Arguments began today before the Supreme Court for the Obergefell Vs. Hodges case. This was one of several court lawsuits over the past couple years challenging state measures in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee that defined Marriage between one man and one women. Each case had a different catalysts for the lawsuit. One related to adoption, another to recognizing their marriage in another state, etc. Federal District Courts listened to the arguments and struck down the state's measures as unconstitutional. The Michigan case of BeBoer v. Snyder went before the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Court in 2014 and a decision was handed down in the state's favor. This decision then reversed the other cases in favor of the states.
The Obergefell v. Hodges case was an Ohio lawsuit on behalf of Jim Obergefell and John Arthur seeking recognition of their marriage in Maryland on John's death certificate. Due to the 6th Circuit Court decision this case is now before the Supreme Court.
The central question of all these cases is whether it is unconstitutional to deny recognition and full rights to a homosexual couple as married or to be married as is given to a heterosexual marriage. Now I can share with you my thoughts but I will leave this to two men much wiser and eloquent of speech. I strongly encourage you to read what they have to say.
First, there is an excellent article by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. who serves as the president of the Southern Baptist Seminary. In it he gives an overview of the BeBoer v. Snyder case decision of the 6th Circuit Court. To read go HERE . . .
Second, is the actual majority opinion of the BeBoer v. Snyder case rulling written by judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the 6th Circuit Court. It is a lengthy read but I believe an essential one for you to fully understand and appreciate this week's case before the Supreme Court. You can open a PDF and read HERE. . . He gives clear understanding of the different cases and shares wisdom about how our Constitution is to approached and understood in light of these cases.
Third, I also suggest listening to the recorded arguments or reading the transcripts of the Obergefell v.. Hodges case that will be uploaded as they are ready. Go listen or read HERE. . .
Obviously these cases trigger a flood of emotion from both sides of the argument and this is why I believe it is of value for us as Christians to be knowledgeable as we discuss and speak with others about this case and subject.