“Many of America’s largest companies rallied behind the gay marriage cause on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for April 28 on the contentious social issue that promises to yield one of the justices’ most important rulings of 2015.” You can (and should) read the entire article at http://fortune.com/2015/03/05/hundreds-of-companies-urge-the-supreme-court-to-back-gay-marriage/.
WHAT’S THE THINKING? I’m not a lawyer (though I was a Perry Mason and Matlock fan—TV lawyers for you under 40). But I don’t understand the thinking behind 379 businesses and “groups”signing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of same-sex marriage. According to the article, “The justices will consider whether same-sex marriage bans are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. A ruling is due by the end of June.” In other words, the Court’s decision is based on the Constitution. So how do the desires of businesses (or anyone else) figure in? Either the justice’s interpret the Constitution to allow for same-sex marriage or they interpret it not to. It’s the U.S. Constitution, not the wishes of American businesses.
WHAT’S THE REASON? Why are businesses trying to persuade the Court? “‘Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law treatment,’ the brief says.” I don’t know what “reduces uncertainty” refers to; but “improves productivity” and “removes wasteful administrative burdens” clearly refer to money. If the Court allows same-sex marriage, expenses will shrink and profits will rise, according to these U.S. companies. All heart, aren’t they?
WHAT WILL BE THE OUTCOME? What does profit-margin have to do with interpreting the U.S. Constitution? Is the Constitution’s stand on same-sex marriage an economic issue? Of course not, but given some of the Court’s decisions, who knows? The Constitution’s “guarantee of equal protection under the law” sounds like it can include virtually anything. Why wouldn’t two men and two women all marrying one another be considered a legal marriage under the “equal protection” clause? My crystal ball tells me the Supremes will ban state bans on same-sex marriage, thus legalizing it in all 50 states.
WHAT ARE WE TO DO? In doing so, they will violate a Higher Law than the Constitution. I’m not going to write a dissertation on one-man-one-woman marriage. Suffice it to say that the LORD God’s creation ordinance makes his plan plain . . .
Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife,
and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:23,24).
Sadly we’ve fallen so far from grace in this country that the Scriptures have no place in the courtroom. They’re padlocked in the church building, filed under “religion–DO NOT REMOVE!” Atheists applaud, because they believe many of the world’s problems are religion-caused (unwilling to consider that one might actually be true). But the problem isn’t just with atheists. Many professed Christians argue for same-sex marriage on the basis of the separation of church and state, revealing both their ignorance of what the Constitution means by “church” and what the framers were out to prevent by that concept. Of course, what the framers meant matters little to many these days. They see the Constitution as a “living document” which must be interpreted according to societal changes. Follow that to its logical conclusion and you’ll realize that current societal norms dictate what the Constitution says rather than the Constitution dictating what should be societal norms. That’s rather like the inmates running the institution.
Meanwhile, what are we left with? First, prayer. Pray that God will intervene for righteousness sake. Second, obey. Be a minority that lives faithfully to God’s commands—especially the command to love our neighbor as ourselves (even if our neighbor is a same-sex couple). And third, be encouraged. The darker the night of immorality becomes the closer we get to the coming of the Day.
The night is far gone;
the day is at hand.
So then let us cast off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Let us walk properly as in the daytime . . . (Romans 13:12,13a)