Thursday, July 06, 2006

Two Victories

I'm kinda shocked that the courts of this country actually got something right.

NY court rules against gay marriage--- ALBANY -- New York's highest court ruled Thursday that gay marriage is not allowed under state law, rejecting arguments by same-sex couples who said the law violates their constitutional rights.

The Court of Appeals in a 4-2 decision said New York's marriage law is constitutional and clearly limits marriage to between a man and a woman. Any change in the law should come from the state Legislature, Judge Robert Smith wrote.

"We do not predict what people will think generations from now, but we believe the present generation should have a chance to decide the issue through its elected representatives," Smith wrote.
No way!!! Decsions made by elected representatives? Next thing you know we'll have punishments for people who break laws, but I'm not going to get my hopes up.

Also today Georgia's Supreme Court upheld their constitutional amendmant that defined marriage in the traditional sense.

The state Supreme Court reinstated Georgia's constitutional ban on gay marriage Thursday, just hours after New York's highest court upheld that state's gay-marriage ban.

The Georgia Supreme Court, reversing a lower court judge's ruling, decided unanimously that the ban did not violate the state's single- subject rule for ballot measures. Superior Court Judge Constance Russell of Fulton County had ruled that it did.

Seventy-six percent of Georgia voters approved the ban when it was on the ballot in 2004.
This is more a victory for states rights and the democratic process than anything. In both cases voter approved amendmants to the State Constitutions were upheld by the judicial branch.

It's common knowledge that a large part of the leftist agenda in this country can only be advanced through judicial activism(gay-rights, abortion, affirmative action etc).

This ruling is not only a victory for those of us who believe that marriage is a governmentally recognized religious union between a man and a woman, but a blow to the actual MO of leftists across the nation. If they cannot circumvent the voters to advance their causes then they are more likely to be seen as the extremists they really are, and their causes will die on the vine.