It’s a Small Minority After All

, Tony Perkins, 2 Comments

Liberals have long wanted you to believe there’s a consensus in America for redefining marriage, but now they are going global! Last month, Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh, along with a team of foreign law experts, submitted an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to join the “emerging global consensus” for same-sex marriage — essentially arguing that since most countries in the world are jumping off this moral cliff, why shouldn’t we? If that philosophy — which most of our mothers warned us against as children — wasn’t weak enough, they also need to dust off their World Book Encyclopedia. Turns out, less than 9 percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage — and only one of them did so through the courts!

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To correct the record, Brigham Young University law professors Lynn Wardle and Elizabeth Clark, along with 54 international law scholars, filed their own brief to the Court, shooting down the idea that America is behind the times in supporting same-sex “marriage” by comparing the U.S. to the rest of the world. They put the Ivy League and Left on the defensive with a stunning take-down of the logic that “everyone else is doing it.” Using the U.N. as its guide, the professors explain that 176 sovereign nations “retain the understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman… [In other words,] over ten times as many countries disallow same-sex marriage as allow it.” The team takes their argument even farther, explaining that this kind of majority “is not the result of mere animus and intolerance: 95 of the 176 states allowing only traditional marriage have decriminalized homosexual conduct.” Eighty-eight have even extended special right to the LGBT community in their countries. As far as the courts are concerned, 12 “national and international tribunals” have agreed that natural marriage is “consistent with human rights.” Wardle points out that “these include some of the jurisdictions with the earliest and strongest LGBT protections in the world.”

Here at home, our own polling shows how opposed voters are to letting the Supreme Court decide the issue. A whopping 61% of voters think that states and voters should remain free to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman. “If the U.S. Supreme Court is concerned about being out of step with the world’s leading democracies, it couldn’t make a bigger mistake,” Wardle says, “than becoming one of only two nations in the world to cut democracy off at its knees and force its judicial will upon the people.” The United States of America created the first working republic — Dean Koh’s brief pulls back the curtain on how far the Left will go to undermine it.