You would think that after the Supreme Court effectively gave the go-ahead to homosexual marriage in up to 30 states, that there would be more of a reaction from the Republican Party.
Unfortunately, the leadership of the GOP is once again showing how out of touch it is with mainstream values.
One of the few prominent Republicans even acknowledging the court’s de facto ruling is Sen. Ted Cruz, who is looking and sounding more like presidential material with each passing week.
Cruz was rightly appalled that a bunch of unelected justices, simply by virtue of declining to hear five cases, could overturn a bedrock tradition that has provided the solid foundation of this country for centuries.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,” he said. “… The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.”
The word from Cruz’s camp is that when Congress reconvenes after the elections, he will propose a constitutional amendment that would protect state decisions against federal court interference.
The actual text remains to be written, but the idea behind the proposal is long overdue.
For too long, Americans have suffered the decisions of black-robed tyrants who are unanswerable for their judicial activism and illegal legislating from the bench.
While I would like to see an amendment flat-out declaring that traditional one man-one woman marriage is the only model acceptable, that would be extremely unlikely to pass in the current political climate.
But if Cruz sticks to the issue of states’ authority to make their own decisions, that could have a chance of passing and, depending on how it is worded, could be much farther reaching in its effect than just marriage.
The federal government is far too big for its own britches. It sticks its nose into everything, on virtually every level, from the broadest moral issues to local procedural minutiae.
It’s high time that this country’s states reassert their authority, and an amendment taking back some rights for the states could be a way to do it.
“Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society,” Cruz said. “We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.”