Alan Keyes: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision Could Spark Civil War

In an op-ed posted Thursday at, former U.S. ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes warned of dire consequences if the Supreme Court decides to redefine marriage. One potential consequence, he said, would be a second civil war.

“It will be a high crime and misdemeanor that effectively dissolves the just bonds of government between and among the states, and among the individuals who compose the people of the United States,” if the Court rules in favor of gay marriage. “It will therefore be just cause for war.”

Comparing the upcoming decision to the now-infamous Dred Scott case, Keyes said “the Court’s action will bring the nation to the brink, whence ‘nothing but confusion and disorder will follow.” He went on to say that if the justices “do not tread carefully, their temerity could very well set in motion the death throes of what is still supposed to be their country.”

Keyes said the court should not presume to redefine marriage from the bench “without addressing the issue of unalienable right…” Doing so, he added, “will be an attack on the very foundation of constitutional government, of by and for the people of the United States.”

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