Same sex “marriage” is finally denied by a court! A “couple” from Iowa moved to Tennessee and tried to convince the courts that the state must redefine marriages as two “persons” rather than as a man and woman.
According to the SCOTUS blog,
For the first time in nearly fourteen months, a state’s ban on same-sex marriage has withstood a constitutional challenge in court. A state judge in Tennessee ruled last week that “neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state’s responsibility.” The decision, issued last Tuesday, has just become available in electronic format.
Roane County Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., of Kingston ruled in a case of two gay men who were married four years ago in Iowa and are now seeking a divorce in their home state of Tennessee. Unlike every other court ruling — federal or state — since the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor in June 2013, the judge rejected the idea that the Windsor decision undercut state authority to ban same-sex marriages.
This is an excellent ruling but it is hard to say how long it will last. Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage is already in danger of being overturned.
The constitutionality of the non-recognition part of the Tennessee ban is being reviewed now by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. That was included among cases heard last week by a three-judge panel.
I remember a phrase from the conservative Presbyterian theologian Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield when asked if doctrinal controversy between orthodoxy and “modernism” would result in a church split. His reply: “You can’t split rotten wood.”
I can’t help think that the same is true of this nation. We are rotten wood. We have judges embedded at all level of the state and federal courts who are just waiting for an opportunity to mandate that marriage be redefined as generic “persons” rather than as a man and woman. Furthermore, we have many ready to destroy the First Amendment in order to force compliance with homosexual mythology. Add to that a sizeable group that is devoted to hounding any Christian out of a job.