- Category: U.S.
- Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:36
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision Wednesday to reverse the voter-approved Proposition 8 in California, meaning that same-sex marriages will now be recognized again in the state.
A national clergy group maintains traditional marriage took a major blow with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We are stunned at this decision today to take a 360-degree turn away from the biblical definition of marriage,” said Sam Rohrer, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network and former Pennsylvania state representative for eighteen years. “While this decision is a setback to all we have fought for to protect marriage, we must continue to work to keep marriages and families intact, the way God intended them, and pray for a continued revival of the values upon which this country was founded.”
In 2008 Proposition 8 passed by 52 percent of voters in California. The proposition defined marriage between one man and one woman. Two same-sex couples filed a suit challenging the proposition, however, and the case has been in front of the Supreme Court justices since March, 2013.
Wednesday’s ruling reverses same-sex language in California’s constitution.
“The Supreme Court defies God's Word,” said Ken Ham, president/CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. “They may have the say in this country now--but God has the last say. One day these justices who voted against God's Word concerning marriage will give an account to the One they have really shaken their fists at.”
The Supreme Court also struck down language defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The 1996 law signed by President Clinton prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
For its decision, SCOTUS considered the case United States v. Windsor, which takes to task the term “marriage” in DOMA, which says that “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” and the term “‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex.”
The Supreme Court found that language to be unconstitutional and therefore reversed the act that defines traditional marriage in America.