Conjugality: Reconsidering SCOTUS authority to mandate same-sex marriage

Posted By on June 28, 2015

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[Editor’s Note: Published a month ago in preparation for the SCOTUS ruling]

We know that some of you have grown weary of reading articles about homosexual issues. Yet, these issues cannot be ignored.  Please look for these articles as they are published.  These articles will be structured to inform about the issues which each American must think through to develop his own position, including:

* Does the Fourteenth Amendment Really Mandate Homosexual Marriage?

* Must a Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court be Obeyed as the Supreme Law of the Land?

* Does Romans 13 Require that Christians Yield to a Decision Mandating Same-Sex Marriage?

* Why Were Biblical, Moral, and Religious Arguments Ignored By the Parties Arguing to the U.S. Supreme Court?

* Have the Federal Judges Deciding in Favor of a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage Cases Truly Behaved Judicially?

* What Would Be the Consequences of Mandating Same-Sex Marriage for the Church and Christian Organizations?

* What Would Be the Consequences of Mandating Same-Sex Marriage for the Traditional Family?

* How Should Governors, Attorneys General, State Legislatures, and Other State Officers Respond to a Decision to Mandate Same-Sex Marriage?

* Could Congress Respond to a Decision Mandating Same-Sex Marriage by use of the U.S. Constitution’s “Good Behavior” Clause?

* Could Congress Respond to a Decision Mandating Same-Sex Marriage by Using its Power to Limit the Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts?

* How Could Congress Respond to a Decision Mandating Same-Sex Marriage using its Appropriation Power to Prohibit the Expenditure of Funds to Implement the Decision at the National Level?

* How Should U.S. Citizens Respond to a Decision Mandating Same-Sex Marriage in their various roles as members of grand juries, members of petit juries, taxpayers, and voters?

Although many of us find it increasingly difficult to recognize the nation that we grew up in, we can draw strength from the fact that we still live in a Constitutional Republic, and that our government still operates largely by the “consent of the governed.”  And, as Americans, we have the right to determine to withhold our consent from the actions of government officials —if we believe those actions to be lawless.  Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court will do, we are each accountable for how we respond.  Voltaire counseled “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”  Therefore, there could be personal consequences to each person who chooses the route of resistance, but ultimately each of us is responsible to God, not just to man.

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