John Eastman, former dean of the Chapman University School of Law and chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, is nothing if not an eternal optimist. He tells OneNewsNow, the American Family Association’s “news” site, that the Supreme Court will not overturn state bans on same-sex marriage.
Even though the recent ruling found that traditional marriage is constitutional, Dr. John Eastman of the National Association of Marriage acknowledges that one judge alone can’t turn the tide.
“Obviously a single federal judge doesn’t outbalance other trial court judges or even the court of appeals,” says Eastman, an attorney who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
But he argues that Feldman’s opinion mirrors that of the Supreme Court, which ordered a stay in a Utah marriage lawsuit that overturned the state’s traditional marriage laws.
“And they only do that when they think there’s a likelihood of success on the merits of the petition that they think officials will be filing,” Eastman advises.
Eyeing an eventual case before the high court, the NAO spokesman predicts the high court will not “strike down thousands of years of history and the laws of 35 states, and say the Constitution, that doesn’t speak to this question, somehow mandated that every state redefine its institution of marriage.”
Would you care to make a wager on that prediction, Mr. Eastman? You name the amount.