In the face of the aggressive efforts of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, the mayor of
?After more than two centuries of American jurisprudence and millennia of human experience,? President Bush said, ?a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization. Their action has created confusion on an issue that requires clarity.?
Those activist judges make the future of the Defense of Marriage legislation very uncertain. And so the president has concluded, ?Activist courts have left the people with one recourse. If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in
In recent years, many liberal initiatives have not made it through Congress. Knowing the people won?t support them, activists have resorted to the courts, and the courts have acted more and more as super-legislatures?making, rather than interpreting, law. This happened with abortion, and it?s happening with same-sex ?marriages.? Only a constitutional amendment can stop this judicial arrogance.
The president?s support is crucially important for several reasons. First, it adds muscle to the long struggle required to amend the Constitution. Second, he?s defending the family. The attack on marriage is an assault on the family, the most basic building block of human culture. Marriage and procreation are inextricably linked in the moral order, but they have become decoupled by the sexual revolution. Same-sex ?marriage? would tear them apart completely. This would lead to an increase in out-of-wedlock births and family dissolution, just as it has in
This is a particularly critical issue to me, because in nearly thirty years of prison ministry, I?ve seen the disastrous consequences of family breakup. More than half the inmates in prison come from broken families. Inmates typically lack male and female role models (a dad and a mom) who are the moral influences that inform their consciences early in life. Anything that causes family breakdown will increase crime and social disorder. Only a society that has abandoned reason would knowingly undermine the family.
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If you?ve called before and have material about this issue, that?s fine. But if you haven?t, please call us today (1-877-322-5527). And then call or e-mail the White House and thank the president for his courageous stand. Urge your senators and congressman, as well, to get moving on this amendment, the most titanic struggle of the culture war to date.
Thank President George W. Bush for supporting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 202-456-1111. Or write: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500.
For further reading and information:
?President Calls for Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage ,? White House Office of the Press Secretary, 24 February 2004.
Debbie Reichmann, ? Bush to Back Gay Marriage Ban Amendment ,? Associated Press, 24 February 2004.
Cal Thomas, ? Reflected Virtue ,? Jewish World Review, 19 February 2004.
John Fund, ? Marriage of Inconvenience ,? Wall Street Journal, 23 February 2004.
Visit Maggie Gallagher?s website on the Marriage Debate .
Call 1-877-3-CALLBP to request the complimentary Marriage Amendment information packet, which includes articles on marriage and family by William Bennett and Stanley Kurtz, the Evangelicals and Catholics Together statement on marriage, the text of the Federal Marriage Amendment, and a chart from the Alliance for Marriage articles, and more to help you speak effectively and compassionately on the issue of homosexuality and marriage.
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