Friday, May 16, 2008

Obama’s Support for Judicial Imposition of Same-Sex "Marriage"

Ed Whelan writes at Bench Memos on National Review Online:
Barack Obama’s final examination for the constitutional law class that he taught at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2003 asked his students to advise whether a hypothetical “Protection of Marriage Act” enacted in the State of Nirvana—I guess that’s one of the 57 states he was referring to—violates the Fourteenth Amendment. The hypothetical Act states in part that “only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Nirvana.”

Here’s the opening sentence of the model answer that Obama later provided his students: “In implementing this statute, the state denies homosexuals the equal protection of the laws, denying them the right to marry that it grants heterosexuals, in violation of the EPC [Equal Protection Clause].”

Is there any conceivable reason to believe that Obama wouldn’t set out to appoint Supreme Court justices who would read a right to same-sex marriage into the federal Constitution?
(emphasis added)

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Obama Wants to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

Obama in Ohio: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions

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