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