The checks and balancers are intended to control the GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS that tend to usurp power over each other and over the people, not the people themselves. The Supreme Court has been usurping power over both the other branches of government and over the people for at least a century now.
It's not that there was no intent to keep majority rule within bounds too, but not to the extent we are seeing today and that you are apparently ap0proving.
quote:More broadly, the court noted that “Alison D.’s foundational premise of heterosexual parenting and nonrecognition of same-sex couples is unsustainable,” particularly in light of New York’s law allowing gay marriage, which was passed in 2011, and the United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last year granting same-sex couples the right to marry.
The majority of the people have NOT supported gay marriage at all. The court has been bullying them.
We know you like to make that claim and very likely even believe it is true but just like Young Earth or the Biblical floods or Special Creation it is simply your fantasy.
quote:Well, it’s about time.”
That, says Rev. Richard Gantenbein, is how the majority of his 300-member congregation has responded since Sunday morning, Aug. 14. That’s when Gantenbein – head pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church since 1982 – took the pulpit to affirm, publically, his personal support for marriage equality. He took the moment to proclaim St. Andrew as a safe haven for LGBTQ Christians, and for those believers struggling as their family members come out as gay or transgender.
“It’s what I’ve believed for a while now, after years of careful study of the scripture and a lot of serious reflection,” says Gantenbein. “I’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity to say it clearly and openly.”
Gantenbein’s view on same-sex marriage is now shared by a majority of American Presbyterian congregations, which voted in March of 2015 to amend the church constitution to define marriage as a covenant “between two people.” The decision freed Presbyterian ministers to conduct same-sex weddings, previously prohibited, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. In spite of the church-wide vote, the issue continues to generate vigorous debate among many Presbyterians, including opponents suggesting the denomination has caved in to cultural pressures, abandoning centuries of church tradition.
The checks and balancers are intended to control the GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS that tend to usurp power over the people, not the people themselves.
Yes, exactly correct. The Bill of Rights and some of the Amendments to the Constitution say some very specific things about what the government can and cannot do to citizens.
For example, it is unconstitutional for me and a bunch of people I convince to vote to take away religious people’s bibles and to stop all sales of bibles. If we won the election, we could not force the police or any other governmental agency to enforce the new law. It would be unconstitutional.
I cannot enforce a law that takes away the rights of law abiding citizens, just because I don't like them, or that bestows “special rights” on myself or my favorite bunch of people. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter in the United States of which laws enforceable under the constitution. They have many laws to consider each session and there are often large contentious groups supporters arguing for various positions regarding the law.
The framers and amenders of the U. S. Constitution have not always got things right and over the course of our history the court has been politicized.
When the court renders a decision, people being employed by “GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS”, in other words “PUBLIC EMPLOYEES” are required to perform the function of their position. “PUBLIC EMPLOYEES” are paid from taxes collected from everyone so they have no right to discriminate against law abiding citizens requesting service from “PUBLIC EMPLOYEES”.
You’re also wrong about this being ”treating other people decently and not being an asshole run amok”
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When they make an extreme minority "a little more free" against the will of the majority they are indeed usurping power over the people.
In the first place, the opponents of gay marriage are not in the majority.
Which apparently means that the rest of us are entitled to do what the fuck we like to you. You think it's unfair that gay people are happy, see how you like being thrown to the lions. Apparently in Faithworld that's constitutional.
As I understand it, it was her job to sign-off on marriage licenses for those who were legally entitled to such.
Gay were legally entitled to such.
She refused to sign-off on marriage licenses for gays.
She was not doing her job, and got sued as a result.
The law changed such that it was no longer her job to sign-off on said licenses.
She was no longer not doing her job, and the lawsuits got thrown out.
Moral of the story - If doing your job conflicts with your personal beliefs, either get your job description changed or get a different job.
I believe it's as simple as that.
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She got the job when she was not required to sign off on gay marriage licenses. I think it was even an elected position, wasn't it? She was well suited to its requirements and did a lot to improve the office according to her election promises. She had been a Christian for a few years when the gay marriage law came along, until which point there was no problem with her practicing her religion and holding that job, as in America there never should be. Seems rather nasty for the law to change things in a way that jeopardized her position in the middle of her holding it.
So changing the law that required her to sign off on gay marriage licenses seems like a fair enough compromise under the circumstances, but of course in a conflict between Christian faith and sin elevated to a right I'd much rather it was her faith that was protected as it always used to be. But we're headed for the Grand Finale so let it all hang out, hey?