The United States Supreme Court’s June 26th decision concerning Proposition 8 in California changed nothing about right and wrong, about what is and is not marriage before God. With a vote of five-to-four, the Supreme Court voted to avoid making any decision on Proposition 8. Those five decided that the supporters who had come before them were not qualified to represent the defense of that proposition.
I agree with the statement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.
What the Supreme Court probably failed to realize is this: With so many groups and portions of so many societies redefining “marriage,” what word will we have for the husband-wife relationship? Is that foundational relationship not worthy of a name? Far be it! We will need to find another name that designates the formal union between a man and a woman.