The Supreme Court rules in favor of same sex marriage in a historic 5-4 ruling.  “Today’s opinion is truly historically tragic in so many ways.”  That’s the word from Vice President Aaron Baer for the Center for Arizona Policy who calls the decision undemocratic.  Baer says “for five unelected justices to throw out the
 

votes of one-point-two million Arizona voters on top of the tens of millions of voters in other states who voted to say that marriage should be between one man and one woman is undemocratic and in so many ways just tragic.”  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissenting opinion that same sex marriage proponents will no doubt celebrate the decision, but they “should not celebrate the Constitution because the Constitution had nothing to do with the decision.” 

 
Baer agrees with Roberts and suggests the Justices who are in favor of same sex marriage invented a constitutional right out of nothing but their own feelings.  Baer says for the five Justices “to invent a right in the Constitution is not good in so many ways.”  He adds “five Justices have found somewhere in the United States constitution a mandate for same sex marriage and it’s pretty clear with anyone who looks at the Constitution that the Constitution says nothing about marriage whatsoever.” 
 
Baer is now concerned about the consequences of the Supreme Court decision.  There are so many religious organizations and churches in America that will not bow down to this decision that the future of the First Amendment’s right to religious freedom is now threatened.  Justice Antonin Scalia warns this majority same sex marriage ruling is “a threat to American Democracy.”  Baer says questions what is the government going to do with those institution who do not agree with this decision?  “Are they going to force Americans to comply and violate their religious beliefs” such as churches, Christian schools or adoption agencies? 
 


Kris Dugan

 

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