Will Alabama buck marriage ruling?

Friday, July 10, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on homosexual "marriage" could forthcoming soon from the Alabama Supreme Court.

"[F]or those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority's approach is deeply disheartening .... Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law."

Excerpt from Liberty Counsel brief

Liberty Counsel has filed a reply brief with the Alabama court in response to the opinion issued by "five lawyers" on the U.S. Supreme Court. Founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the brief asks the state court to recognize the ruling as only an opinion that isn't grounded in the Constitution, the constitutional precedence, or the rule of law.

"In fact there's precedent for state supreme courts not following bogus United States Supreme Court opinions," Staver explains. "The infamous Dred Scott decision, [which] said that blacks were not entitled to full citizenship, was not followed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court – and history pointed out that the Wisconsin Supreme Court was right and the Supreme Court was wrong."

Staver believes that's the same situation America faces today.

Liberty Counsel's 40-page brief submitted to Alabama also asks the state's high court to protect the religious liberty of its citizens because.

Staver

"This opinion by five lawyers on marriage is already having catastrophic consequences against people of faith," the Christian attorney notes. "It starts off with the clerks or the probate judges or the magistrates with regards to the issuing of licenses, and it's spreading from there. And it certainly is in the jurisdiction of the Alabama Supreme Court to protect its citizens with respect to their precious religious liberty rights."

Staver suggests a decision from that court could come as early as within the next few days.

Polygamy, polyamory next?

Constitutional attorney Matt Barber says with the assault on natural marriage fueled by the high court's decision, Americans can expect an open season on marriage in legislatures and courts throughout the nation.

Barber, who is also the founder of Barbwire.com, points out that dissenting justices in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court stated clearly that the ruling opens the door for other illegal forms of marriage to become legal.

"And by rolling out this notion of so-called 'gay marriage' and saying that it's a constitutional right, they must now necessarily allow any form of so-called 'marriage,'" he argues. "Polygamy is next. The polygamists are calling it 'marriage equality.' The polyamorists, you know two men marrying two women, communal marriages and so forth."

Barber, Matt (Liberty Counsel)Barber fully expects their advocates and activists to pressure lawmakers and the courts to legalize their definition of marriage, all stemming from the Supreme Court ruling.

"That was the whole purpose behind so-called 'marriage equality,'" Barber continues. "It was never that the homosexual activists wanted the white picket fence. It was that they wanted to burn down the white picket fence ...

"[They wanted to] water down the institution of marriage so that marriage is meaningless, and we will see that now with incestuous marriages and polygamist marriages as well as so-called same-sex marriages."

But the attorney stresses that God, not the Supreme Court, is the final authority on marriage; and that to Christians, marriage will always be between one man and one woman – and on that definition, he concludes, Christians must stand firm.

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