The Worldwide Attack on Marriage is the online essay of the week. It is written by a BYU law prof but is written for a popular audience and is posted at Meridian Magazine. What's interesting about this short essay is that it highlights the more significant role international law is playing in discussions of domestic US law, even something as basic as marriage. You might find his account of experiences with international meetings on the topic to be interesting. However, his comment that the US Supreme Court was "relying on" international law in deciding last year's Lawrence v. Texas case striking down a Texas criminal law against homosexual sodomy might be misleading. Justice Kennedy's decision in that case noted similar cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights, but did so while countering claims that prohibitions against homosexual activities are rooted in "values we share with a wider civilization." They didn't really rely on international law or foreign cases to decide the case. There is no "global test" for US constitutional law. Yet.
The backdrop for this article is the present campaign for a Utah marriage amendment. Amazing how much life in Utah sets the agenda for the global Mormon Church. Surprisingly, this issue has not become a prominent campaign issue, although it did make an appearance at last night's debate. Nevertheless, after the election, plus two months of legal challenges about balloting, vote counting, voter registration fraud, etc., I think the marriage amendment issue will heat up again next year. The author of the essay goes so far as to call marriage a world issue.