A Christian attorney intimately familiar with the legal cases
involving "gay marriage" warns that legal technicalities could play
a major factor in how the Supreme Court decides those cases. And a
respected Christian commentator offers her take what could follow a
ruling favoring same-sex unions.
Several pro-family groups have voiced their approval that the
U.S. Supreme court decided to hear cases involving homosexual
On Friday the high court announced it will hear legal arguments
regarding Proposition 8, the voter-approved California
constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man
and one woman; and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied
benefits to partners of homosexual federal employees.
Don't count on the court
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, however, is concerned that the
court could kick the cases out on technicalities.
"Because in both cases they also asked the issue of
standing to be addressed," he explains during an interview with
OneNewsNow. "[They asked] whether or not the backers of Prop. 8
have standing, and whether or not the legislative branch can
actually bring up this case and defend it in the DOMA case."
Staver acknowledges that the public wants a decision -- but
suggests they want the right decision.
"We want the right decision to say that the Constitution no way,
and no conceivable way, sanctions same-sex marriage. I think that's
the way the Constitution is," he argues.
"There's just absolutely no way [the Constitution] allows for
same-sex marriage or requires same-sex marriage -- that's the
correct ruling. But we're dealing here with the United State
Supreme Court, and justices don't always follow the constitutional
Arguments will likely be in March, and a decision announced by
So ... what if court sides with 'gay
Author and radio personality Janet Parshall, who appeared American Family
Radio's "Today's Issues" Monday, weighed in on the Supreme
Court's decision to hear two cases involving "gay marriage."
"When we heard on Friday that the Supreme Court was going to
take up, not one, but two cases dealing with the subject of gay
marriage, I had so many feelings that roared through my head," she
shared. "[My first thought was] Thank you, Lord, for a platform! I
think one of our responsibilities as Christian communicators is to
equip the saints."
Parshall said people need to understand how rare it is when the
Supreme Court takes up a case, not to mention two cases on the same
"Honestly, I'm not pessimistic. I think that as a follower of
Christ Jesus it's next to impossible to ever look at the glass as
half-empty," stated Parshall. "But I do think by the same token,
[because of] reading God's Word, we have to be optimistic realists.
And in a very fragile high court situation like we have now -- I
give you the healthcare decision [for example] -- who knows how
this will come down?"
That said, Parshall offered her thoughts on what she sees
happening should the high court rule in favor of same-sex marriage
"If the U.S. Supreme Court suddenly decides that one particular
sexual orientation gets protective civil rights, not unlike
same-color as one skin, what that will mean in very short order is
that ... every jot, every tittle from Genesis to Revelation, in
very short order, we will be called the official discriminators in
this country," she predicted.
Pastors who stand in the pulpits on Sunday mornings, she
believes, will find themselves in the horns of dilemma. "They will
either retreat out of fear or they will boldly proclaim [biblical
truth], giving honor to a king rather than a government," stated
the radio commentator.
And she believes some Bible-believing Christians -- bold pastors
among them -- will probably lose their jobs for calling
homosexuality a sin.
"You're going to see the Employment Non-Discrimination Act kick
in," she stated. "There will be added language and enhancements on
the hate-crimes legislation. The residuals on this are going to be