Pandora and the Supreme Court

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Pandora

Before engulfing all of you into what may turn out to be a controversial hub with debate and argument, let me explain who Pandora was for all who were not paying attention in school.

Greek Mythology

According to Greek Mythology, Pandora was the first woman of human origin created by the gods. It is claimed that each god was a part of creating her. Each god provided her with a unique and special gift.

Zeus had ordered Hephaestus to create Pandora. He used water and earth to do so. At this point:

  • Athena adorned her with clothing.
  • Aphrodite beautified her.
  • Apollo gave her a musical mastery.
  • Hermes provided her with speech
  • So on and so forth.

While there are many versions of the story of Pandora, the main aspect is that she was given to Epimetheus as a wife. He was brother of Prometheus who stole fire from heaven to give to mankind. Epimetheus was considered foolish, and he allowed Pandora to hold onto the jar that held death and all other evils.

Curiosity overtook Pandora and she slightly opened the jar (which we call a box now). Death and all other evils quickly escaped. Pandora had tried to close the jar, but it was too late.

The Supreme Court

Just recently, the Supreme Court made a decision that has one group of people quite gay (pun is intended) and happy.

Another group of people are horrified at this decision.

And a vast amount of people are plainly apathetic over the whole thing.

So who exactly sits on the Supreme Court with Pandora? These are the Judges and how they voted.

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Chief Justice - John G. Roberts Jr.

Chief Justice Roberts was nominated by President George W. Bush and took the seat in 2005. Roberts is a Roman Catholic.

So what was Robert's stance on same sex marriage? He disagreed with it and below is a quote from the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“This court is not a legislature, Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”

— Chief Justice John G. Roberts

Antonin Scalia

Judge Scalia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took the seat in 1986. Scalia is a Roman Catholic.

How did Scalia stand on same sex marriage? He gave a very strong disagreement with it. See his fierce quote below.

“The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”

— Judge Antonin Scalia

Anthony M. Kennedy

Judge Kennedy was also nominated by President Reagan and took the seat in 1988. Kennedy is also a Roman Catholic.

Did Kennedy agree with same sex marriage? Yes, Kennedy gave into the pressure and voted yes to same sex marriage.

"As the State itself makes marriage all the more precious by the significance it attaches to it, exclusion from that status has the effect of teaching that gays and lesbians are unequal in important respects,"

— Judge Anthony M. Kennedy

Clarence Thomas

Judge Thomas was nominated by President Bush and he took the seat in 1991. Thomas is a Roman Catholic.

Did Thomas agree with same sex marriage? Absolutely not.

“This decision will create potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

— Judge Clarence Thomas

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Judge Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton. She took the seat in 1993. Ginsburg is of the Jewish faith.

How did Ginsburg vote on same sex marriage? She agreed.

“Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female, that ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down … Would that be a choice that state should [still] be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?”

— Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Stephen G. Breyer

Judge Breyer was nominated by President Clinton and he took the seat in 1994. He is of Jewish faith.

It was of no surprise that Judge Breyer agreed with same sex marriage.

"Is religious reason on the part of some people sufficient to exclude gay people from the right to marry."

— Judge Stephen G. Breyer

Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Judge Alito was nominated by President George W. Bush and took the seat in 2006. Judge Alito is Roman Catholic.

Did Judge Alito agree with same sex marriage? Heavens no!

“For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate,”

— Judge Samuel Alito

Sonia Sotomayor

Judge Sotomayer was nominated by President Obama and took the seat in 2009. She is also a Roman Catholic.

Did the liberal Judge Sotomayer agree? Of course she agrees with same sex marriage.

"Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits? Or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other decision-making that the government could make -- denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?"

— Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Elena Kagan

The newest member of the Supreme Court, Judge Elena Kagan was nominated by President Obama and took her seat in 2010. Judge Kagan is of the Jewish faith.

So did Judge Kagan agree with same sex marriage? Yes.

"It seems good there will be more children adopted into married relationships."

— Judge Elena Kagan

Where Pandora Comes In

While many people may think same sex marriage is no big deal, lets just gander on a few possibilities.

Incest

What now is stopping brothers and sisters, aunts and nephews, uncles and nieces, father and daughter or mother and son from being able to marry and procreate?

This was released by Pandora at this court ruling.

Polygamy

It just seems like it should be right now that a man can have multiple wives or a woman multiple husbands.

Pandora's polygamy jar swung wide open.

Beastiality

Cannot a person marry their dog, sheep, hog or goat? Why not???

Hmm, Pandora you let some very evil things free.

Children

If some parents agree that their 3 year old child can wed a 70 year old person, what is stopping them. Pandora and the Supreme Court would now have to agree.

Morality

I often say that common sense died in a car crash.

I believe morality has also been declared dead and is being buried.

I know and love many people who claim they are homosexual, but I do not agree with their lifestyle, and I am in total disagreement with this ruling.

It is now time that all who have the power to wed people refuse. Either they disregard the law and face the consequences, or they give in their licenses. It is a stand that believers in a moral world need to take.

Your Turn To Speak

I just know that I am going to hit some nerves with this hub, and I am open to all debate as long as it stays civil.

All I ask is that if you agree with the Supreme Court's decision, please answer why all the others "evils" opened with Pandora's Jar shouldn't also be allowed?

Ok, I am ready. The comment section is below.

© 2015 Greg Boudonck

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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

There is a rub here that allows for open mindedness when viewing SCOTUS on this issue. I believe it would be accurate to say that the Lincolns did not have a marriage certificate. Marriage licenses are a nasty creature of an overreaching government. States and not the feds handled them and then the feds jumped in and made rules about them. They in fact are more a contract between the State and a couple than between two people.

"allowing" a pig and a person to marry is just about contracting with the state. This is also true of my interracial marriage. If the state agrees the parties can enter into a contract then that contract is valid. So really, pigs and children of minority will never be able to marry. Inanimate objects are out. Homosexuals have been able to enter into a valid contract for a very long time and I think always in the United States. There is absolutely nothing that prohibits a gay man from marrying a heterosexual woman. Or a lesbian from marrying a straight man. Polygamy and inner familiar marriages are going to have to be allowed. If a sister can contract with a friend she sure can marry her brother or sister's husband.

You are right a Pandora's box has been opened. But that "jar" was opened back when SCOTUS allowed states to regulate marriage. They got no business doing that. With that said I am just the compliant type of dog, that I have a business license. Yes it is a marriage license and that license is simply a contract that allows me to conduct the business of a joint enterprise known as marriage. All competent Americans should suffer the same privilege.


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Froggy213 14 months ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

You hit a nail on the head...It is just a piece of paper. The fact comes down to: it will be up to each person and their Higher Power--which mine is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

We all will have to answer, and it may be quick. We are very similar to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Thanks Eric. Have a good day.

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