In the last couple of days we have seen a flurry of news articles covering the historical and precedent-setting decision by the California State Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Just take a look at some of the headlines that have hit the airwaves.
From the Alliance Defense Fund, “California High Court Upholds Proposition 8 Marriage Amendment.”
From Christianity Today online, “California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8.”
From Citizenlink, a ministry of Focus on the Family, “California Supreme Court upholds Marriage-Protection Amendment.”
And finally, from World Net Daily, “California Justices Say Marriage is 1-Man, 1-Woman.”
But despite this victory for traditional values and the morals which helped to shape this great country of ours, is concern. For me the first concern is a long forgotten one that the media has never had much interest in. The fact that Proposition 8 even had to be birthed as a response to the reprehensible judicial activism of the California Supreme Court when they ignored the previously voiced will of the people and trampled over California’s DOMA law to single handedly allow same-sex marriage without so much as asking the voters of California.
Regardless of your position on this heavily debated topic, it should outrage every voting citizen of the United States to think that a single court would ignore the will of its constituents and legislate from the bench a decision that the majority of voters did not agree with. I would go so far as to say that the California’s Supreme Court did not want to uphold Proposition 8 but did so purely to regain the favor of the people who will be voting for them very soon. It most likely had nothing to do with upholding the state and federal constitution; it was just a tactic to save face.
Another concern is the susceptibility of every other state with a DOMA law to the judicial whims of activist judges that have forgotten the people they serve. Thinking of my home state of West Virginia, where just a couple of short months ago two lawmakers effectively denied the entire state from voting on a constitutional amendment to define marriage permanently. In a state where well over 70% of residents believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and would like the chance to voice their beliefs for themselves, two lawmakers decided that they would not give the voters that right.
So what’s next? Do we now begin to see judges across this land overturn the DOMA law’s and make the decision for the people instead of allowing the people to vote for themselves? Why exactly are the lawmakers in West Virginia and other states afraid to let the people vote? Could it be that the outcome we saw last November in California, Arizona and Florida was not a fluke, but an accurate representation of the majority of this country? Could it be that lawmakers know that the majority of this country believes in traditional marriage and they would rather ignore the majority and cater to the minority?
One thing is for sure, now is not the time to sit idly by and bask in whatever faint glimmer of hope that comes out of this decision. Marriage is still under attack. We must hold our lawmakers accountable for their decisions. We must continue to speak out and let our voices be heard regarding these tough issues.
I know two West Virginia lawmakers that won’t be getting my vote in the next election.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.