Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/20/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Decision follows slew of marriage cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to delay the implementation of an appeals court ruling which struck down the expressed will of the voters of the State of Virginia that marriage is capable only between one man and one woman.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a U.S. Circuit court ruling, redefining the institution of marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a U.S. Circuit court ruling, redefining the institution of marriage.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/20/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: US, Legal, Politics, Faith, marriage, family, gay, lesbian, culture


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The highest court in the nation, the US Supreme Court,  issued the stay after a county clerk in northern Virginia requested it. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected the Virginia constitutional amendment which clarified that marriage is solely possible between one man and one woman.

If the stay had not been granted, homosexual and lesbian couples would have been able to be civilly married in Virginia as early as August 21st. In addition, if the lower court's ruling had held, the state would also have had to recognize homosexual and lesbian partnerships as marriages in Virginia if they had come from a State which has changed the definition of marriage.

You can be a light in the darkness with "prayer and action."


This decision echoes a previous order in January that put a halt to the compelled judicial recognition of same-sex unions in Utah, and most other federal court decisions which have altered the definition of marriage as solely between one man and one woman.

Many States, by Court decision, have altered the definition of marriage. In effect they have manufactured a new form of civil marriage for men who choose to call their relationship with another man a marriage - and for women who choose to call their relationship with other women a marriage. In such States, civil marriage applications no longer even use the words "bride and groom". Instead, they have substituted "spouse 1" and "spouse 2".

Byron Babione, a senior counsel for the Public Interest Law Firm, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF),  based in Arizona, said that with these rulings the Supreme Court is making it clear that it "believes a dignified process is better than disorder." ADF is one of a myriad of legal groups fighting to defend marriage as solely between one man and one woman by defending the rights of the people within a State to make the decision. "Virginians deserve an orderly and fair resolution to the question of whether they will remain free to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws," he said.

Some who support the homosexual equivalency movement were disappointed; angrily saying that gay and lesbian couples have waited long enough to marry. "Loving couples-and families-should not have to endure yet another standstill before their commitment to one another is recognized here in Virginia," said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, a group which opposes marriage as between one man and one woman and fights to change the definition of marriage and restructure the culture through such a redefinition.

This struggle has positioned the Catholic Church, most other classical, biblical and creedal Christians, faithful Jews and many other defenders of marriage as solely possible between one man and one woman against a rising tide of homosexual equivalency activists who seek to compel a change in the definition of marriage.

Civil institutions did not create marriage, nor can they create a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family.

Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for the family, and the family forms the foundation of civil society.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. 

The Williams Institute at UCLA's School of Law claims that as many as 7,100 same-sex couples could get married within three years of a law change in Virginia. That's based on 2010 Census figures showing that Virginia had more than 14,000 same-sex couples, as well as past experience with Massachusetts after it legalized gay marriage.

Such a prediction is opposed by many other groups and institutions.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More U.S.

Cardinal Egan, hero of 9/11, dies at 82 Watch

Image of Cardinal Egan was a heroic man who spoke the truth, no matter what the consequences. May he rest in peace.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cardinal Egan of New York has died. Egan, 82, passed away yesterday afternoon in New York as a result of cardiac arrest. Cardinal Egan is well regarded in New York, particularly after his work in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


On the Growing Calls to Put the Death Penalty to Death and the Right to Life Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith Fournier

I applaud the joint editorial of America magazine, the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor, in standing together in opposition to the death penalty. How about another editorial from the four, opened up to many more ... continue reading


FEDS VS. THE STATE: Who will win in Alabama standoff? Watch

Image of Some civil rights marchers have rejected any comparison between the quest to redefine marriage as a genderless union and the quest by black Americans to obtain their full civil rights.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Homosexual equivalency advocates liken Alabama's defiance of federal authorities on same sex marriage to a similar stance during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing ... continue reading


Remembering Father Alfred Kunz: A Murder Unsolved Watch

Image of I try not to think of how his life ended any more. Rather, I try to remember how he lived. That is because, as a Catholic, I realize how short our lives are. We all will come to an end...sooner or later. What really matters is what we do, in keeping with God's plan, while we are here on this planet. Father Alfred Kunz knew that. He knew why he was here on earth and he made an eternal difference.

By Matt C. Abbott

In the early morning of March 4, 1998, Father Alfred Kunz, a priest and canon lawyer of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., was found brutally murdered in his parish school, St. Michael's, in Dane, Wis. His throat had been slashed. To date-17 years later-the murder ... continue reading


Saved by a sea lion! Suicide leaper from San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge loves to counsel others Watch

Image of Kevin Hines later spoke to a man who had been on the bridge that day. The man informed him that the underwater creature was not a shark - but a sea lion.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Hines was at one time a suicidal teenager who battled mental illness. It first dawned on him that his life served some sort of purpose when in one of his several suicide attempts, he threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge in San ... continue reading


PM Netanyahu's Clarion Call Watch

Image of Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, President Obama, his staff, and many Democrats in Congress boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speech.

By Adele M. Gill

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, as President Obama, his staff, and many Democrats in Congress boycotted his speech, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu sounded a trumpet, a clarion call, for World peace. The message he delivered was cogent and clear: Peace and unity for all ... continue reading


Standing ground: Alabama Supreme Court halts same sex marriages Watch

Image of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has issued opinions saying the probate judges didn't have to heed the federal court rulings to marry gay couples, appeared to be absent from the decision. His name was neither in the concur or dissent portion of the order.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The State of Alabama remains adamantly opposed to same sex marriages. The Supreme Court of Alabama has since ordered all the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The decision is just the latest in a growing legal battle ... continue reading


WHY has heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. quadrupled over the past 15 years? Watch

Image of Heroin overdose death most rapidly in the Midwest, the report said. No explanation was given from the report.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Once considered the lowest a person could fall, heroin deaths and addiction have quadrupled over the past 15 years. Death rates from heroin overdoses have nearly quadrupled since 2000 to reach 2.7 per 100,000 people in 2013. The National Center for Health ... continue reading


Has Obama destroyed 60 years of friendship? U.S.-Israeli relations frayed after dismissive comments from President Obama Watch

Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint session of Congress on March 3.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In his dramatic, and controversial, speech before the U.S. Congress, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the proposed agreement between the U.S. and Iran was "a bad deal" which would not hinder Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


What is she hiding? Hillary Clinton refused to use government email address while Secretary of State Watch

Image of Hillary Clinton did not use an official government email address while she was Secretary of State, potentially violating a law regarding open and free access to official documents.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have shot herself in the foot; it has been revealed that as Secretary of State, Clinton used a personal email address for official government business, which may be a crime. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
33 'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 6th, 2015 Image

St. Colette
March 6: Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter