Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage is Constitutional Right, Usurps Power from the People Again

In another truly stunning opinion from the Supreme Court, the right for homosexual couples to marry has been declared as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, instantly striking down laws in 14 states that defined marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.

This issue has created a tremendous divide across the American landscape, including within conservatism. Many have argued, and reasonably so, that because marriage has always been understood as an institution that includes heterosexual couples only, the definition of marriage should not be redefined to include people of the same sex. Homosexual couples have argued that the Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law, thus all people, regardless of gender orientation, should have the ability to get legally married.

The Supreme Court today, once and for all, settled the matter in favor of those supporting homosexual marriage as a constitutional right, and the reasons for doing so are obvious.

However, such a decision is a grave error (and this is coming from someone who adamantly supports gay rights). The primary problem with this issue is that it wrongly assumes government should be involved in the marriage business at all. It shouldn’t. There is nothing quite as personal as getting married, and yet the government feels compelled to insert itself in our personal relationships in order to tell us what it considers to be valid and invalid marriage. What a ridiculous and insulting notion. Government control of marriage has done nothing but take the rights away from others: African Americans used to be forbidden from marrying white people in many states. Polygamy is still forbidden in every state in America.

The reality is that the only reason government marriage exists is because it saw an opportunity to increase taxes and have greater control over what has always been a private relationship between people.

The government should not be in the business of permitting or forbidding marriage, and if the conservative movement had adopted this position long ago, the ruling today from the Supreme Court would never have happened.

With that said, it has happened, and there is no way to reverse it.

While I don’t personally care what people do in their own bedrooms, I do care very much about the Constitution and the authority of government. The real issue today, similar to yesterday’s decision, is not whether gay marriage should be permitted or not; it’s whether the government should have more power over our lives or not. By affirming the government has the power and authority to determine who can get married and who cannot, the Supreme Court has once again ripped the rights of the people away from where it belongs and placed it into the hands of a select group of people who, using questionable legal principles at best, have determined the entire world should exist as the justices see fit.

The Supreme Court doesn’t care about the rule of law or about the rights of individuals to determine for themselves what the law means. After this week, nothing could be clearer.