The SCOTUS Decision on Gay Marriage, Part II

The Puritan Returnee

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesIn my last posting, I summarized the majority and dissenting views in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges; I want to share some preliminary analysis and thoughts as to what this means for us as Christians, both individually and corporately.

My Analysis of the Case

The bottom line is that I agree with the dissenting opinions on the case, but there are some additional things about the majority’s reasoning that I find unusual and concerning. First and foremost is the justification of the decision on the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. Since the issue before the courts was the whether a state was obligated to honor a same-sex marriage contracted outside of the state, the matter could have been addressed by the Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV, section I in the Constitution. That passage reads,

“Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the…

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