual behavior and crush dissent) claims, with a collective straight face, that allowing two people of the same sex to call themselves married is a civil rights issue.

ABC quotes Olson and Boies:

“By eliminating the right of individuals of the same sex to marry, Proposition 8 relegated same-sex couples seeking government recognition of their relationships to so-called ‘domestic partnerships.’ Under California law, domestic partners are granted nearly all the substantive rights and obligations of a married couple, but are denied the venerated label of ‘marriage’ and all of the respect, recognition and public acceptance that goes with that institution.”

It’s not enough for the homosexual lobby to have marriage-like “civil unions” and “domestic partnerships.” They want the label “marriage,” and will not stop until they get it. No matter how the highest court in the land rules on this issue, the battle to preserve the definition of marriage must continue. Saving unborn lives, putting the government out of the race business, protecting a God-ordained and beneficial institution that is good for society in general and children in particular—these are worth fighting for, even if the effort appears futile.

La Shawn Barber
La Shawn Barber

La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications


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