One expert asserts that a Nevada federal judge is right about
The decision favoring traditional marriage came from Judge
Robert Jones in a lawsuit filed by two lesbians seeking to strike
down Nevada's ten-year-old amendment protecting traditional
marriage as unconstitutional.
Matt Barber of Liberty
Counsel Action believes Judge Jones' decision is one the U.S.
Supreme Court can look to as it addresses the "issues of
counterfeit same-sex marriage."
"There are common-sense restrictions that are placed on the
institution of marriage that we all must adhere to," Barber notes.
"For instance, an adult cannot marry a minor child; a person cannot
marry somebody who is too close to them from a familial standpoint;
people cannot marry their house plant."
Judge Robert Jones expressed in his 41-page opinion that
homosexuals are not being denied the right to marry; they simply
have to abide by the same criteria as everyone else.
"Homosexuals have not historically been denied the right to
vote, the right to serve on juries, or the right to own property,"
he writes. "The protection of the traditional institution of
marriage, which is a conceivable basis for the distinction in this
case, is a legitimate state interest." He adds that if the state
recognized same-sex couples' marriages, heterosexuals might "cease
to value the civil institution as highly as they previously had and
hence enter into it less frequently."
"The judge here points out that the state, because marriage the
institution confers a benefit on society, then society, the state,
the government has the right and indeed the duty to maintain the
definition of marriage as it has always been -- between a male and
female," Barber relays.
As the Supreme Court prepares to deal with homosexual marriage
issues, the Liberty Counsel attorney hopes justices will consider
the consequences of deconstructing traditional marriage.