Most of the comments I’ve received regarding this post will not be published–there are too many activists who have waaaaaay too much hatred in their hearts when it comes to anyone (like me) with a differing point of view.
I’m deeply offended when activists claim those of us who believe a marriage can only occur between a man and a woman are filled with hatred toward homosexuals. It’s not about hate or phobia, it’s about biology (plumbing if you will), sociology, anthropology, and history.
Nonetheless the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Despite many mainstream media outlets claiming the ruling is a total victory for so-called “same-sex marriage,” the decision does not create a constitutional right for same-sex partners.
The Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, meaning that the federal government cannot define marriage for its own federal policies and federal laws, but must accept whatever states decide. The ruling does not affect Section 2, which says that no state is required to recognize another state’s redefinition of the institution.
In striking down Section 3 of DOMA the Court failed to recognize that, just as the states have constitutional authority to make state policy about marriage, Congress can pass a federal statute defining a term used in federal law, and that’s what DOMA has done for marriage. Because Section 2 of DOMA still stands, no state will be required to recognize another state’s redefinition of marriage.
Therefore, despite the wishes of homosexual activists, the critical role of marriage is not diminished by this decision. The Court’s ruling did not create a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage as it did for abortion in 1973. Likewise the Court did not declare same-sex marriage a civil right on the order of ethnicity or nationality.
Those who want to redefine marriage suffered a significant defeat. The Supreme Court refused to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and rejected their request to impose a redefinition of marriage on all 50 states.
To date thirty-eight states affirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman, and 94 percent of countries worldwide affirm the same.
Meanwhile the Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8 has allowed a victory for judicial tyranny. Californians, like citizens of all states, should be able to count on their elected officials to stand up for initiatives passed by the people. However leftist Governor Jerry Brown and close-friend-of-Obama, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, refused to do their duty to defend Proposition 8. In it’s decision the Supreme Court of the United States declared that if state executives refuse to defend state laws, the people can’t stand up for themselves.
That’s not government of the people, by the people, and for the people–that’s tyranny.
My personal hope for those who are attracted to members of the same sex is identical to the hope I have for America—that they/we will be liberated by the love of God. As Saint Paul said in the New Testament book of Romans: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10).
That’s not hate. That’s real love.