Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Government Explodes, Society Breaks Down

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Government Explodes, Society Breaks Down

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Byline: Star Parker

More unsettling than the U.S. Supreme Court's decision directing states to recognize same-sex marriage is the reasoning that went into the decision.

It would be nice to believe that the men and women who wear black robes and occupy seats on America's highest court are serious and wise.

Unfortunately, the real thought leaders of America are in Hollywood, and our Supreme Court, save three conservatives, is just a ship that rides the wave of public opinion.

When I read Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which defines our judicial branch, I see nothing that says it's the job of judges to explain to the American people why institutions like marriage, which have been defined and long preceded our nation, exist and what they mean.

We actually have a source that defines marriage for us.


In the Book of Genesis, the first of the five biblical books that form the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition that has guided Western civilization, it says that God created woman from man - and that "a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh."

So with all the to-do on this issue, the choice before our nation has been simple and clear. Is marriage defined by the Bible or by Justice Kennedy? Now we have the answer: Justice Kennedy.

Does it matter?

Let's grasp the whole picture. Although many note the quickness of the change in public opinion on marriage, this is really a process that has been going on for many years.

Perhaps we might start in 1962 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer in school is unconstitutional. Another milestone was in 1973 when the court discovered a right in our Constitution for women to destroy their unborn children.

It has been a long but not so winding road as the moral fiber of our nation has come apart. …

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