homosexual lobby claims that the majority of Americans favor same-sex marriage,
and that marriage should be only about love. Even if that were true, favoring
homosexual marriage by definition means being “for” anything outside what the
Bible calls a sacred union—between one man and one woman.
to a recent article on
Prospect.com by Boston College School of Law professor Kent Greenfield, opponents
of same-sex marriage have been right all along. Government approval of
same-sex marriage will eventually erode bans on polygamous and incestuous
marriages as well. As a matter of constitutional rationale, there is indeed
a slippery slope between recognizing same-sex marriages and allowing marriages
among more than two people and between consenting adults who are related.
FamilyAssociation (AFA, www.afa.net)
is pointing to Greenfield’s article
in an effort to call the Republican Party and Christians around the country to
act on the issue of same-sex marriage
and the culturally poisonous problems that will undoubtedly result before they
are the mainstream way of thinking in America.
have reached a frightening impasse,” said American Family Association President
Tim Wildmon. “I fear the day just years from now when marriage has absolutely
no definition at all. After we water it down more and more until it is
meaningless, marriage won’t be anything but a freewill agreement between any
two people, or more than two people. Since marriage is ultimately about the
optimal nurturing environment for vulnerable young children, destabilizing the
institution of marriage is a terrible thing to do to America’s children. God
gave us the responsibility to protect this sacred union, and we should resist
any effort to destroy it. What God has defined, man must not redefine.”
Law Fund Research Scholar and author of “The Myth of Choice: Personal
Responsibility in a World of Limits,” Greenfield writes that, “Marriage, we’ve
said, is about defining one’s own family and consecrating a union based on
love. We’ve voiced these arguments in constitutional terms, using claims
arising from the doctrines of ‘fundamental rights’ and equal protection.
Fundamental-rights analysis says that marriage is for many a crucial element of
human flourishing, or as the Court said almost fifty years
ago ‘essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness.’ Because it’s so
important, government can restrict marriage only by showing a truly compelling
justification. The equal protection argument is simply that the marriage right
should not be taken away from groups unless the government has good reasons to
exclude those groups.”
way politicians and citizens can act is to support the Federal Marriage
Protection Amendment sponsored by Congressman Tim Huelskamp. H.J. RES. 51 is an
amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would make marriage legal only between
a man and a woman. The amendment states, “Marriage
in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.
Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be
construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred
upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
traditional marriage is nothing new. More than 150 years ago, the Delegates
in the 1856 Republican Party Convention made a point to protect the people of
the United States from the woes that can result from same-sex marriage.
Documents from the Convention state, “This Convention of Delegates, assembled
in pursuance of a call addressed to the people of the United States, without
regard to past political differences or divisions ... do (resolve) that the
Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the
United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it
is both the right and the Imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the
Territories those twin relics of barbarism—Polygamy, and Slavery.”
more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.
interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah
Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.
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.
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
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.
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