2014-09-28 – Activists on both side of the gay marriage debate are anticipating big changes from the US Supreme Court in its new term that begins this week. On the docket are appeals from Circuit Court decisions in 10 states that ruled that bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional. The Supreme Court will have to hear those cases or the lower court rulings will become final in those 10 state.
Should the Supreme Court decide to hear one or more of these cases, few expect that the court will reject a constitutional right to marriage outright as these decisions are all based on the Supreme Courts own recent decision in US v. Windsor, which found the prohibition of federal recognition of gay marriages in the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. Pro-gay-marriage activists hope for a clear holding in favor of gay marriage. Antis are hoping for an inconclusive result at best.
Because of their bleak prospects in the courts, anti-gay-marriage activist are preparing legislative action at the state level that they believe could achieve their objectives following another path. Maggie Harrumph, president of the Purity Under the Covers Alliance believes an information campaign with be their best bet.
“We believe that individuals seeking gay marriage are misguided,” said Harrumph. “We believe that, if they truly knew what they are getting into, they would turn away from sin. It may seem radical, but we are proposing to require all marriage license applicants to view a short film showing both straight sex and gay sex. We believe that once people see the difference, they won’t want any part of gay marriage. It’s just a matter of information.”
“These are real, live people,” continued Harrumph. “And to make that point, the film is required to feature the sounds of the participants hearts beating and they sounds of their breathing. Who would ever want to be in a gay marriage after hearing that?”
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