CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An opponent of same-sex marriages predicts such unions will be legal in West Virginia within a matter of weeks.

“It’s probably inevitable now that, in West Virginia, you’re going to have men marrying men. You’re going to have women marrying women,” said Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia. He described that scenario as “disappointing.”

“It remains to be seen if that definition of marriage continues to be redefined to be include other polyamorous relationships, multiple member marriages,” he said.

Whitt said he and other opponents of same-sex marriages were “caught off guard” when, earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals on same-sex marriage cases from five states. That move upheld the rulings which struck down bans on such unions in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Virginia.

The Virginia decision came from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals — the appeals court that sets legal precedent for West Virginia. Wyoming, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas and Colorado also fall in the affected judicial circuits.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers lifted the stay on the case, pending in Huntington Federal Court, that challenges West Virginia’s Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The defendants in the case were given 14 days to file responses.

On Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Whitt said there is still another option — beyond the courts — that could possibly keep West Virginia’s current definition of marriage intact.

“This battle isn’t over,” he said. “The United States Constitution is very likely to be amended in the next few years and be ratified by enough states to make that the permanent law of the land.”

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution can be adopted and sent to the states for ratification by either a two-thirds vote from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives or a two-thirds vote from a national convention Congress would call if legislatures in 34 states requested as much.

The legislatures in 38 states, three-fourths of the states, would have to ratify any amendment for it to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

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Comments

  • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

    Okay, let's get real here. Whom is actually threatened by a man marrying a man or a woman's trying a woman? The one security you can rely on is if it violates your values, you don't have to do it yourself, or do you have to associate with those who are same-sex married, and you can strive to pass your values down to your children. When I woke up this morning I was still in the USA. It is really not an important issue for most people. Personally, I am against the idea of same sex relationships and think it is rather odd. But it does not really impact the my life or the life of my family. Practically speaking, if two people want to make a life-long, binding, legal commitment to each other, what is really wrong with that? Most prudent people will keep the matter private. They are the ones that will be judged in the end, not you, so what in the world are you worried about and why do you really care?

    Conservative Christians need to wake up and realize you are protected by the same rights these people are. You can speak your minds and make your protests and have your political candidates and judge, worship and live your lives. But remember, the most abhorrent thing about homosexuality is public, same-sex displays of affection. Many find heterosexual public displays equally inappropriate. Please keep your public displays of anger, intolerance and protests civil and considerate of others that may or may not agree with you. It will certainly go a long way in having your views more widely understood and accepted.

    • bizzar

      first off schools will be forced to normalize the behavior in schools and thus forcing that belief on others.

      • Chuck Anziulewicz

        DEAR BIZZAR:

        In all my years of public school, I never once heard a teacher "normalize" marriage for Straight couples. Usually they were more concerned with teaching English, science, math, history, and geography. I don't think your fears are justified.

      • Sid

        Oh no! They're infringing on your right to raise judgemental, hateful little bigots!

  • Hillbilly

    Inch by inch , step by step .

  • Seriously

    Reading some of these comments against gay marriage... I have to wonder how some of you people function. If someone tells you the sky is green would you believe them? Can you turn a page in a book? Have you ever taken a course higher than 9th grade science?

    It kind of scares me that you all are out walking around in public as ignorant as you are, let alone have voting rights.

    Do us all a favor including yourself. Don't open your mouth or use your keyboards because its embarrassing for all of us to even read your ignorance. We feel bad for you for having to suffer with such low intelligence and no sense of reality.

    • leroy

      arrogance is bliss

    • Timothy N. Smith

      First of all, I'm a born-again Christian. Secondly, I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I'm also a registered Professional Engineer. Therefore, I'm pretty sure that nobody would say that I have "low intelligence."

      With that said, I'm 100% against same-sex marriage. It is not only unnatural, but it is unbiblical. The Word of God is very clear as to where the LORD stands on this issue. It is an abomination and a sinful perversion of what is natural.

