Briefs: Marriage Battle Update, the Boy Scouts, and Prayer

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decisions in two pivotal marriage cases in June, and there are two key points from the rulings that pro-family citizens can celebrate: the high court did NOT legalize same-sex “marriage” nationwide, and it did NOT strike down California’s marriage amendment. Despite this good news, the Supreme Court handed marriage redefinition proponents a partial victory in its decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, and in its refusal to recognize the rights of millions of California voters by finding that the proponents of Proposition 8, the state’s marriage amendment, did not have standing to defend it in federal court. While both sides of the marriage debate differ in their interpretations of the implications of the high court’s decisions, what is certain is that the battle for the institution of marriage is far from over and will continue to play out at all levels.


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