Pastor Robert Jeffress thinks the U.S. Supreme Court can overturn legalized abortion, but cannot overturn same-sex “marriage.”
Enthusiastic Trump supporter and pastor of First Baptist Dallas, Jeffress claimed last week that conservative Christians should give up the fight to overturn the Surpeme Court’s redefinition of marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges.
“This is not going to be re-litigated by the Supreme Court. That is the law of the land,” Jeffress told “Good Morning Texas.”
To add insult to injury, Jeffress then accused those who think the gay marriage decision can and should be overturned of being extremists.
“Actually, I had to argue against some hard-right Catholics and evangelicals who wanted to make that a campaign issue,” he added.
Overturning Obergefell is not the “hard right” position, it’s the centrist position within conservatism and the Republican Party.
The Republican Party platform states,
“We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a ‘judicial Putsch’ — full of ‘silly extravagances’ — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Storey to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent. We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.”
And elsewhere states,
“Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society. For that reason, as explained elsewhere in this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states.”
President-elect Donald Trump was supported by conservative Christians in large part due to his promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion legal. Jeffress also made this argument, telling evangelicals to support Trump because life and religious liberty issues will be decided by a future Supreme Court.
During the campaign, Trump’s language was more equivocal on marriage than abortion. Trump said he would appoint justices that “could” (rather than “would”) overturn gay marriage.
In January, when asked if he would appoint judges that would overturn Obergefell, he answered, “If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go.”
And in a February interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said “I think [evangelicals] can trust me. They can trust me on traditional marriage. I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states and let the states decide.”
But he changed his position after winning the election, claiming that gay marriage is now “settled law.”
To argue the redefinition of marriage is settled law, but legal abortion is not settled law is a nonsensical contradiction.
A judicial philosophy that would lead a justice to overturn Roe should also lead them to overturn Obergefell, because both of those decisions have similar flawed reasoning.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Napp Nazworth