Senate Candidates Speak out in Defense of Traditional Marriage
Missouri candidates for the U.S. Senate are speaking out in defense of traditional marriage in the wake of President Obama's push to redefine the institution of marriage. All three major Republican Senatorial candidates have strongly condemned Obama's formal
announcement of support for redefining marriage to include same-sex unions.
Since his election to office, President Obama has been a rabid and frenetic advocate for the homosexual rights agenda. His administration has refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and has derided state constitutional amendments preserving traditional marriage as "hateful" and "divisive." Now the President has admitted what has been obvious for quite some time--that he is a champion of so-called same-sex "marriage."
In an unsurprising display of Biblical illiteracy, President Obama says he based his decision on the Scriptures. "When we think about our faith, the thing that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing Himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule."
Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman
says she was saddened, but not shocked by the President's remarks on marriage. "It saddens me that the President would seek to cheapen the institution of marriage. I promise you that my position on this issue is crystal clear and unwavering. My view of marriage will never change. I will always fight to protect the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman."
In fact, Steelman has done so during her career in public service. During her tenure in the Missouri State Senate, Steelman sponsored the amendment to Missouri's Constitution preserving traditional marriage in our state. Missouri voters approved that amendment in August 2004 with the overwhelming support of 71% of those who cast ballots. Missouri's marriage amendment states "that to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall only exist between a man and a woman."
St. Louis businessman John Brunner
also expressed strong disapproval of Obama's campaign to change the meaning and definition of marriage. "The President now wants the federal government to redefine marriage everywhere in our country with his newly 'evolved' support for same-sex 'marriage.' My consistent conservative belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman and it is a belief I will fight for in the United States Senate."
Congressman Todd Akin denounced the President's action as "an attack on our moral values." Akin deplored what he called President Obama's "unquenchable desire to tear down the traditional family unit brick by brick."
Incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
sought to sidestep the issue, saying it is "a personal issue for many Missourians." A spokesman for McCaskill said that she believes that states "should take the lead in determining marriage equality," a statement that makes clear that the Senator supports the redefinition of marriage. McCaskill stood at odds with the people of Missouri when she opposed passage of the state marriage amendment in 2004.
Missouri's counterpart, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, vowed to continue to defend traditional marriage. "Marriage is one of the essential building blocks of the traditional family. I will continue to support the Defense of Marriage Act and protect what our Founding Fathers intended in the U.S. Constitution."
In the meantime, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment promoted by Congressman Akin
prohibiting the use of U.S. military installations for the performance of same-sex union ceremonies. The U.S. Defense Department has authorized same-sex "marriages" in military chapels in states where so-called "gay marriage" has been legalized, in clear violation of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Armed Services Committee also adopted an amendment sponsored by Akin protecting the conscience rights of military chaplains and service members. The amendment preserves the religious freedom of chaplains to oppose the practice of homosexuality on moral grounds without fear of retaliation.
"Service members and chaplains are facing recrimination for their sincerely held moral and religious beliefs," Akin observed. "Objections voiced to same-sex 'marriage' or the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' have become potentially career-ending. The President's use of the military to justify his support for same-sex 'marriage' will only add fuel to the fire, potentially forcing service members and chaplains to violate their own consciences or face recrimination."
President Obama's support for the perversion of marriage stands in sharp defiance of the expressed sentiment of the American people on this issue. Last
week, North Carolina became the 31st state to amend its constitution to clarify that marriage can only be legally recognized as the union of a man and a woman. Despite millions of dollars spent by the "gay rights" lobby and a flood of false and misleading media propaganda, the amendment passed with a very strong 61% majority.
Jeffrey Kuhner, President of the Edmund Burke Institute had this to say about the President's announcement: "For decades, liberals--aided and abetted by the popular culture--have been bringing
homosexuality into the mainstream. It is slowly being promoted in public schools and constantly being glamorized in television shows and movies. The more the homosexual agenda is spread, the more militant its advocates become. They no longer want toleration. They want full social acceptance."
"Once marriage falls, only one institution will be left standing in their way: traditional Christianity. The ultimate aim of the radical left has been to destroy religion--especially western Christendom. Once religion dies, so does the culture and the civilization it spawned. America is at a crossroads, enmeshed in a cultural war with homosexual advocates like Mr. Obama who are determined to strike at the very nexus of our civilization."