Good news that SCOTUS will hear marriage cases

Saturday, December 8, 2012
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Several pro-family groups are voicing their approval that the highest court in America has decided it will hear highly contentious and controversial cases involving efforts by homosexual activists to redefine -- and by family advocates to protect -- traditional marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide homosexual marriage issues. The high court's decisions will not be expected until next summer.

Lorence, Jordan (ADF)Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow the court will hear arguments on California's Proposition 8 -- the voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman -- and on a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage the same way for the purposes of deciding who can receive a range of federal benefits.

"And we hope that they are going to uphold both of those and say that it is legitimate, constitutional policy to define marriage as one man and woman," he says, "because marriage between a man and a woman is a universal good that diverse cultures and faiths have honored throughout the history of Western civilization."

The National Organization for Marriage is predicting SCOTUS will uphold Prop. 8.


"We believe [taking the case] is a strong signal that the court will reverse the lower courts and uphold Proposition 8," says NOM's chairman John Eastman. "That is the right outcome based on the law and based on the principle that voters hold the ultimate power over basic policy judgments and their decisions are entitled to respect."

Randy Thomasson, president of, describes the announcement from the high court as "good news" - but adds that the battle is not just about marriage.

Thomasson, Randy ("We're relying on the Supreme Court to uphold the plain reading of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees each state 'a republican form of government' - a government under the written law, not government run by the unconstitutional prejudices of some judges.

"Without question," Thomasson continues, "the Supreme Court should reserve marriage licenses exclusively for one man and one woman, not only for the sake of children and families, but for the sake of our republic."

The Supreme Court is likely to hear arguments in March and hand down decisions in June.

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