A recent case in South Carolina in the United States lends credence to the fact that changing the legal definition of marriage will lead to the slow breakdown of the traditional family unit.
Jacqueline Carson, who is legally married to another woman, Casey Carson, gave birth to twins. Upon filling out the birth certificate, they saw that the state did not allow Casey to be listed as the second parent, since she was not the biological parent. Not surprisingly, the couple sued in federal court, alleging it was not only a violation of the 14th Amendment, but that it conflicted with the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling (the 2015 Supreme Court ruling where five judges redefined marriage for the entire country).
Without even contesting the issue, South Carolina consented to the change in policy, listing the second woman as a parent on both children’s birth certificates.
Despite the denial of LGBTI lobby, it is apparent that the legalisation of same-sex marriage directly affects the family unit. South Carolina tacitly acknowledged that the new definition of marriage has ushered in a mandatory change in birth certificates. Mark Joseph Stern, a writer for Slate, notes:
And of course, they won, because that’s the outcome that Obergefell plainly requires. As U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis recognized, listing a birth mother’s spouse as her child’s second parent is one of the “terms and conditions” of civil marriage in South Carolina. It is a benefit provided to opposite-sex couples; it therefore cannot be denied to same-sex couples simply because they are gay. Amusingly, South Carolina didn’t bother to argue otherwise in court, declining to contest the Carsons’ assertion that its actions violated the 14th Amendment or to appeal Lewis’ decision. Instead, the state will enter into a consent decree, agreeing to list same-sex spouses on birth certificates moving forward.
As LGBTI activists in Australia increasingly pressure the silent majority to vote for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, know that such a change will affect the family in many ways. In the United States, it has not only changed the definition of marriage, but the nature of parenting and family units. The direct consequences for parenting and family, which stem from the redefinition of marriage, were so blatant that people aren’t even bothering to fight anymore.
This is why it is imperative that we fight now. Marriage Alliance is proud to continue to stand with you to preserve the definition of marriage, and to protect everyday Australians from the consequences of changing the definition of marriage.