Gay marriage wall street journal
The United Methodist Church shot down a plan that would have opened the door to gay marriage in the church on Tuesday, a blow to theological liberals that exposes the rift within the third-largest Christian denomination in the U. Louis, conservative delegates soundly defeated the One Church Plan, which would have allowed some churches to celebrate same-sex weddings and ordain lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy while permitting other churches not to do so. Church officials had pushed the plan as the best way to keep the denomination together. Instead, delegates at the convention approved the Traditional Plan, which keeps in place rules that prohibit same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT clergy. In addition, it adds measures to crack down on clergy members who disobey those rules.
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The potential outcomes in the gay marriage battle before the Supreme Court are both straightforward and legally complex. The basic question in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges , is simply put: Are laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman constitutional under the 14th Amendment? If the nation's highest court rules that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional, same-sex marriage would become legal across the country.
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The decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy , his fourth major gay-rights ruling over two decades, struck down restrictions in force in 13 states and means all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions. The court was considering a challenge to laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. The ruling in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, follows a rapid shift in legal and societal acceptance of same-sex marriage over the past decade and reflects more generally how gay rights in the course of a generation have moved to the front line from the fringes of a national debate over the meaning of equality. Officials in states with bans began dropping prohibitions Friday, and couples moved immediately to obtain marriage licenses.
The definition of marriage returns to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, only two years after the Justices decided two cases whose ambiguous reasoning created legal confusion on same-sex unions. The rulings declined to overturn—explicitly, at least—those remaining state laws that limit the institution of marriage to one woman and one man, though their logic more or less instructed the appellate courts to do so. Four circuits have.