Over the past week, some officials in Texas had threatened to defy one of the most recent Supreme Court rulings. Officials all over the state are outraged at the most recent decision, and say that the Supreme Court has overstepped its boundaries and is now infringing upon their own rights. But what exactly did the Supreme Court do that is making them so angry? And do they really believe that they will be able to fight back?
Last week, the Supreme Court announced that in a 5-4 decision, it is not longer legal for states to deny homosexual couples the right to marry. While many states across the country had already done this, this ruling made it nationwide, leaving many people unhappy. There are still many people who object to gay marriage, and they feel that the Supreme Court had no right to force the states into doing this, and that it should be left up to the individual states to decide their own course of action. However, this is primarily the role of the Supreme Court – to interpret the Constitution and decide if some laws are legal or illegal. In this case, the decision was reached that denying gay people the right to marry was against the 14th Amendment, and that all such laws must be removed.
Gay Marriage support has gained popularity across the nation, but it is still opposed mainly by the religious right. In their opinion the Bible forbids gay marriage, and therefore the U.S should forbid it as well. Despite their ardent protests, the movement has moved forward, much to the delight of many. However, there are still a lot of people who are trying to fight the new Supreme Court ruling, and some of them are Texas officials.
Two examples are Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. Both men are elected officials in the state of Texas, and both are firmly in support of “traditional” marriage – or marriage between a man and a women. They have criticized the Supreme Court for this ruling – among others – and have even encouraged other state officials to refuse giving out marriage licenses to gay couples. Of course doing so would open them up to legal recourse, but the urging continues on regardless.
Officials are not the only ones who are upset in Texas. A large portion of Texas is very religious, and as such they have very strong opinions on not only gay marriage, but on the Supreme Court ruling. Mark Davis – a columnist for the Texas Daily News – wrote that the ruling was “tyranny of the highest order” and that it “cannot be allowed to stand”. Others have echoed the sentiment, and are looking for ways around the law. Some have proposed an Amendment to the Constitution, but this seems like a long shot. However, support for these types of actions are strong in Texas, and it remains to be seen if they can convince the rest of the country to go back on the recent developments.