Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dissent from Calif. Supreme Court

More Talking about Marriage and our Culture -- and do read that linked blog entry of mine if you have not already -- can be found in another commentary by John Witte, Jr., highlighted by Canon Kendall Harmon at TitusOneNine on Sunday.

While in that post Prof. Witte is addressing "The Legal Challenges of Religious Polygamy," one of Fr. Harmon's correspondents raises this from California Justice Marvin Baxter’s dissent from the revolutionary Court's lawless creation of same-sex marriage:
The bans on incestuous and polygamous marriages are ancient and deep-rooted, and, as the majority suggests, they are supported by strong considerations of social policy. Our society abhors such relationships, and the notion that our laws could not forever prohibit them seems preposterous. Yet here, the majority overturns, in abrupt fashion, an initiative statute confirming the equally deep-rooted assumption that marriage is a union of partners of the opposite sex. The majority does so by relying on its own assessment of contemporary community values, and by inserting in our Constitution an expanded definition of the right to marry that contravenes express statutory law.

That approach creates the opportunity for further judicial extension of this perceived constitutional right into dangerous territory. Who can say that, in ten, fifteen, or twenty years, an activist court might not rely on the majority’s analysis to conclude, on the basis of a perceived evolution in community values, that the laws prohibiting polygamous and incestuous marriages were no longer constitutionally justified?
Again, the link to the T19 post and comments is here. Prof. Witte's full commentary is here. For for excerpts of Justice Baxter's dissent, see here by Cobb, here by the Thomas More Law Center, and here on the West Law Report blog.


Anonymous said...

I find this response and the lack of response from ELCA bishops to be very telling. It seems that natural moral law has been esponged from Lutheran memory in that denomination, as well as common sense.

This judge and the Catholic bishops speak rightly (for the most part. I don't like the fall back on "well, they already have domestic rights anyway" argument since the very relationship is wrong, contrary to nature, it really ought not to be encouraged at all). These arguments don't work in the ELCA though, and God help them (I mean that literally) to see the truth.

Peace in the Lord!
Rob Buechler

steve martin said...

Welcome to the 21st century!

If it weren't for Christ we would have no hope.

I am in a congregation that is ELCA.
We do too have our standards of morality!

We won't ordain an openly gay pastor unless his boyfriend is present and is wearing trousers.

And you thought we were super liberal...

Anonymous said...

Steve Martin wrote: "We won't ordain an openly gay pastor unless his boyfriend is present and is wearing trousers.

And you thought we were super liberal..."

Yeah, but are the pants solid colored or some kind of tie-dye? Solid colored is the new conservativism and orthodoxy in the ELCA!;)

Peace in the Lord!
Rob Buechler