The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court isn't decided by voters,
but by the president and Senate. A constitutional expert believes
that should be a crucial issue for voters when they go to the polls
Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Liberty Counsel Action,
a recent ruling by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
declaring part of the federal law defining marriage as being
between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.
He stresses the next president will have the opportunity to
select at least one and perhaps two justices to the nation's high
"We already know where President Obama stands on
this issue," he remarks. "We already know he will use a litmus test
in appointing justices and judges who are judicial activists who
would use their position to undermine the definition of marriage
and to promote an immoral kind of jurisprudence."
According to Staver, if only one liberal, activist judge is
appointed the balance of the court would change.
"We will lose the Supreme Court literally for the rest of our
lives regarding social issues," he says. "It will be a machine that
will simply undermine our social values, and that's why I think
this election is so critically important."
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