Loading
Supreme Court halts marriage redefinition in Virginia
U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Supreme Court.
By Matt Hadro
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex “marriage” licenses in Virginia on Wednesday after a federal appeals court struck down the state’s marriage defense amendment in July.

“The Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the high court has a chance to decide the issue,” stated Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione. The group represented the defense of the marriage amendment in court.

After the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the amendment and refused to grant a stay on the issuing of same-sex “marriage” licenses in the state, the Prince William County Clerk petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on the decision. The licenses could have been granted as soon as Thursday morning.

The current state amendment defines marriage as between a man and a woman and forbids the state from creating any other union that “approximates” marriage or that has “rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects” of marriage. It passed with 57 percent of the vote in 2006.

“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,” Babione said. “The Supreme Court is making clear, as it already did in the Utah marriage case, that it believes a dignified process is better than disorder.”

Other supporters of the state’s marriage amendment were pleased with the decision. The Virginia Catholic Conference, which had filed an amicus brief in the case, said the court showed it was “consistent.”

“It’s consistent with the way the Utah case was handled, and it also certainly promotes an orderly resolution of the issue and avoids the uncertainty that would have resulted if same-sex couples had been allowed to start obtaining marriage licenses tomorrow,” executive director Jeff Caruso told CNA.

The National Organization for Marriage also weighed in with praise. “This is another indication that the rush to judgment declaring marriage to be unconstitutional is not only premature, but incorrect,” president Brian Brown stated.

The author of the marriage amendment, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, also supported the court’s decision.

“The refusal of the Supreme Court to be pressured by the Fourth Circuit judges into a decision that would make it difficult for them to uphold the Virginia Marriage Amendment approved by 1.3 million Virginians is to be commended,” he stated.

Marshall said the decision underlines how “arrogant” the appeals court justices were in their “bizarre” ruling.

“They didn’t cite anything, they didn’t define marriage, they didn’t go through the history of the Fourteenth Amendment,” he said of the justices. “That’s why I said it was arrogant hubris for them to do that.”

The supporters voiced hope that the Supreme Court will take up the case.

“Hopefully in the end the U.S. Supreme Court will recognize that states have the proper authority to define marriage and to affirm the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Caruso said.

“We look forward to the US Supreme Court taking one or more of the three marriage cases now pending before them, and ultimately ruling that defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is entirely constitutional,” Brown stated.

Tags: Gay Marriage, Marriage, Redefining Marriage

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
21

Liturgical Calendar

October 21, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:35-38

Gospel
Date
10/21/14
10/20/14
10/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 2: 12-22
Gospel:: Lk 12: 35-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/21/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:35-38

Homily
Date
10/21/14
10/20/14
10/19/14