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Missouri Family E-News

December 31, 2013

                             
U.S. Judge Opens Door
to Polygamy     

 

A federal judge has ruled that polygamous common law marriages in Utah are protected by the U.S. Constitution.   

 

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down Utah laws prohibiting plural marriages insofar as they apply to multiple spouses who are cohabiting but have not been legally wed.

 

Judge Waddoups claimed that such relationships are legally protected under the "right to privacy" invented by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Griswold and Roe v. Wade decisions.

 

The lawsuit was filed by Kody Brown, the central figure in the television reality series Sister Wives aired on the TLC Channel.  Brown has four "wives," only one of which he has legally married.

 

Judge Waddoups stated in his ruling that Brown's polygamous "partnerships" were "practical and morally defensible" elements of "the rights of privacy and repose emanating from...the Bill of Rights."

 

Judge Waddoups further stated that the "sister wives" arrangement was a matter of religious freedom, and the right of the parties to "religious cohabitation."   

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, called the polygamy ruling the latest example of judicial "incoherence."

 

"Throughout history, marriage has been future-oriented, focused on the next generation and the best interests of children.  Redefining marriage to fulfill the desires of same-sex couples or polygamists only moves society away from this vital public interest and creates social chaos."

 

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, says that the decision ignores the lessons of history.

 

"Polygamy was outlawed in this country because it was demonstrated, again and again, to hurt women and children.  This is what happens when marriage becomes about the emotional and sexual wants of adults, divorced from the needs of children."

 

"When reality TV scenarios drive our judicial decisions, we've truly reached a strange time in American life."   

 

    
Good News Story: God Still Saves

Each year brings notable developments and new personalities to the national debate over public policy and the American way of life.

Once in a while, in the midst of cultural clashes and political power struggles, a story emerges which reveals the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

One such story this year involved a familiar personality on Fox News named Kirsten Powers.  Kirsten formerly worked in the Clinton Administration and on national Democratic campaigns.  She has appeared regularly on Fox News as a political analyst, offering views from a liberal Democratic perspective.

In a move that stunned many of her friends and colleagues, Powers announced in November in a Christianity Today article that she had made the decision to make Jesus Christ the Lord of her Life.

Powers wrote:  "If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion--especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt...Everyone I knew was politically left-leaning, and my group of friends was overwhelmingly atheist."

Powers was introduced to Christianity by a boyfriend.  As she attended church with him and then read the Bible, she concluded "that the weight of evidence was on the side of Christianity."  Powers says she then experienced an encounter with God during a trip to Taiwan.

She says that she became convinced that God was for real after attending a Bible study, where she "was filled with indescribable joy."  "It's true, it's completely true," she said as she left the study.

"The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately," she recounted.  "I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God.  It was pointless."

"Everywhere I turned there He was.  Slowly there was less fear and more joy.  The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me--whether I liked it or not."

Powers has demonstrated concrete evidence of her conversion.  She recently penned a fiery column decrying late-term abortion
and condemning arguments that opposition to abortion is a "war on women."

Kirsten's testimony is a stirring reminder that the arm of the Lord is not too short to reach any of us.  We pray that the Hound of Heaven will be welcome in the United States of America during 2014.

You can read the Christianity Today article at this link:
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Utah Federal Judge
Takes Wrecking Ball
to Marriage Laws 

The sacred institution of marriage has taken another serious blow from yet another radical member of the federal judiciary.  In the latest episode of judicial tyranny, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby has mandated that the State of Utah redefine marriage to include same-sex unions.

Judge Shelby's decree declares that the provision in Utah's state constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional.  Shelby claims that Utah's marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

Shelby's decision contradicts the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, in which the High Court ruled that the "the definition and regulation of marriage...has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States."

In the Windsor case, the Supreme Court cited the history of marriage laws in America, saying: "The states, at the time of adoption of the Constitution, possessed full power over the subject of marriage and divorce...and the Constitution delegated no authority to the Government of the United States on the subject of marriage and divorce."

Yet Supreme Court precedent didn't keep another lawless federal judge like Robert Shelby from imposing his own personal political agenda.  Shelby proclaimed that homosexuals have a "fundamental right" under the U.S. Constitution to "marry," despite the fact that the subject of marriage is nowhere contained in the document.  In fully fictional fashion, Shelby pronounced that homosexual "marriage" is "deeply rooted in the nation's history."

Shelby's 53-page "gay rights" manifesto came just 16 days after hearings on the matter.  As further evidence of his dictatorial objectives, Shelby refused to grant a customary stay of his momentous decision until the case could be appealed to a higher court.  As further evidence of the bankrupt nature of the federal judiciary, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to place a hold on Shelby's arbitrary decision until they could hear an appeal of his ruling.

Shelby's assertion that the equal protection provisions of the federal constitution mandate so-called same-sex "marriage" is nothing short of ludicrous.  Not a single member of Congress who voted for the Bill of Rights or the 14th Amendment understood that language to encompass the right of homosexuals to pretend to be "married."  Not a single member of the legislatures of the many states who ratified the Bill of Rights or the 14th Amendment ever intended their votes to endorse the corruption and perversion of the institution of marriage.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert denounced the judicial edict from Judge Shelby, who was appointed by President Barack Obama.  "The ruling from Judge Shelby has created a chaotic situation in our state.  I am very disappointed that an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah.  I am working to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah."  Voters in Utah adopted their marriage amendment in 2004 with support of 66 percent of Utah citizens.

Homosexual activists hope the Shelby decision will lead to a nationwide redefinition of marriage.  "If this judge is right, all 50 states must legalize same-sex 'marriage'," says Clifford Rosky, a law professor at the University of Utah and himself a homosexual rights advocate.  "The logic of this decision is not limited to Utah in any way."

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization of Marriage, called the ruling "a travesty of justice."  "This trend of vetoing the voters from the bench must be stopped.  It is clear that the people of America need to reclaim their sovereignty and amend the U.S. Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Bryan Babione, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, urged Utah state officials to vigorously defend the constitutional prerogatives of Utah residents.  "The government's purpose for recognizing marriage is to bring together a man and a a woman to be a father and mother to any children their union may produce."

"The ruling in this case ignores that time-tested understanding of marriage and replaces it with the recently conceived notion that marriage means special recognition for close relationships.  A court should not impose this shortsighted, novel view of marriage on the people of Utah."

In related news, the New Mexico Supreme Court has mandate the redefinition of marriage in that state to include same-gender unions.  New Mexico's High Court ruled that state laws "limiting" marriage to the union of one man and one woman are not "substantially related to an important government interest."  New Mexico does not have a marriage amendment in their state constitution.

"The unfortunate effects this will have on society are sweeping," says Voices for Values, a New Mexico pro-family organization.  "The court chose to issue a mandate and tear down an important pillar of our society--the traditional family.  This opens new opportunities for the family to be undermined and our society's threads to be ravaged."

Jim Campbell, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, says that the New Mexico Supreme Court decision abrogates the democratic process.  "The court has constitutionalized a view of marriage previously unknown in the Land of Enchantment and never chosen by the people."

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