May 16, 2008

"As California Goes, So Goes The Nation" - A Further Analysis Of The California Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision

"As California Goes, So Goes The Nation" is a famous phrase which has been true many times throughout American history. Thus, the stunning gay marriage decision handed down by the California Supreme Court yesterday holds tremendous implications for the nation as a whole. It not only overturned the gay marriage ban, but it made gay marriage a constitutional right in California which cannot be changed by the legislature or by an initiative voted on by the voters of California. Let's take a closer look at some of the specific language of the decision and analyze it:

"As discussed below, upon review of the numerous California decisions that have examined the underlying bases and significance of the constitutional right to marry (and that illuminate why this right has been recognized as one of the basic, inalienable civil rights guaranteed to an individual by the California Constitution), we conclude that, under this state’s Constitution, the constitutionally based right to marry properly must be understood to encompass the core set of basic substantive legal rights and attributes traditionally associated with marriage that are so integral to an individual’s liberty and personal autonomy that they may not be eliminated or abrogated by the Legislature or by the electorate through the statutory initiative process."

Notice that the California Supreme Court specifically defined gay marriage as a constitutional right in California, and notice how they specifically stated that the legislature and the voters cannot do anything about it. This has got to be the strongest language that any state supreme court in the nation has ever used regarding the issue of gay marriage.

"These core substantive rights include, most fundamentally, the opportunity of an individual to establish — with the person with whom the individual has chosen to share his or her life — an officially recognized and protected family possessing mutual rights and responsibilities and entitled to the same respect and dignity accorded a union traditionally designated as marriage."

Notice that the California Supreme Court went beyond gay marriage and mandated that the right to have children for gay couples is guaranteed by the California constitution. Therefore, now homosexuals have a constitutional right to adopt children in California and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

"As past cases establish, the substantive right of two adults who share a loving relationship to join together to establish an officially recognized family of their own — and, if the couple chooses, to raise children within that family — constitutes a vitally important attribute of the fundamental interest in liberty and personal autonomy that the California Constitution secures to all persons for the benefit of both the individual and society."

Why not three people? Why not four? How soon will human/animal unions be recognized? The reality is that the California Supreme Court has truly "crossed the Rubicon" with this decision, and the United States will never be the same.

Gay marriage is here to stay.

I wonder what God must be thinking?

Scripture gives us some clues:

Romans 1:26-27

"God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

1 comment:

  1. The institution of marriage should be left to the church. Civil unions, for all, should be left to the government. :)
    (My opinion on the supreme court is that they were just doing their job) ... more on that here: