High court urged to take 'right course of action'

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

In one attorney's opinion, the numerous briefs filed in support of traditional marriage shows there's still widespread support for marriage solely between a man and a woman.

At the start of this month, the U.S. Supreme Court received more than 30 friend-of-the-court briefs that support California's Proposition 8 -- the measure passed by voters in 2008 to uphold biblical marriage. Many of the pro-Prop. 8 briefs also support the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which will soon go before the Supreme Court. Justices on the high court will hear both cases in March.

Alliance Defending Freedom's (ADF) Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel, weighs in on why support for natural marriage is so widespread.

Nimocks, Austin (ADF)"Marriage between a man and a woman is a universal good that diverse faiths and cultures throughout the history of Western civilization have seen fit to honor," he notes. Marriage is not merely about personal preferences, but a bigger relationship that has a societal impact.

"As these briefs show, the right course of action for the Supreme Court is not to short-circuit the debate that America is having about marriage, but instead to let that debate continue so we as Americans may find our common ground."

In addition to showing a widespread support for marriage and Proposition 8, the attorney suggests the briefs also display how the initiative process was undermined in the state.

Nearly 20 attorneys general throughout the nation filed a joint brief in support of traditional marriage.

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