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Nothing Holy About New Jersey Ruling on Matrimony

Posted by thelamp on November 6, 2006

Couples in New Jersey, regardless of the mates’ gender, are entitled to the same legal and financial protections as men and women united in traditional holy matrimony. That absurd ruling was announced last week by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

It’s infuriating. Judges with their own agendas are thumbing their noses at lawmakers and the people who elected them. Same-sex marriage is being forced upon the majority of Americans by a small group of wayward people. Make no mistake, homosexual activists won’t stop until they have dismantled this sacred institution. A federal Marriage Protection Amendment would stop this nonsense.

The future of families is at stake. Christians can no longer be subdued. They must speak now or forever live with the consequences. The biblical definition of what constitutes holy matrimony is the union of a man and a woman under Christ’s direction and authority. That can only change if God, who created the institution of marriage, is removed.

“Bible-believing Americans are not so focused on the economy or the war in Iraq that they can’t see the assault that’s being made from within the nation,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “If values voters were ambivalent about their participation in the political process, they shouldn’t be. More than anything else, the case in New Jersey emphasizes the urgent need for a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Christians have to realize how important a role they play in determining the nation’s public policy.”

The good news is that the New Jersey ruling is not nearly as sweeping as the 2003 decision in Massachusetts, where the state supreme court determined that it was unconstitutional not to permit “faux marriages.” New Jersey’s decision is more like the verdict in Vermont: marriage must be expanded to include same-sex unions, or else the state must create a parallel structure that provides civil unions with the same rights.

The New Jersey judges also took the bold step of commanding the state legislature to enact new laws within 180 days. Doesn’t this sound backward? Legislators should be acting on the instructions of the citizens they represent, not a court.

The judges didn’t usurp all of the legislature’s power. They did leave it to state representatives to determine what to call the counterfeit marriages.

Holy matrimony is not completely dead in New Jersey; at least, not yet. Residents still have the option of amending the state’s constitution. The salt and light of the earth, as it is their charge, must reclaim marriage and keep it holy.

New Jersey Republican state Sen. Gerald Cardinale already has proposed a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. He has already taken action to put the amendment before the people of New Jersey as a referendum in 2007. If you live in New Jersey, send an e-mail to Sen. Cardinale and let him know you support a marriage amendment to the state constitution.

Both California and Florida saw their petition drives to put an amendment on the ballot fail this year. Saving an institution is not an easy task. It’s no understatement that ballot initiatives require the momentum of many dedicated people in order to succeed.



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