The average American does not understand what the real fuss is over same-sex marriage as debated in the media. Critics of the issue have made it known of their intent to protest if the court rules unfavorably regarding the issue.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on challenges to a federal statute limiting recognition of marriage to that between a man and a women and California’s ban on same sex marriage (Proposition 8).
“There’s a sense of anticipation,” said Peter Sprigg, of the Family Research Council, “It’s likely the decisions will determine the landscape for where we go from here, so I certainly don’t believe that the debate is going to be over, but the terms of the debate and sort of the lay of the field, will probably be very different at the end.”
“Every possible scenario and out come and gambit are being considered because this fight is critically important,” said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. “If the Supreme Court…manufactures a right to same-sex marriage out of the Constitution, then the remedy would be a constitutional amendment,” he said.
Many think the Fuss over the same-sex marriage issue would constitute a policy shift that could affect the political structure of government for years to come.
“The Family Research Council has supported a marriage amendment in the past,” said Sprigg.
“I don’t think it’s going to be necessary because I don’ think the Supreme Court is foolish enough to go there,” said Eastman. “They recognize what harm they’ve caused to our body politic when they did something similar to that in 1973 (Roe v Wade) and that issue still infects our politics. You can’t run for dogcatcher in this country without that issue being part of a campaign.”
“I think for the marriage movement it won’t be as strenuous of a climb provided they don’t hand down a decision that looks like Roe,” said Ryan Anderson, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “I think over time — even if there is a bad decision in California– that could also be overturned in the light of new evidence, in the light of new findings as to what the impacts of redefining marriage are on marriage rates and on parenting, and outcomes for children. …There would be reasons to reform marriage laws.”
Those that question what the real fuss over same-sex marriage can be lectured on the issue of equality. However critics support the idea of resolving the conflict by the public with the use of the old ballot box.
By Thomas Barr