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Christ Is Our Life in the Family (11 of 12)
November 16, 2003
INTRODUCTION: Why do we need a Federal Marriage Amendment in America? Soon the House and Senate will be debating this question.
"Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."
The first sentence prohibits the redefinition of marriage by either a court decision or any action of a state legislature.
The second sentence preserves the democratic process at the state level by allowing state legislatures to determine the allocation of the benefits associated with marriage.
In layman's terms, this means the FMA will ensure that the Constitutional status of marriage is determined by the American people and their representatives, rather than by unelected judges.
Recently, President George Bush said, "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and I believe we ought to codify that one way or the other."
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said, "Marriage is very simple: a union between one man and one woman, not two men or three men or four men, or one man, or one woman, or two women, three women, or three women and three men.
It's not that. It's one man, one woman. It's what the law of the land is."
The institution of marriage is on the ropes and Western civilization itself appears to hang in the balance.
The first blow came on June 10, 2003, when three imperious judges on the Canadian Supreme Court declared the exclusivity of marriage between one man and one woman to be unconstitutional.
The decision to redefine this historic institution was made by an unelected and unaccountable judiciary without the concurrence of the Canadian people or their representatives in Parliament. Legalization of ...
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