Kentucky Judge Strikes Down Part of State's Marriage Law

Feb 13, 2014

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Yesterday activist federal district Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky must recognize the “marriages” of four couples who were “married” in other states and Canada, and, in so doing, struck down part of Kentucky’s marriage law, including its constitutional marriage amendment passed by 74 percent of the voters in 2004. The marriage amendment stated: “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

Judge Heyburn said he “cannot conceive of any reasons for enacting the [marriage] laws challenged here.” He discounted procreation or “responsible procreation” and child rearing as legitimate reasons for the marriage laws. He spoke of the law “evolving” and cited a dissent from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (who once wrote “Three generations of imbeciles are enough” as justification for the state forcibly sterilizing people), that “judges do and must legislate.”

Using words like ‘evolve’ and ‘judges do and must legislate,’ Judge Heyburn revealed the extent of his judicial activist philosophy. Citing ‘evolving’ judicial decisions or even public opinion is not sufficient cover for judges. The Constitution is a contract with America and cannot be altered by a single judge’s stroke of a pen. Courts are playing with fire when they elevate personal opinion above the natural created order of male and female marriage. The only power courts have resides in the trust of the people that they are acting within the rule of law. Once that confidence is broken, as it well could be over the marriage debate, the courts lose their legitimate authority.

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