Same Sex Marriage Debated


By Ellis Eskew

It was a historic day as the U.S. Supreme Court took on Proposition 8- involving the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
And that has people here speaking out.

For some, it's about basic human rights. For others it's about upholding the basics of the constitution. But both sides are equally passionate on their stance when it comes to same sex marriage. 

AUM professor and counselor Dr. Paul Hard is following the same sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For him, it's personal.

"From a personal perspective, I can say that no human being should ever have to stand in an emergency room and beg to be allowed to see their loved one, beg to know what the status of that loved one's life is," said Hard.

Joshua Pendergrass is executive director for the Foundation of Moral Law in Montgomery.

He says the foundation filed two friend of the court briefs in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases.

"Allowing gay marriage, first of all, is not constitutional, and it's not unconstitutional to disallow gay marriage. So that's the majority of what we argued particularly from a historical basis," said Pendergrass.

Hard says times have changed.

To him, it's not only about civil rights; it's about human rights.

"If we can see past the religious and we can see past the dogma, and see past the politics of this thing, we see that these are human beings that are being effected by an unjust law. Not just a political party. This isn't about republican or democrat, this is about human beings that are badly effected," said Hard.

Meanwhile, Pendergrass says the same sex marriage issue is about upholding our nation's values that were founded on Godly principles when the constitution was written.

And he and his foundation will continue to defend the constitution.

"In 2008, for example, D.C. v. Heller, the United States court was very clear that the constitution should be interpreted word for word and not by adding things in it. And that was just in 2008. So we are confident that we can continue doing that. And that's what the foundation does, and that's what we, as a non-profit, seek to do every day to see that the constitution is followed no matter what," said Pendergrass.

Both sides will be watching these cases closely as they make their way before the Supreme Court.

During arguments Tuesday on California's ban on gay marriage, several justices raised doubts that the case should even be before them.

There is a possibility that the justices will dismiss the case.

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Paul said on Thursday, Mar 28 at 7:52 AM

The question of ministers being compelled to perform same-sex marriages is groundless. The federal government used DOMA to refuse federal benefits to same-sex couples. This is government interference in civil marriages recognized by those states in which it was legal. If DOMA is overthrown religious groups will continue to perform or not perform same-sex marriages as their own consciences dictates. To the question of calling it a "Union." Our country is only too familiar with the notion of "separate but equal" and has found that such arrangements are far from equal. in such cases, one is a marriage and the other becomes a "skim-milk" marriage as one of the justices has observed. Let's not endorse the notion of making a class of Americans as "less-than." Let's embrace equal rights under the law. These are people. These are human beings being badly affected by an unjust law. Let's treat each other as human beings not as a political position.

Brandon said on Wednesday, Mar 27 at 5:43 PM

I'm an eleven year regular Army veteran. My question is this. If same sex marriage is legal, is it now ILLEGAL for a pastor or a priest to deny pronouncing same sex couples, "husbands" or "wives", based on his faith? The answer is yes it does. This is wrong. NO same sex marriage in churches. Call it a union if you wish and do it without a priest. Period. Brandon Charles S.

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