Skip to comments.Obama-appointed judge: Same-sex marriage like interracial, ‘deeply rooted in nation’s history
Posted on 12/22/2013 11:28:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
An Obama appointee to the federal bench ruled Friday that the right to same-sex marriage is deeply rooted in the nations history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty, and as such is a fundamental right.
Judge Robert J. Shelby was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of Utah in 2012 by President Obama, then confirmed by a Senate voice vote on Sept. 21, 2012, with neither debate nor objection, according to CNS News.
A federal district court is a court of original jurisdiction, but if its opinions are left unchallenged, they become the law for that district. Read the judges opinion here.
To establish a new fundamental right, the court must determine that the right is deeply rooted in this Nations history and tradition and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty, such that neither liberty nor justice would exist if [it] were sacrificed, he wrote.
Shelby then applied the rule to same-sex marriage:
Because same-sex marriage has only recently been allowed by a number of states, the State argues that an individuals right to marry someone of the same sex cannot be a fundamental right. But the Supreme Court did not adopt this line of reasoning in the analogous case of Loving v. Virginia. Instead of declaring a new right to interracial marriage, the Court held that individuals could not be restricted from exercising their existing right to marry on account of the race of their chosen partner. Similarly, the Plaintiffs here do not seek a new right to same-sex marriage, but instead ask the court to hold that the State cannot prohibit them from exercising their existing right to marry on account of the sex of their chosen partner.
The court attempted to liken interracial marriage to same-sex marriage.
The alleged right to same-sex marriage that the State claims the Plaintiffs are seeking is simply the same right that is currently enjoyed by heterosexual individuals: the right to make a public commitment to form an exclusive relationship and create a family with a partner with whom the person shares an intimate and sustaining emotional bond, Shelby wrote.
This right is deeply rooted in the nations history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty because it protects an individuals ability to make deeply personal choices about love and family free from government interference.
And, as discussed above, this right is enjoyed by all individuals. If the right to same-sex marriage were a new right, then it should make new protections and benefits available to all citizens. But heterosexual individuals are as likely to exercise their purported right to same-sex marriage as gay men and lesbians are to exercise their purported right to opposite-sex marriage. Both same-sex and opposite-sex marriage are therefore simply manifestations of one rightthe right to marryapplied to people with different sexual identities.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushed through a Senate vote last month killing the filibuster rule when approving executive appointments. Three Democrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Carl Levin of Michigan opposed the change, as did every single GOP senator, according to USA Today.
It will now be much easier for the president to remake the judicial branch into his own likeness. So expect more senseless rulings like Shelbys.
This stupidity is never going to end is it?
Not likely. It can be abated to a significant degree, but I don’t think those opposed to the pushing of the liberal agenda are willing to take the necessary steps.
The soul-corruption runs deep.
Once you’ve lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, up from down, the simple text of a law or constitution loses its meaning as well.
There is no rule of law separate from the moral foundation it must rest upon.
I was looking for the John Semmens byline.
The irony is lost on this stupid bastard.
This stupidity is never going to end is it?
Actually, Wanderer99, there are two obvious scenarios for its end:
1.) All pretence of the rule of law comes to a screeching halt, and the feral government reigns supreme.
2.) We, the people declare independence from the oligarchy now in charge of America, reestablish the original Constitution, and get on with our lives.
“An Obama appointee to the federal bench ruled Friday that the right to same-sex marriage is deeply rooted in the nations history”.....
No need to wonder why this country has been so screwed up when a seven year old can tell you that judge is stupid.
Those that actually believe in GOD know that it will end and we know how it will end. No man knows when.
No, it's only deeply rooted in his anus.
No amount of indoctrination can overcome the "gag instinct" that comes naturally following this statement.
Therein lies the problem for the democrats with this whole farcical argument.
Some people believe it is a sin. Sorry.
The list is long.
“This right is deeply rooted in the nations history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty because it protects an individuals ability to make deeply personal choices about love and family free from government interference.”
Since the judge seems to depend on this “logic” as a core underpinning of his decision, can that be attacked in an appeal?
Its fairly obvious that homosexuality was never a thought to the founders nor in their wildest dreams a right.
Also, the fact that there are marriage laws at all IS a government interference...Should we just not have any laws about it, then?
Wasn’t homosexuality a hanging offense at the time the Constitution was write? Didn’t it remain so until the 1940’s when it was deemed a mental illness? So how can a behavior that has been practiced by criminals and crazies have deep roots in tradition in any beneficial way?
I’m guesssing here that the Constitution of the United States of America never came into play in determining whether the law was Constitutional.
What is deeply rooted in America is the utter stupidity and ignorance of most federal judges.
Liberals cannot be trusted with power. They have no concept of restraint. They will abuse it every time.
I've said before on this website, and I'm beginning to think I can git 'r done now - I'm going to find a cat that some crazy cat lady left $10 million to, and "ask the court to hold that the State cannot prohibit them from exercising their existing right to marry on account of the
sex species of their chosen partner".
Who are you to question my love?
I am quite sure that the cat will be struck with a sudden illness and I will be a rich, broken hearted survivor of the world's first inter species marriage. I will be a pioneer, and will have done well by doing good, as liberals always say. Note that I only changed one word in the article's language.
Reductio ad absurdum (fancy language for /sarc)
Why is this judge not walking down an isolated road dressed in nothing but tar and feathers!
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