Chuck Colson

You would be wrong. The New York Times simply reprinted the AP story. David Buckel, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, downplayed the ruling?s significance and called the Nebraska law ?unique.?

Why the muted response? Because the ruling proves that social conservatives are right about activist judges and about the need for the Federal Marriage Amendment. Opponents of the proposed amendment have argued that it?s unnecessary since states have enacted their own constitutional amendments defining marriage.

I suppose we can thank Judge Bataillon for proving that this approach will not work. A judge?s willingness to characterize the will of 70 percent of the electorate as ?animus? manifests a contempt for democratic decision-making. When judges feel free to substitute their opinion for nearly everybody else?s, only a constitutional amendment will do.

That?s the message you need to send to your U.S. representative and senators. Put this matter beyond the reach of judges whose animus for the electorate knows no bounds. We need a federal marriage amendment now.

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Today?s BreakPoint offer: Call 1-877-322-5527 to request BreakPoint?s free Marriage Amendment Information Packet.

Associated Press, ?Judge Voids Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Nebraska,? New York Times, 13 May 2005 .

?Same-sex marriage ban axed,? Omaha World-Herald, 13 May 2005 .

?Gay marriage ban in Nebraska voided,? Kansas City Star, 13 May 2005 .

See BreakPoint?s sanctity of marriage research page.

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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