The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Washington (AFP) – An appeals court in the U.S. for the first time upheld a ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, bucking a trend and likely sending the issue back to the nation’s highest court.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined the U.S. Constitution did not prohibit states from defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The appeals court covers four states in the middle of the country: Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The decision runs counter to a trend of U.S. courts on all levels ruling in favor of same-sex marriages.

Last month, the U.S. government said it recognized same-sex marriage in six new states, increasing the total to 32 and the District of Columbia.

Thursday’s ruling against same-sex marriage will almost surely be petitioned to the Supreme Court, which recently decided not to consider other same-sex cases.

In the 2-1 decision handed down Thursday, the court ruled that while the definition of marriage was clearly changing in America, court rulings weren’t the appropriate way to make the change.

America’s federal system makes states to be “laboratories of experimentation” allowing “one State to innovate one way, another State another,” the ruling said.

The court suggested that state-focused system made democratic processes such as voting the best method for change.

Direct democracy allows respect for gay individuals and for opponents of gay marriage, the court said.

“When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” the ruling said.

Photo: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Crime scene outside Cincinnati, Ohio where state police shot FBI attacker Ricky Shiffer

Youtube Screenshot

Ricky Shiffer was like a lot of MAGA “patriots,” often proclaiming his willingness to die for Donald Trump. Like seemingly all Trump fans, he was outraged that the FBI served a search warrant on the ex-president’s Florida estate, eager to declare “civil war” on “the Deep State.” Shiffer was such a True Believer that on Thursday, he tried to attack the FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, and ended up dying next to a cornfield a few miles away.

Shiffer believed he was dying a martyr to the cause. But his only reward was for the community of terminally online Trumpists with whom he spent his time to immediately denounce him as a “crisis actor” who had performed a “false flag” operation with the sole purpose of smearing MAGA people by association.

Keep reading... Show less

Former President Donald Trump

Youtube Screenshot

Most Americans have long believed former President Donald Trump perpetrated multiple felony offenses both before and after entering the White House, according to opinion surveys — and yet those same citizens have also assumed that Trump would never be held accountable. But just at the moment that his escape from the law no longer seems quite so certain, the Republicans have almost all fallen into line behind him like lemmings.

There can be little doubt that the former president is in deep legal trouble. To evade the law, he is employing his usual tactics, from slick spin to torrential lying to feigned outrage to threats of mob violence, but mostly delay.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}