(Newsmax) – While President Obama defined same-sex marriage as a “civil right” in his State of the Union Speech, Republican 2016 presidential contenders are stepping up the pressure on the Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear a case which could make gay marriage legal in all 50 states.
Conservative Dr. Ben Carson called for Congress to recall any Supreme Court judge who votes in favor of gay marriage, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called on states to not automatically allow gay marriage if the court rules that it is legal.
Carson, appearing on the Steve Deace Show podcast, expressed fears that SCOTUS approval of gay marriage would mean “open season on Christians. When judges do not carry out their duties in an appropriate way, our Congress actually has the right to reprimand or remove them,” Talking Points Memo (TPM) reported.
“Values and principles cannot be drummed out of us,” Carson said. “They’re going to try, and the only way we maintain a country with values and principles is we have to be brave enough to stand up for what we believe.”
Huckabee told radio host Hugh Hewitt: “One thing I am angry about is this notion of judicial supremacy where, if the courts make a decision, I hear governors and even some aspirants to the presidency say, ‘Well, that’s settled, and it’s the law of the land.’
“No, it isn’t the law of the land. Constitutionally, the courts cannot make a law. They can interpret one. And then the legislature has to create enabling legislation, and the executive has to sign it and has to enforce it.
“I’m praying that (Justice) Anthony Kennedy decides this the right way, that states have a right to define for themselves marriage.
“I think there’s going to be immediate cases filed where a person will say, ‘Well, I’d like to marry two women, or ‘I’d like to marry two men for a woman.’ And who’s to stop that?
“I hope this Court realizes that this is not a decision that should be made by the judicial branch. It should be made by the legislative branch, the representatives of the people,” Huckabee said.
In its order, the Supreme Court stated it will hear the case on two grounds: whether the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and whether it requires states to recognize a “marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.”
The Hill notes that oral arguments will be heard in April with a decision expected by the end of June.
The Obama administration will file a brief to “urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement which TPM reported.
“It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans — no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love,” Holder said.