Friday, June 26, 2015 | 5 comments

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide


Salt Lake City, UT (June 26, 2015) — In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion this morning, legalizing same-sex marriages throughout the nation, Libertas Institute president Connor Boyack issued the following response:

“Our LGBT friends have good reason to be happy today, but those concerned about our laws and legal structure have great cause for alarm. As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, ‘The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent… Just who do we think we are?’

“Today’s opinion—and let’s be clear, that’s all it is—provides an opportunity for lawmakers to reconsider their long-standing support for government intervention in such an important societal relationship. In the coming months, we will be encouraging elected officials to consider a proposal to repeal government licensure of marriage, allowing churches, notaries public, and others to privately officiate and sanction these unions.

“Despite what some lawyers think, there is no ‘fundamental right’ to a government permission slip. The long-standing violation of the sacred union of marriage—encouraged by those looking to shape society to match their vision—needs to be fixed.”

A similar proposal recently passed the Alabama State Senate 22-3, but the legislature adjourned before it was considered in the House. Libertas Institute is encouraging supporters to sign this petition.


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NinjaMike
NinjaMike

I cant open that link to the petition.

NinjaMike
NinjaMike

The page isn't redirecting properly

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nacilbupera
nacilbupera

When on the day in early 2016 the Utah Legislature grants medical cannabis to the state, will Connor Boyack issue a similar dour statement and remind us of the "great cause for alarm" in government issuing a permission slip to medicate ourselves and our families?

I sadly suspect at that day instead of equal treatment regarding two causes of liberty, those in government who rule in favor of medical cannabis liberty will be revered.

-- Steve Reid, Provo

cboyack
cboyack moderator

@nacilbupera Living together with another person, homosexual or otherwise, is not criminalized—but ingesting cannabis is. One is increasingly regulated an unregulated activity, the other is (sadly, though regulation) providing more freedom than now exists.

nacilbupera
nacilbupera

@cboyack Prior to today, proclaiming a religiously-performed gay marriage legal in Ohio was criminalized.  (Simple cohabitation, as you point out, was not criminal.) To assert that legal gay marriage was an "unregulated activity" does not square with me:  it was prohibited.  Thus for me, today's ruling is an expansion of liberty and I wholeheartedly offer my congratulations to people in the movement like Utah's Derek Kitchen and thousands of others.

Still, I am grateful for your response, Connor and we both agree on the core principles we can work towards:  divesting government from issuing both marriage and cannabis licenses in favor of liberty through decriminalization.



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