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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies
March 14, 2013
STILL STANDING: American Family Association Continues to Stand for Traditional Marriage and Family, as Others Cave on Same-Sex Marriage Stance
AFA Asks Why SCOTUS is Re-Evaluating Issues Already Decided Upon by Voters

 The 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.” 

  

Among 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?” 

  

Then on 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.” 

  

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.  

  

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

  

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. 

  

  

  

Sources: 

  

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/28/obama_urges_scotus_to_strike_down_prop_8.html 

  

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-07/opinions/37528448_1_doma-defense-of-marriage-act-marriage-equality 

  

http://nadler.house.gov/sites/nadler.house.gov/files/documents/Golinski%20DOMA%20amicus%20brief.pdf   

  

  


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