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June 15, 2005

New Jersey court side with traditional marriage

From the Baptist Press:

A New Jersey appeals court panel refused June 14 to strike down the state's laws banning "gay marriage," setting up a much-anticipated appeal to the state Supreme Court -- one of the most liberal high courts in the nation.

The 2-1 ruling gave pro-family groups a victory in the case, although it could be short-lived if the New Jersey Supreme Court eventually legalizes "gay marriage." The homosexual activist group Lambda Legal immediately announced it was appealing to the state high court.

The New Jersey Supreme Court has sided with homosexual activists before. In 1999 it ruled that the Boy Scouts could not prevent homosexuals from becoming troop leaders -- a decision that eventually was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

I would say there's good and bad in this. The good news is they made the right decision. The bad news is, based on their history, it looks like they made the decision for political reasons — to avoid further demands for a Federal Marriage Amendment. The good news is that Activist Judges are waking up the to fact that people won't tolerate their abuses. The bad news is, people tend to have short memories and once the public outrage at Activist Judges has died down, these judges would be right back to their old tricks. The good news is Liberals like these Judges tend to be too stupid to plan ahead like that, and will more than likely go back to legislating from the bench long before people have calmed down.

I guess it's one of those “glass is half-empty/half-full” kinda things.

Coverage: Volokh

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 15, 2005 07:04 AM

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