On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show Andrew Walker, policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, talked with Chad Hasty about several high-profile cases heading to the Supreme Court this week.

Starting today, the Supreme Court will be hearing two cases revolving around gay marriage. Today's case is centered on California's Proposition 8, and tomorrow's case focuses on the Defense of Marriage Act. Walker said that the big question the courts are looking to answer is, "What is marriage?" In both cases, the voters defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman only, and Walker stressed that it was not the Supreme Court's place to override the decision of the people.

What's at stake is really the integrity of our democratic institutions. And we've seen in countless states...where millions of Americans have gone to the voting booth and with the rights of the conscience and in their own privacy, have expressed the opinion that marriage is the unique union between a man and a woman. And I don't think it's the job of the Supreme Court to step in and override the institutions of our democratic process.

Walker went on to say that if the courts redefine marriage, not only would they be abolishing the original idea of marriage, but would also be taking children out of the situation entirely. He added that this was not the time for the Supreme Court to step in a put an "end" to the debate.

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