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Battle for Biblical Marriage Moves to the House

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Following the disappointing vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment June 7, the battle for traditional marriage moves to the House of Representatives, where a vote is planned next month.

The House version of the amendment is H.J.R. 88, sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo. No date is set for the House vote at this time, but House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has publicly said one will take place.

“It will be interesting to see whether the House responds to the will of the people on this issue,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Thanks to the recent vote in the Senate, we know which members of that body stand with values voters on this issue and which members stands against us. We deserve the same information about our Members of Congress before the Nov. 7 elections.”

To send an e-mail to your Member of Congress, asking him or her to vote for the Marriage Protection Amendment, click here.

The Senate voted 49 to 48 to cut off debate on the Marriage Protection Amendment, preventing it from coming to the floor for an up-or-down vote. That’s just one more vote than proponents of traditional marriage received during a similar vote in 2004. A supermajority of 60 votes is required to end debate on a piece of legislation. A two-thirds vote would be required to approve the amendment in the House as well. That would be 290 votes if all members were present. At this time it’s unlikely that the amendment would received that many votes in the House of Representatives.

CMC considers a vote to cut off debate the equivalent of support for the amendment, and a vote against cloture the same as a vote against the amendment.

Click here to find out how your Senator voted on the cloture vote.

Pastor Parsley was among a select group of evangelical Christian leaders, constitutional scholars and community activists who joined President Bush June 5 at the White House as the President advocated for the MPA. Click here to read a transcript of the President’s remarks.

“I was humbled by the President’s decision to invite me,” Pastor Parsley said. “It’s a tribute to the difference CMC has made in the public arena that he would ask me to join great leaders like Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council to hear him speak from his heart on the need for this amendment.

“I was happy to represent the millions of Christians who have prayed so fervently for Congress to respond to the will of the people. I was also grateful that the President spoke publicly in support of the amendment. His remarks were spoken with great conviction and sincerity. I truly believe President Bush understands the gravity of this matter and desires marriage in the United States to be defined by biblical standards.”

Unfortunately, the Senate vote gives momentum to opponents of marriage, who no doubt will continue to seek judges willing to redefine marriage to suit their political biases. “There’s no question that the rulings of activist judges have brought us to this point,” said Pastor Parsley. “We wouldn’t be seeking to secure the definition of marriage in the U.S. Constitution if state and federal judges hadn’t changed the landscape of this issue, beginning with the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2003.”

“This much is clear: an irresponsible judiciary has made this amendment necessary. We’d love to decide this issue on the state level – where the people have had a chance to vote on biblical marriage 20 times and have approved it all 20 – but the courts have taken that option away from us.”

Source: www.centerformoralclarity.net

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