Straight and Crooked thinking on DOMA at the US Supreme Court : Wrong philosophy ! Wrong Law ! Wrong rights !

“fools  rush in where wise men never go”.

In  ruling  that  same – sex  “marriage”  should  be  identical  under  the  Law  to  heterosexual  marriage  the  five  judges  of  the US  Supreme  Court  who  voted  to  strike  down  the  Defense of  Marriage  Act  (DOMA)  are  indicating  that  the  philosophical  paradigm  within  which  they operate  has  at  least  the  following  characteristics :

1.Places  ideology   before  truth  and  fact.  

Ideologically  the judges  hold  that  the  two  types  of  unions  should  be regarded  as  identical  under  the  law even though they  are  clearly  neither equal nor  identical.


Truth &  Fact           :    male  +  female      ≠       male  + male       ≠       female  +  female 

Judges’  Ideology  :    male  +  female      =       male  + male       =       female  +  female

2.  Places  no  unique  value  on  the  role  and  functions  of   heterosexual  unions  in  the  society  despite   the  obvious  anatomical, physiological  and  psychological complementarity  of  males  and  females   and  millennia  of  human  experience  in all  societies  of  the value  of   the  heterosexual  union  for  producing  and   and  rearing children.   

3.  Places  emotion  above  all  other  considerations in this legal  judgment.  

The  very  different  heterosexual  and same -sex  unions are to  be  regarded  as  identical  under  the  law not  because  they  are  known  to  be equally  valuable  to  the  society –  the common good – but rather  because in both cases   two  persons  ” love  each other”.   

The  judges  failed  to  appreciate  that  the  value  of   the  heterosexual  union  to  human civilization   is  such  that  heterosexual  marriages  have  been  and  are still  being  arranged  without  reference  to  “love”

Dr.  Wayne  West  of  the Jamaica  Coalition for  a  Healthy  Society  (JCHS) makes  these points  in a  discussion  on   Nationwide  Radio  with host  Cliff  Hughes  and  Lawyers   Professor Suzan Goldberg  and  Lord  Anthony  Gifford.

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