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Landmark Vote on Marriage Due Next Week in U.S. Senate

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The U.S. Senate will cast its most important vote of this or any year the week of June 5, when it considers S.J.R. 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment. The outcome of the vote will tell the American people whether its elected leaders defend the historical view of marriage, or shun it in favor of untried and unproven concepts of morality. Click here to read Pastor Rod Parsley’s recent column on the MPA.

CMC urges its members and all believers to mobilize this week to advocate for the MPA before the U.S. Senate and in the court of public opinion. Churches are urged to recognize the sanctity of biblical marriage this Sunday, June 4, which has been designed as Marriage Protection Sunday.

Click here to see how you can impact the debate over marriage.

“We’ll learn a lot about the members of the U.S. Senate after the vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment,” says Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity (the vote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6). “Next to the life issue, I can’t imagine a vote that more clearly demonstrates whether an elected official is fit to lead than whether he or she will defend the sanctity of traditional marriage. A leader who would vote against the MPA either doesn’t understand what allowing alternate forms of marriage would do to our society or doesn’t care about the destruction of the family.

“All of the arguments for allowing same-sex unions sound reasonable and compassionate, but we must not let common sense get in the way of our desire to treat people with respect. The fact is, we already know what happens when marriage is devalued, because that has been the case in Scandinavia for nearly 20 years now. For example, the rate of out-of-wedlock births in Sweden has risen to 56 percent of all life births. In Denmark, 60 percent of all first-born children have unmarried parents. We know what family arrangement works best for children – a marriage between one man and one woman. The Senate should recognize that by voting for the MPA.”

The Senate vote also will send a statement to activist judges, who increasingly have rejected our nation’s history where marriage is concerned and seen fit to impose their own view of morality on the people they are pledged to serve. “The definition of marriage needs to be put out of the reach of activist judges once and for all,” said Pastor Parsley. “A Senate vote for the MPA will tell us who approves of the tactics of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, who imposed same-sex marriage on that state, and who rejects them.”

CMC urges churches across the nation to use their services this Sunday, June 4, to call attention to the MPA vote, and encourage their congregations to contact their U.S. Senators next week on the issue. We especially are asking for church members to call their Senators Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6. Contact information for your U.S. Senators is available here, or you can call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

To help your church prepare for Marriage Protection Sunday, CMC has developed free, informative resources for pastors to reinforce the truth about biblical marriage and the MPA, and to encourage members to call and fax their Senators. They include:

Here’s are ways individual believers can help raise the voice of morality on marriage:

  • Encourage key Senators. Click here for a document with the Washington phone numbers of 10 senators who need encouragement to attend meetings of the Senate’s working group on the MPA. If your senator is on this list, please call him or her this week. Some of those listed campaigned on the marriage issue and need particular encouragement to help see the MPA passed next month.
  • Urge your U.S. Senators to vote for the MPA. Senators of both political parties need to hear from the voters in their states, so they’ll understand that the vast majority of Americans want the definition of marriage in this nation to remain what it has always been – the union of one man and one woman. Here’s how to express your support for the MPA:
  • By Phone – Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your senator’s office, or < href=”; mce_href=”; target=”_blank”>click here for direct contact information for both of your senators’ offices.
  • By Fax – Your faxed letter of support for the MPA will have a tremendous impact. Click here for a list of Senators’ fax numbers.
  • By E-Mail. Senators track the e-mails they receive for and against every issue they vote upon. CMC has prepared three different e-mails you can send to your U.S. Senators.
    • Click here to send an e-mail focusing on how the MPA will help preserve America’s leadership on the biblical definition of marriage.
    • Click here to send an e-mail emphasizing the need to take this issue away from the judiciary.
    • Click here to send an e-mail that focuses on the legacy we will be leaving future generations if the MPA is not approved.

The Senate vote on the MPA will make a critical difference in the future of our society. It will be an uphill battle to get the required two-thirds majority of senators to vote for the MPA, but the record of their votes will be critical going into the Nov. 7 midterm elections.

Thanks for responding on behalf of righteousness and justice!


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One Response to “Landmark Vote on Marriage Due Next Week in U.S. Senate”

  1. garyM said

    do you mind if i comment here?

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