Boehner: House will not support marriage during Supreme Court case
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When the Supreme Court rules about whether to impose same-sex “marriage” on the entire nation, the House of Representatives will remain mum on the subject.
House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the Republican-controlled body will not weigh in on either side of the constitutional issue.
“I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said at a press conference last Thursday. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.”
The House's decision effectively abandons the legal field to federal institutions that support the redefinition of marriage.
Boehner's newfound neutrality contrasts with the House's past actions. The House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group spent $2.3 million offering legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when that law went before the High Court in 2013.
Boehner's remarks came nearly one month after the Obama administration, which successfully lobbied the High Court to overturn a key provision of DOMA, said it will file an amicus brief in these two cases, as well.
“The Supreme Court has announced that it will soon hear several cases raising core questions concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriages,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement on January 16. “As such, we expect to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in these cases that will urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.”
That fact was not lost on homosexual activists. Gregory Angelo, executive director of the gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans, told The Washington Blade that Boehner’s remarks were “definitely encouraging.”
Defenders of marriage had another view.
“I'm sorry to say, that I am not surprised to hear of Boehner's position,” Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder and president of the Ruth institute, told LifeSiteNews. “The elites of both political parties either actively support genderless marriage, or they will accept it.” She added that both political parties have “supported earlier phases of the Sexual Revolution.”
Political leaders “have yet to take the slightest responsibility for the harms the Sexual Revolution has caused, through unwanted divorce, post-abortion stress, medical risks associated with contraception, and the heartbreak that comes from the hook-up culture,” Dr. Morse told LifeSiteNews.
“The elites are not about to grow a spine to prevent the gutting of marriage, the only institution we have that attaches children to both their mother and father,” she said.
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The Supreme Court is expected to rule on two issues – whether the 14th Amendment guarantees the right to same-sex “marriage” and whether states that do not observe same-sex “marriage” must honor marriage licenses conferred upon homosexual couples in other states – sometime before July.