The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, and will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday. The cases come at a time when public opinion about same-sex marriage has shifted remarkably. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. In retrospect, it seems as if public opinion shifted on gay marriage all of a sudden.
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The Republican Party stands behind a traditional definition of marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. This belief does not come from a hatred of homosexuals, as many people try to color it, but from a belief that the institution of marriage was set up as such by our founding fathers, and has been defined this way throughout history, and that changing it compromises the sanctity of the institution. It also stems from a belief that, in terms of raising a family, having a male and female authority figure is a healthier and more balanced way for a child to grow up. These are some of the common arguments against gay marriage. Furthermore, the Republican Party believes in the right of individual states to decide for or against the recognition of marriages that do not fit this definition. The Republican Party believes in a smaller federal government, which places fewer regulations on the people. Republicans headed the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law granting states the right to not recognize same-sex marriages that were granted under the laws of other states.
In Friday's historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges declaring same-sex marriage the law of the land, four justices disagreed with the majority, and each weighed in with his own dissent. Thomas interpreted "liberty" in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment as referring specifically to "freedom from restraint. What they had not been granted by the states is the formal recognition of their marriages in a formal way, and Thomas argued, "Liberty is only freedom from governmental action, not an entitlement to governmental benefits. Thomas' criticism of the majority was scathing: "Perhaps recognizing that these cases do not actually involve liberty as it has been understood, the majority goes to great lengths to assert that its decision will advance the 'dignity' of same-sex couples
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