Some of you might remember the following scene from A Man for All Seasons, a film about St. Thomas More’s conflict with Henry VIII over papal supremacy. I’d like you to keep the following scene in mind as I discuss the fundamental flaw in the Supreme Court’s ruling.
WILLIAM ROPER: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
SIR THOMAS MORE: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
MORE: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
A major problem with the LGBT movement is that they feel as though they can cut a wide path through the laws of the United States of America in order to achieve their goals. Only a fool could not see that this ruling is the greatest usurpation of legislative power by the judicial branch since Roe vs. Wade. Amid the general chorus of cheers from supporters of this decision, do not any see the lawlessness of it? How is it compatible with our federalist system? Every perceived right in one state must now be recognized by the other forty-nine. Conservatives have already pointed out that this reasoning can more easily be applied to concealed carry laws since they are implied in the Second Amendment. If thirty-six states recognize the right of concealed carry, what excuse do the other fourteen have for continuing to deny their rights? A few states have constitutional or unrestricted carry laws. Why should any state be allowed to prevent its citizens from going about armed with or without a license?
The consistent application of the principle established by Obergefell vs. Hodges means that states are no longer self-governing communities adhering to a union for the sake of protection and fair interstate trade. Every state may now be forced to conform to the same particulars. No longer must each state only provide its citizens with the rights enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but every perceived right granted by at least one other state.
So, you Leftists out there, what are you going to do when the devil you released turns back on you? Under what laws might you plead defense when every law is a matter of personal opinion?