In regards to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Oct. 6 involving same-sex marriages (“ Decision buoys gay couples,” Oct. 7 news article): I agree that the court does not need to get involved in this issue. The people of Virginia and North Carolina (and several other states) have made their opinions and feelings known through the ballot box. In North Carolina, it was referred to as “Amendment One” and approved by the people in a 2012 referendum. Some of us see this process (people voting on an issue and letting the majority rule) as democracy in action, but others see it differently.
I don’t think the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should be involved in this issue, either. Again, the people have spoken, and that should mean something. If the opponents of this issue wish to change things, let them put it before the people at the next available election and again let the people decide.
I have the utmost respect for the democratic process of allowing the people to vote and the majority to rule. This process shouldn’t be tampered with by any judicial system in the country, from “Judge Judy” to the U.S. Supreme Court and everything in between. But maybe I’m an old-fashioned guy.