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Left’s Marriage Claim Rings False

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When it comes to believing marriage is solely the union of one man and one woman, tens of millions of Americans “can’t be dismissed as outliers with odd views.” That was the message of FRC’s Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, Cathy Ruse, as she introduced yesterday’s FRC panel discussion (video here) of next week’s Supreme Court hearing which will decide whether state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Cathy was joined on the panel by Gene Schaerr, a former clerk for both then-Chief Justice Warren Berger and current Assoc. Justice Antonin Scalia. In 2014, Schaerr left his role at the firm Winston and Strawn where he was a partner and chair of the Appellate and Critical Motions Practice in order to defend Utah’s marriage law. Gene said that the Court is wandering into the same terrain as it did in 1857, when it declared in its Dred Scott opinion that African-Americans were, essentially, non-persons.

In its sweeping (and revolting) ruling, the Court thought it was putting the issue of slavery to rest. Gene noted that the unexpected result of this sweeping ruling led to great unrest leading to the Civil War. While no one suggests the upcoming Court ruling on marriage will result in armed violence, Gene said, we can see from Dred Scott and Roe that blanket, anti-democratic Supreme Court rulings fray the fabric of republican self-government rather than mend it.

The Rev. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. highlighted research showing that children raised by same-sex partners demonstrably have less hopeful outcomes emotionally, educationally, and professionally than those raised by a mom and a dad. For example, as he wrote recently in his FRC study, “Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition,” “Emotional problems were over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.” The fourth member of the panel, John-Henry Westen, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews, who bravely argued that not to stand against same-sex marriage is not a symptom of animosity, but love: Love so strong it is willing to say that those who want to engage in harmful behavior that what they desire will hurt them.

Cathy concluded her remarks by asking a poignant question: “The question is: is the state becoming a church, and using its power to compel adherence to its moral doctrines?” That should resonate with all Americans who care about the future of religious liberty and their very standing as citizens. That’s why FRC is calling on churches and believers across the country to pray this coming Sunday, April 26. Join us for “Stand for Marriage Sunday” and, together, let’s lift up the Supreme Court, those litigating for marriage, and our nation before the God of all nations.



 

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