Churches Invited to
"Stand for Marriage"
On Sunday, April 26th
Christian churches across the country are joining together this Sunday to pledge their allegiance to God's design for marriage and the family. The Family Research Council is sponsoring "Stand for Marriage Sunday" to demonstrate the Christian community's solidarity with marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The pro-marriage event occurs just prior to one of the most crucial moments in the history of the United States of America. The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case on Tuesday, April 28th, which could lead to the permanent redefinition of marriage in our country to include same-sex unions.
The case before the Supreme Court is known as Obergefell v. Hodges. The High Court will be hearing appeals of a decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the traditional marriage laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
This is the first time the U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling directly on the demands of homosexual activists that marriage be transformed in the United States to encompass the legal union of homosexual "couples." High-profile lawyers for the "gay rights" movement will be arguing that the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution require the establishment of so-called same-sex "marriage."
Despite the fact that neither the language of the U.S. Constitution, the history of legal jurisprudence, or the precedents of federal constitutional law, support such an outcome, lower federal courts have taken it upon themselves to invent a constitutional right to homosexual "marriage." Several U.S. District Court and U.S. Appeals Court judges have struck down state constitutional amendments preserving traditional marriage and repudiated the overwhelming position of American voters in defense of the traditional family.
As a result, a total of 36 states now have legalized same-sex "marriage." In only three of those states did the voters choose to redefine marriage themselves. In almost all of the others, federal or state judges have imposed their own radical views about "equality" on the people in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. These tyrannical rulings have reflected reckless disregard for the child welfare and social benefits of man-woman marriage, and utter contempt for the family values and spiritual heritage of our nation.
In 2004, Missouri voters endorsed a state constitutional amendment preserving marriage as the union of a man and a woman by a decisive margin of 71 to 29 percent. Two state judges and a federal judge have struck down the will of Missouri voters, mandating that local recorders of deeds must issue "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples." The fate of Missouri's Marriage Amendment is now before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where oral arguments in the Lawson v. Kelly case will be heard on May 12th in Omaha, Nebraska.
Yet the focus remains on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely to issue a definitive ruling in the Obergefell case by late June. The High Court's decision is expected to have the same far-reaching social, political, and legal impact as the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. In that ruling, the Supreme Court struck down all state laws restricting the performance of abortions, and forced abortion-on-demand on all 50 states in the Union.
Should the Supreme Court now force same-sex "marriage" on every state in the country, it will irreversibly alter the individual and collective character of the American family. It is obvious that such a decision would corrupt and pervert the institution of marriage by legitimizing and sacramentalizing a relationship that God has called an abomination. What is not so obvious is how a new definition of marriage changes for good the meaning, nature, and purpose of marriage.
Marriage would be transformed from a sacrificial covenant relationship focused on raising children and the welfare of future generations, to a self-serving relationship focused on the mutual benefit and immediate personal gratification of the contracting parties. Furthermore, it would now be political and legal gospel that children are not entitled to, nor do they need or deserve, both a father and mother in their life.
We strongly encourage you to participate in Stand for Marriage Sunday on April 26th. The Family Research Council has prepared a short video to be shown in churches that explains the grave threat posed by same-sex "marriage" to the future of the family and to the religious liberties of Christians. If you are a pastor, we urge you to share this video with your congregation during service this Sunday. If you are a church member, we encourage you to contact the pastoral staff of your church and request that they use this video during service this Sunday.
You can access the video by using this link:
Stand for Marriage Video
The Family Research Council has also prepared a bulletin insert which we suggest you insert into your bulletin this weekend. That insert challenges Christians to pray for the Supreme Court justices as they deliberate over this ever so serious case. Prayers should be especially focused on Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is expected to be the key arbiter of the final decision in this matter.
You can access a copy of the bulletin insert by using this link:
Stand for Marriage Bulletin Insert
Never before has the family been under greater assault in the United States than today. Never before has religious freedom been at greater risk in our nation than today. Never before have Christian values been in greater danger of being suppressed and silenced than right now.
Please join us in taking a Stand for Marriage this Sunday, and pray for the Supreme Court to respect and uphold God's plan for marriage and family life.