Per the Alliance Defense Fund’s email below, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit just overturned Judge Bataillon’s anti-marriage decision in Nebraska. This is another great victory for Judicial Renewal.
For those that may not remember – it was just last summer that Judge Joseph Bataillon, U.S. District Judge in Nebraska, said that Nebraska’s state constitutional amendment protecting marriage (passed by over 70% of Nebraska citizens) violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It was patently absurd for Bataillon to claim that the people who voted for and ratified the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 were thinking about constitutionally enshrining homosexual conduct and unions. Bataillon was simply legislating from the bench – and the 8th Circuit opinion makes that clear in their opinion today. The 8th Circuit states:
“In the nearly one hundred and fifty years since the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, to our knowledge no Justice of the Supreme Court has suggested that a state statute or constitutional provision codifying the traditional definition of marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause or any other provision of the United States Constitution.”
There have been an uncanny number of victories for judicial renewal in the last few days. God is certainly hearing our prayers and is moving on the hearts of the judges and Congress. Let these victories increase our faith as we continue asking for even larger victories: complete judicial renewal and even a vacancy or vacancies at the Supreme Court.