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