, Salem, MA


July 12, 2013

Letter: Supreme Court is not so supreme

To the editor:

We read in the Salem News on June 27 that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense Of Marriage Act (thanks to Justice Kennedy), a law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton, and refused to hear California’s constitutional amendment banning “gay marriage” — Call it what you want, but a duck is a duck no matter what it is called.

Anyway, in 1962, the court banned school prayer; in 1973, in Roe v. Wade, abortion on demand was allowed for women. Now in 2013, the court decided states must allow gay couples to get the same benefits as heterosexual couples in their respective states. California or any other state can amend its constitution as long as it does not supersede the U.S. Constitution or federal law. The court refused to hear the case, so same-sex marriage is allowed there because of a lower federal court ruling.

These decisions in 1962, 1973 and 2013 made by our U.S. Supreme Court are definitely not the ultimate or final ones. There is a higher court and higher laws. Our creator has the final say in the end, and his laws are found in the holy Bible in the books of Genesis, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and in the Gospels of Saint Matthew and Saint Mark. These books make the U.S. Supreme Court pale in comparison. ...

The Supreme Court is not the supreme authority in the end. God is.

Philip J. Celeste


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