Defence of Marriage Act

The United States Supreme Court decision in the Defence of Marriage Act DOMA marks the beginning of the end of a free society. The ruling was not just a legal case but a judgment on the hearts and morals of those who believe differently then the majority opinion. It was stated that the intent of DOMA was to "disparage and to injure" those who are in a same sex marriage. Justice Scalia in his discenting opinion makes it clear that there were valid reasons for the DOMA, which have nothing to do with stigmatizing those homosexual.

However, the abuse of power that was used to promote this case is even more concerning than the decision itself. Justice Scalia makes it clear that the Supreme Court should only rule in cases where there is an injury to one of the parties, in this case, both parties agreed with each other.
What the petitioner United States asks us to do in the case before us is exactly what the respondent Windsor asks us to do: not to provide relief from the judgment below but to say that that judgment was correct. And the same was true in the Court of Appeals: Neither party sought to undo the judgment for Windsor, and so that court should have dismissed the appeal (just as we should dismiss) for lack of jurisdiction. Since both parties agreed with the judgment of the District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit should have ended there. The further proceedings have been a contrivance, having no object in mind except to elevate a District Court judgment that has no precedential effect in other courts, to one that has precedential effect throughout the Second Circuit, and then (in this Court) precedential effect throughout the United States.
 Instead of the President and Congress determining if same sex marriage should be legal, it was determined by the Supreme Court. The implications of this precedent are chilling. Should non-elected officials be deciding things for the people, especially when the implications will most likely be used as a way to limit religious freedom?

What seems like a victory for same-sex marriage advocates will turn into a frightening society. This decision is illuminating because it lays bare the foundation that our Western society is built on. Since most people do not believe in God (except for themselves), there are really only two possibilities nature and power. Power is frightening because it depends on the people who have power. Do we really want to live in a society where Hitler can be right? If it is not power then it is nature. It is wrong to kill someone else because it is contrary to nature.  Same sex marriages are also contrary to nature, since they do not produce offspring. It is clear that nature is not the foundation, which means power is.

The United States has hit the iceberg. It may seem small at the surface but it is more than enough to sink the ship. Same-sex marriage is the current issue of the day, but with power being the foundation of our societies it is only a matter of time before even more perverse things are legally allowed. Justice Scalia makes it clear that these same arguments can be used in just about any sexual preference.
DOMA’s This state law’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages constitutionally protected sexual relationships, see Lawrence, and make them unequal. The principal purpose is to impose inequality, not for other reasons like governmental efficiency. Responsibilities, as well as rights, enhance the dignity and integrity of the person. And DOMA this state law contrives to deprive some couples married under the laws of their State enjoying constitutionally protected sexual relationships, but not other couples, of both rights and responsibilities.” 
What's next? Let's see what the powerful decide.


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