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America’s Moral Morass

Binyamin Rose

The Supreme Court has vacated Washington for its summer recess, but not before turning the time-honored definition of marriage on its head.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

America’s moral majority has been legally vanquished. The Supreme Court, in a slim 5–4 opinion, delivered the hammer blow last week by ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges that same-gender marriage is protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, originally passed in 1868 to grant equality to freed slaves after the Civil War, and that states must now license such unions. The handwriting for such a ruling has been on the wall since Massachusetts became the first state to confer such a right in 2003. Thirty-five states followed suit, while the 13 states that barred such marriages faced an ongoing barrage of legal challenges, all the while losing ground in the court of public opinion. A Pew Research Poll published in the second week of June showed 57% of Americans favoring same-gender marriage, with just 39% opposed. Some 72% said that legalization was “inevitable.” “Very often, the law will follow the trajectory of the social climate,” says Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America. The Agudah filed an amicus curiae (friends of the court) brief on behalf of the defendants in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case, and, along with a host of other religious groups, expressed severe disappointment with the outcome. “The issue of fighting the acceptance of same-gender marriage, and its accompanying lifestyle, is a battle that has been lost in popular culture and a variety of other contexts that made this ruling almost inevitable,”RabbiZwiebel added. “The issue was legitimized through popular culture and became part of what mainstream America, and younger Americans, in particular, came to take for granted.” The lobby, now known as the LGBT movement, has been pushing for equality for their lifestyle ever since June 29, 1969, when same-gender patrons of New York City’s Stonewall pub physically fought off a police raid, sparking a new nationwide movement that over the next half century eroded America’s Judeo-Christian ethic, and lorded 14th Amendment rights over the Bible, contending marriage was purely a legal arrangement, and not a spiritual bond between husband and wife.

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