Chuck Colson

But, as he reminds us, this mockery of wedlock started ?decades ago.? It started when hundreds of thousands of heterosexual couples started ?buying basset hounds rather than bassinets; started indulging in extramarital affairs; and started fulfilling divorce attorneys? dreams of avarice.? The result was marriages that more closely resembled the one depicted in De-Lovely than the traditional model.

This doesn?t mean that we shouldn?t fight the attempt to extend the marriage franchise to same-sex couples. It?s still a mockery of a sacred institution. But it does mean that our efforts should be part of what Christensen calls a ?broader effort to restore moral and religious integrity to marriage as a heterosexual institution.?

Until that happens, marriage, regardless of who gets a marriage license, will remain an institution in jeopardy.

For further reading and information:

Bryce Christensen, Ph.D., ? Why Homosexuals Want What Marriage Has Now Become ,? The Family in America, Howard  Center for Family, Religion, and Society, April 2004.

Roberto Rivera , ? Love, Marriage, and Family ,? BreakPoint Online, 24 March 2004 .

Roberto Rivera , ? Fixing Marriage at the Wrong End ,? Beliefnet, 20 January 2004 .

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead and David Popenoe, ? The Marrying Kind: Which Men Marry and Why ,? The State of Our Unions, The National Marriage Project, 2004.

Alan Cooperman, ? Church ?Protect Marriage Day? Is Urged ,? Washington Post, 26 June 2004 , A24.

Joshua Livestro, ? Dutch Decline: Losing interest in matrimony ,? National Review, 29 June 2004 .

See BreakPoint?s sanctity of marriage resource page .

Visit One Hundred Thousand Ministers  for information on what pastors can do.

Call 1-877-322-5527 to request the free BreakPoint marriage amendment information packet and the free ?Talking Points on Marriage and Same-Sex Unions.? Also available is the Speak the Truth in Love kit (suggested donation: $25).

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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