THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT - ANOTHER TROJAN HORSE
There are many movements that are commendable. Who could argue about trying to save marriage? But this marriage amendment is not only a bad idea; it is a scary Trojan horse. Just like our government to create a crisis in the family then use our ignorance against us to pretend to fix it. Most of the policy of the government for the last 50 years has been detrimental to the family, and now they want to be our friend. In 1996 Congress signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) with Clinton signing it into law. It states that Marriage is between one man and one woman. This is good, so why a marriage amendment? This seemingly innocuous constitutional amendment appeals to the good, patriotic American, but contains hidden dangers that would greatly harm our republic. I would like to know who is behind this and how they have convinced the majority of pro family organizations to back it?
This is so bad I hardly know where to begin.
First major problem about a "marriage amendment" is the lie that needs to be told to convince Christians that the problem with this sodomy attack on marriage is the U.S. Constitution. That the Constitution is not adequate to handle this problem, so it must be changed. This is terrible propaganda and they should not be able to get away with this, and the pro-family organizations should not allow them to.
The problem is not with the Constitution. Hello, the problem is those who put their hands on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. They either have not read it, or just refuse to go by it. We have 400 years of case law that states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The judges, until just a few years ago, have always used the Bible as a reference to what was right. The case law in most states uses the scriptures to define sodomy and it is still against the law in this state. In 1971 Baker v. Nelson, Minnesota state Supreme court judge said: "The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the procreation and rearing of children within a family, is as old as the book of Genesis." Dictionary definitions of terms were also used by judges as in 1973 Jones v. Hallan. And the dictionary definition of marriage is between two persons of the opposite sex. In 1975 Adams v. Howerton, the court ruled that the "spouse" means someone not of the same sex, because the dictionary said so. Of course Noah Webster defined all the terms in the first dictionary from the Bible not from his feelings. There have been many lawsuits since the 1970's to allow sodomites to marry and all the judges used case law, Bible, and the dictionary to make their decisions.
So why have judges now deviated from case law? Because congress and the president have allowed them to. Why have they allowed this? Because WE have allowed them to get away with not doing their job. And if they are not going by the Constitution or precedents now, what good is adding to the Constitution?
The second problem with this "Marriage Amendment" is that the U.S. Government has no authority or right to define marriage, only God has. James Madison observed in The Federalist, #45, "The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." This amendment would, for the first time ever in history, give the federal government jurisdiction over marriage and the home. The 10th Amendment is our protection from the federal government getting involved where they should not be. Marriage should remain exclusively under state dominion. My state, as many others, already has laws that define marriage. When the Federal government decides that marriage can be anything it wants it to be, what happens to the state laws?
The third problem is that this focuses all the Christian effort in the wrong direction. The pro-family organizations do not understand the real problem or they are being given money designated by someone to push this amendment, basically leading us all in the wrong direction.
Fourth problem with the amendment is that it will not stop "civil unions". The President himself supports civil unions. He has signed legislation that supports it. Most of the Republicans support "civil unions". The Republicans and President Bush both voted for benefits for sodomites who work for the government.
To truly save marriage the way God intended it to be is to attack the root of the problem. The root of the problem is you and me, the Christians who are ignorant of the Constitution, who vote into office pro sodomite Republicans, Republicans who are afraid to take a stand, and Republicans who will not impeach judges or reign in their jurisdiction.
Article III Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution has the remedy for tyrannical unconstitutional judges. Congress is to impeach them or reign in their unlawful rule.
They have not done their job because we have not made them do their job.
I am very concerned with why pro family groups like Focus on the Family and American Family Association who are behind this amendment when they know it will not help. Something strange is going on here. The cure is very simple - make congress do their job. Adding an amendment to the constitution takes 2/3rds of the states voting yes, a great feat and very expensive. It will not stop runaway judges!
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"This amendment would, for the first time ever in history, give the federal government jurisdiction over marriage and the home. The 10th Amendment is our protection from the federal government getting involved where they should not be. Marriage should remain exclusively under state dominion."