Will Ministers in Michigan be forced to marry same sex couples?
According to Devin Schindler, a professor for Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School who specializes in constitutional law, the answer is no.
I do not know if I would be so bold to make this prediction knowing now that this Supreme Court does not following the constitution all the time and words as written no longer have meaning to this court.
It is being reported in Mlive.com that Professor Schindler stated the following: "As of today, there are no laws in the state of Michigan requiring a minister to marry somebody they don't want to marry."
To further bolster his prediction Professor Schindler went on to say that religious freedoms under the U.S. Constitution allow churches to set rules for their membership and practices.
I believe that will soon be challenged and when it goes in front of this Supreme Court those protections’ will be dismissed.
As the article stated, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Justice who wrote the majority opinion for the Supreme Court case, directly addressed that question in the court's ruling.
"Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered."
I am sad to say I no longer have faith in this Supreme Court. They have proven that they no longer deserve our respect. Not because of the decisions they made, but how they went about making them.
When the words as written no longer mean what they mean and it only takes 5 lawyers to decide what they mean, how can anyone of respect have faith in the court?
Remember President Clinton saying “It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is”? Now the Supreme Court is saying the same thing.
How can we rely on law if the law means whatever lawyer is sitting as a judge?
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