#1117 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 23 August 2015
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that same sex marriage is a fundamental right, thereby legalising same sex marriage in all 50 states. Few media outlets reported the arguments of the dissenting judges, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who argued that the right to marry does not include a right to change the definition of marriage.
He said the Supreme Court’s decision ordered “the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia,” and elected politicians not unelected judges should determine which rights rank as fundamental, and should determine social policy.
Chief Justice Roberts said it was preferable for children to be conceived and raised by a mother and a father, and
for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond. Society has recognized that bond as marriage.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.