      You have a right to your opinion, but don't go around assuming that everyone who opposes same-sex marriage has a low level of intelligence. I'm going to stand upon the Word of God (King James Bible) in every decision I make for myself and for my family.

  • Leroy

    Ever notice liberals feel threatened by Christians? They
    Stop at nothing to put them down

    • THP

      Hey Leroy...I think it's the other way around.

  • Bob

    The only question I have for those who want to judge is:

    If your child or grandchild was gay, would you stop loving them?

    • Mike

      Love the sinner,hate the sin.

  • Mike

    A sad day not only for WV but the whole country when this nasty sinful law is passed. I will make sure my grandchildren understand that two men or two women marry it is not natural and it is sick. This whole country will pay the price because of a few sick twisted people. The courts are full of left wing sicko's to allow this to happen. The may be book smart but they are God haters and one day have to answer to Him and only Him. The legal system has destroyed America.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz

      DEAR MIKE:

      Let's just hope that none of your grandkids are Gay.

    • einsteinismyIdol

      Bless your heart.

  • TruthTeller

    Sorry to say the economics of West Virginia will decline and suffer even more when this is passed. God will punish the state for their approval of sexual immorality. As if the state
    needed to suffer even more. People you need
    to wake up and smell the coffee. How do you
    think you are greater than God? How do you
    have the nerve to destroy God's creation of marriage? Shame of you!!! The very fact that
    people can not reproduce being gay should
    tell you something. Being gay is a behavior
    decision just like deciding to smoke or drink.
    You will be hurting West Virginia if this law would pass. Wake up people.

    • einsteinismyIdol

      You realize there is no law being passed, right? Oh wait, I guess you do not - an indication of your ability to comprehend.

      Jesus would be so disappointed in you.

  • mook

    NOT FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! When GOD comes back all that will CHANGE!!!!!!!!!

    • einsteinismyIdol

      Yes, yes. When she comes back, she will be pissed.But, it will be at people like you.

  • Tom

    If Allen Whitt and his followers would spent as much of their time, energy, and resources fighting poverty and unemployment in West Virginia as they have trying to prevent a handful of people from getting married, we would all be better off.

  • Whitt time waster

    Allen Whitt: why continue to waste time and resources on a LOSING battle? Get over it, gay marriage will be legal forever.

    • Molon Labe

      Because that changes the definition of marriage. What stops a man from marrying a 10 year old boy, a woman marrying her 3 co-workers, someone marrying their dog, a man could file married and claim a Playstation as his spouse for a tax credit. etc.

      I'm for a civil union of sorts for insurance reasons and such, but there needs to be a fine definition of marriage.

      This should be a state issue anyways. Why should a handful of federal judges issue a decision that the citizens of WV should make.

      • Matt Miller

        Hm. It is both morally and legally acceptable for a gay couple to live together, love each other and have a sexual relationship.

        It is neither morally nor legally acceptable for a man to have a sexual relationship with a ten year old boy. Same goes for dogs and playstations.

        Dogs or playstations also aren't in need of legal help in terms of making medical decisions for someone they love, or in terms of inheriting property.

        The slippery slope argument here is 100% ridiculous... completely absurd.

        Gay couples can already live together, love together and even have a ceremony and call themselves married if they like. What we are talking about is not creating something that doesn't exist, it is about recognizing what is already the case.

        If a gay couple can be in a relationship, why shouldn't they also be able to claim the legal benefits that straight couples are able to claim?

      • einsteinismyIdol

        Well, marriage is a civil issue.

        It would be great if the government would get out all together - and stop giving benefits to people for their ability to be married and to breed.

        • Shawn H

          You hit the nail on the head!!! It blows my mind why we are still having this dicussion. Govt needs to get out of everyone's marriage. Stop punishing people for being single and this whole issue goes away. Then you stand before God and answer for your own actions, which everyone will do someday anyway.