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The Question on Marriage Has Been Answered

Posted by thelamp on November 22, 2006

Once again, God’s definition of marriage is before a judge. Last week, the California Supreme Court was asked to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the state’s preference for biblically defined marriage. When will the attack on holy matrimony end?

“Even though citizens in seven more states used Election Day to protect marriage in their state constitutions, it is evident that marriage will not be safe in America until a federal Marriage Protection Amendment becomes a part of the U.S. Constitution,” said the Center for Moral Clarity’s president and founder, Pastor Rod Parsley. “Including the 20 states that have protected marriage in the state constitution, there are now a total of 43 states with some sort of legal restriction limiting marriage to the union of a man and woman. That’s the way God designed it. Nevertheless, opponents of Scripture and tradition have become further entrenched.”

Defenders of marriage have endured intense battles in California. Last year, a bill to legalize these counterfeit weddings was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said he would leave the final decision to the courts.
There’s a chance the high court in California will refuse to hear the case, but even if the justices decide to review the matter, they will do so without the two women who initiated the legal action.

Lancy Woo and Cristy Chung, lead plaintiffs in this high-profile debate that has attracted international attention, have split up and are no longer involved in the lawsuit. It seems rather silly to be wasting taxpayers’ money on a legal battle started by a couple more suited for divorce than marriage.

Woo and Chung became a poster couple for equal marriage rights in 2004. They were among 8,000 same-gender couples participating in faux marriage ceremonies in San Francisco, before the state Supreme Court halted the unholy march to the altar.

Here’s how the case has evolved:

  • In April 2005, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A Kramer ruled that barring same-gender couples from marriage unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry.
  • The California Court of Appeal overturned Judge Kramer’s ruling in a 2-1 decision last month, saying that California may continue to uphold biblical marriage.
  • The petition filed last week asks the California Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeal’s decision.

It’s troubling that more than 250 religious and civil rights organizations – including the California NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as the California Council of Churches – have filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The California Supreme Court has 60 days to rule on the petition, and may extend that period up to 30 days. The court should either remain silent, letting the lower court’s support for marriage prevail, or hear the case and make a clear statement to resolve this debate.

Bible believers across the country are waiting; and God is watching.



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