Supreme Court may take up same-sex ‘marriage’ issue on January 9
After rejecting multiple states’ pleas to review a rash of federal court decisions striking down bans on same-sex “marriage,” the United States Supreme Court has agreed to consider reviewing a more recent decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld such bans in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. The court will also consider whether to review a district court ruling upholding Louisiana’s ban, reports LifeSiteNews.
Most judicial observers believe the high court previously declined to hear arguments on the same-sex “marriage” issue because at the time, there was no difference of opinion among the various appellate courts – all had ruled in favor of redefining marriage to include homosexual couples. Now that the 6th Circuit has issued a contradictory opinion, however, the high court must decide whether to settle the dispute. The justices will meet January 9 to decide whether they will do so.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court asking them to wait until Idaho’s case comes before them to make any decisions. Otter said he believes Idaho’s marriage law – which was struck down by the 9th Circuit and is currently pending a rehearing – is the “best vehicle” for deciding the same-sex “marriage” issue once and for all, because it addresses “the marriage-litigation wave in all respects.”
According to Otter, the Idaho case includes the question of both in-state marriages and recognition of out-of-state marriages, challenges the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ application of a heightened standard of scrutiny for discrimination based on sexual preference, and specifically addresses religious liberty issues.
Warning the justices of “the enormous societal risks accompanying a genderless-marriage regime,” Otter wrote, “Common sense and a wealth of social-science data teach that children do best emotionally, socially, intellectually and economically when reared in an intact home by both biological parents.”