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Biblical Marriage Wins a Round in Clash of Cultures

Posted by thelamp on February 26, 2007

Advocates of biblical marriage scored a noteworthy victory in America’s raging culture war. This particular battle was fought in the Michigan Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel unanimously ruled Feb. 2 that the state’s marriage amendment trumps domestic partner legislation.

The decision, which sets a precedent for other states wrestling with the marriage question, prohibits the state’s municipal governments and public universities from providing health insurance to partners of homosexual employees. Such a benefit ought to be reserved for the employee’s legal spouse and dependents, and that was the express purpose of amending the state constitution.

In 2004, Michigan joined 10 other states in a national movement to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. With the amendment, Christians in Michigan effectively closed a troubling loophole that circumvented Scripture: recognizing domestic partners as a way of treating same-gender couples as if they had been united in holy matrimony.

Although the supremacy of biblical marriage is a moral triumph, it also will have a significant financial impact. Tax dollars contribute to salaries and employment benefits for the men and women who work in state jobs. Bible-believing Christians, who also are taxpayers, are correct in refusing to subsidize immoral lifestyles that directly oppose Christ’s instruction for family life.

It was the prophet of old, Elijah, who stood amid a generation much like contemporary society and challenged the people to choose their position on either side of the social line, commanding them to wave not between two opinions. Similarly, America is a nation divided against itself.

“The timeless principles on which this nation was built have become the ridicule of the age by a group of degenerate renegades and a band of Bible-hating moral outlaws,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “We must draw the line somewhere, making a firm decision on which side we are to stand.”

Since marriage is a coveted trophy in the 21st-century clash of cultures, it’s no surprise that the ACLU has vowed to take this case to federal court. Federal judges have been far more willing to forsake righteousness than jurists in state court systems. So, pray that this Michigan ruling stands. If it does, its effect of nullifying domestic partnership legislation will reverberate wherever marriage is protected by a constitutional amendment.

Speaking of marriage amendments, here’s the status of ongoing efforts to pass them:

Illinois
A proposed constitutional amendment to affirm the definition of marriage advanced out of the Republican-controlled Illinois state Senate last week after little debate. The resolution passed 39-10 and is headed to the House, which Democrats control 51-49.

For the amendment to become official, it would have to pass the Illinois General Assembly this year or next without any changes, and then be approved in a statewide vote in the 2008 general election.

Florida
Gov. Charlie Crist dampened a controversial effort to make biblical marriage a part of the state constitution last week, saying that the Republican Party of Florida should not give money to help the effort.

The party gave $300,000 to Florida4Marriage.org to help get the ban on the statewide ballot last year, but the petition drive was unsuccessful. The GOP was the largest contributor to the group, which has collected about $430,000 as it now aims for the 2008 election.

New Jersey
Supporters of traditional marriage in New Jersey are organizing a petition drive calling for a referendum on whether marriage should be legally defined as a union between a man and a woman. The drive is led by the New Jersey Coalition to Preserve and Protect Marriage.

Despite the ballot initiative, civil union legislation takes effect in the state this week. Organizers of the marriage amendment effort want lawmakers to consider changing the New Jersey Constitution to formalize the definition of marriage and prevent civil union laws from being amended to become same-sex marriage legislation.

Maryland
The state Supreme Court is expected to rule this year on a lawsuit by same-gender couples seeking the right to marry.

California
The issue of same-sex marriage is before the state Supreme Court and the legislature. Last week in Sacramento, several state lawmakers and gay activists reintroduced a bill in the general assembly that would allow same-sex couples to marry. The legislature passed a similar bill in 2005, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wisely vetoed it.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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One Response to “Biblical Marriage Wins a Round in Clash of Cultures”

  1. Good news yet again. However, we must all be prepared. This won’t continue. Before the end this will get worse, not better.

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