STILL STANDING: American Family Association Continues to Stand for Traditional Marriage and Family, as Others Cave on Same-Sex Marriage Stance
month of March will be a crucial time for the definition of traditional
marriage and family in America, as the Supreme Court of the United States will
hear arguments about Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Last week, more than
80 prominent Republicans, including four former governors, top advisers to
President George W. Bush, and two members of Congress signed an amicus brief
that proclaims homosexual people have the right to marry under the U.S.
Constitution. The headlines over the past week prove that
some of the country’s most important decision makers are turning away from
their convictions and toward the pressure-packing and outspoken groups pushing
ideals that are not in America’s best interest.
“These latest, sudden changes in opinion are classic examples of caving
in to political pressure,” said Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family
Association. “The founding document of the American political system, The
Declaration of Independence, states “We hold these
Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This same Creator that gives us
our rights speaks through His word when he said to His
people, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is
abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). Condoning sexual immorality and
same-sex marriage may be a good way to make political friends, but it is
diametrically opposed to the Word of God. The American Family Association
is concerned more about the future of America and how moving away from God’s
purpose and intent for marriage destroys the foundations of our Republic.”
those with a sudden change of heart is the Obama Administration, which is
asking the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Prop 8, a ban on same-sex
marriage there, saying the state should not decide whether homosexuals should
be allowed to marry. The Administration first suggested it would not get
involved in the issue, but late last month, filed a brief in support of two
homosexual couples who have been fighting the issue. Obama is the first U.S.
President to state that “same-sex couples should be able to get married.” The
Supreme Court will hear arguments about Prop 8 on March 26.
“This upcoming hearing to reverse Prop 8 is a slap in the face to
California voters, who previously voiced their opinion at the polls and voted
in favor of the measure that bans same-sex marriage,” Wildmon said. “Why is the
Supreme Court hearing arguments on an issue already decided through the
democratic process? And why is our President urging the courts to overturn a
decision made by this country’s voters?”
March 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage
Act (DOMA) signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. Clinton is now
retracting his decision on the act he signed 17 years ago, stating in a
Washington Post opinion piece that “...justices must decide whether it is
consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and
justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed
the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those
principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.”
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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3)
organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture
war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but
was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988.
Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family
organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and
approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the
ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200
radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.
Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA
Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online
news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web
sites such as OneMillionMoms.com and OneMillionDads.com that
rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their
advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million
hits and five million visitors each month.
AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute,
Christian voice throughout America.