Well, folks, it's two more 5-4 travesties at the Supreme Court, rulings consistent with the past. Five oligarchs in black have struck down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and ruled California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The DOMA ruling gives "married" homosexuals the same rights to federal benefits as real married couples. That will have major financial implications since homosexuals playing house now have their fingers in the taxpayers' pockets. Benefits originally established to protect spouses and children will go to supplement the incomes of same-sex couples many of whom already have dual professional incomes. It's a bonanza with taxpayers footing the bill.
Poisoning marriage makes perfect sense from the justices' perspective. After all, they killed the fruit of marriage in 1973 with abortion-on-demand. Killing marriage itself makes perfect sense.
And, once again, it was Catholics leading the pack to affirm a grave moral evil. (Harry Blackmun who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, while himself not Catholic, was deeply influenced by Catholic justice William Brennan, the author of Griswold v. Connecticut, the precursor of Roe.) And yes, Catholic Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision overturning DOMA and Catholic John Roberts wrote the Proposition 8 decision declining to rule which leaves the ban on Proposition 8 intact. It's a non-ruling that, in fact, is a ruling. The only good news is that it was based on the standing of the appellants who appealed when the state of California would not.
With the highest court in the land supporting the legislative assault on marriage, the states are the only bastion left and they are falling fast. Twelve currently allow same-sex marriage. In the light of the Supreme Court's decisions the dominoes are in place and it seems same-sex marriage on demand is inevitable. Can anyone be confident that, had California's governor appealed the ban on implementing Proposition 8, the Supreme Court would have upheld it? Seems unlikely. The sad truth is that the division in the country just widened in magnitude exponentially between the sheep who follow the Lord and the goats who follow immoral desires. Serious prayer and fasting is in order.
What happened today makes November's election in Virginia even more important. The patriots of Virginia were beacons of light to the colonies of 1776. The moral evils they opposed were trivial compared to the moral evils facing us today, one of which is the unrestricted power of a Leviathan central government . States certainly cannot undo the evils at the federal level, but a state can still speak truth to power and we have a team of men who are not afraid to do that. I hope you will financially support our pro-life candidates, Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshain. They are men of whom the founders would be proud!
And now as individuals - how should serious Catholics respond to this blow to the heart? If you're married, love and respect your spouse and reaffirm your promises. Much of the disintegration of marriage is directly related to the infidelity and moral lapses of married Christians who have abandoned their vows. We need to exchange the mantra, "I have the right to be happy!" for the biblical admonition, "Take up your cross and follow me." Love your children and raise them in the faith. Witness to God's goodness through the way you live your life. And don't forget to fast and pray. Did you hear that? Don't forget to fast and pray. Remember, some demons are only driven out through serious spiritual warfare.
Above all, we must never despair despite the storm of evil descending on us. God never deserts His people. And the only thing that ultimately matters is to know, love, and serve God so we can be happy with Him in heaven. We live in martyr-making times and that's not all bad.