Earlier today, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that homosexual couples have a constitutional right to marry. More specifically, the Court decided that states do not have the authority to make their own laws on this matter.
I would really like to write a detailed analysis of this news but I just don’t have the energy. This debate has become tiresome on so many levels and, quite frankly, there remains nothing left to be said. So in the interest of responding to the news, I will offer the briefest analysis on the internet.
- Constitutionally, there is absolutely no justification for the Supreme Court striking down state-level laws on marriage. This is so utterly clear in the Constitution that it seems amazing that the Supreme Court justices didn’t reach this conclusion. Then again, Supreme Court justices are political appointees who care more about agendas than they do upholding the written law. Or maybe their copies of the Constitution don’t include the Tenth Amendment. Either way, the fact remains that the only constitutionally correct decision was to allow the states to determine these matters for themselves.
- One of the first thoughts I had when the decision was released was, “At what point will conservative Christians realize that the government is not their friend?” There has been so much focus in the conservative community on the legislative and judicial battles over homosexual marriage that conservatives have been totally opposed to the idea that maybe the political sphere isn’t where this question should be decided. In their zeal to legally enforce their idea of marriage, conservatives are now facing the prospect of having someone else’s definition of it forced on them. This is why I recently wrote that Christians need to become libertarians – immediately.
- Ultimately, for Christians I truly believe that the Supreme Court’s decision doesn’t change a thing. Certainly, it is an indication of a culture that holds traditional morality in contempt, but it doesn’t mean that we live in any more of a fallen world than we did yesterday. What the world around us needs more than anything – more than laws prescribing morality, more than judgment and condemnation – is a body of Christians that understand that immorality reflects the need for salvation from a loving Savior. The legality of immorality is ultimately immaterial to the underlying issue. Morality is evidence of a heart conformed to the will of God. If American Christians truly want to change our culture, we will focus less on laws and more on hearts.
These are all points that I, and others, have made before – and anyone surprised by the decision today hasn’t been paying attention. There are many aspects of the ruling that I don’t agree with. But as a libertarian Christian, I truly believe that Christ and liberty (in that order) are the solutions to the angst that fills the air – on this and all issues.