Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Culture news: The rest of the world is not deciding same sex marriage through the judiciary

It is widely expected that an upcoming Supreme Court decision will impose same sex marriage on all states.  Lynn D. Warde, Elizabeth A. Clarke and W. Cole Durham note that fewer than nine percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships.  In fact of these, “Only one country on the entire planet—Brazil—has mandated via its judiciary that same-sex couples across its nation have access to traditional marriage.”  Instead, court decisions around the world “recognize that there are significant moral, religious, and social reasons for opposing same-sex marriage that are unrelated to impermissible animus.”  If the Supreme Court issues the expected decision, the results will place the United States outside of the current legal consensus about how to handle same sex marriage.

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