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Perkins: SCOTUS 'Is Not Going to Settle' Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Publius · Apr. 27, 2015

This week, the highly contentious debate over same-sex “marriage” will be heard by the Supreme Court, which many anticipate will rule against the sanctity of marriage. Speaking with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins reminds us that SCOTUS isn’t commissioned to create public policy, which it did in Roe v. Wade, and another ruling against traditional social norms will further ostracize Christians.

“The court is not going to settle this issue. In fact I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this. The courts are decided to interpret the constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not create public policy. When they do that they create division and they erect barriers to reach a consensus on public policy like this. So, no, we stand with millennia of experience that the union of a man and a woman, the sacred union of marriage is the cornerstone of society. That’s where kids learn to become citizens. …

This is not about the marriage alter, this is about fundamentally altering the culture. Just on Friday a bakery in Oregon was fined $135,000 for not refusing to serve gay people but simply saying, we cannot participate in a same-sex wedding because it violates our Christian faith. $135,000. Within hours about $100,000 was raised for this couple until gay activists demanded that Go Fund Me take down their site. …

"The nation really is evenly divided. And the narrative 37 states, that works for those who want to say the consensus is on the side of redefinition. But you have to realize only voters in three of those states actually voted to allow the redefinition of marriage. And the vast majority of the others it’s been imposed on them by the courts. And for those that would say there’s a global consensus, that’s not true either. Only 17 of the 193 member states of the United Nations have redefined a marriage, and only one, Brazil, is the only nation that’s allowed it to be done by the courts. The court will only super charge this issue as they did Roe V. Wade. …

"In our system of government, the courts are not the final say on issues. And for the court to decide when something like this impose it on the nation, which the polling, even CBS’s own polling says the majority of Americans are opposed to the idea that the Supreme Court would impose this on the nation. They think it’s best left to the states. That’s how we come to a consensus in this country. As abortion remains an issue 42 years later in every election from president on down, it will continue to be an issue.”

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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