Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As the Dust Settles, Our Road is Clear



As the Dust Settles, Our Road is Clear Dear Marriage Supporter, By now you will already surely have heard the news from yesterday that the Supreme Court elected not to take any of the pending marriage cases contesting the issues of the right of self-determination in government and the purview of the states to regulate marriage.

National  Organization for Marriage

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Dear Marriage Supporter,

By now you will already surely have heard the news from yesterday that the Supreme Court elected not to take any of the pending marriage cases contesting the issues of the right of self-determination in government and the purview of the states to regulate marriage.

Before I say anything more, I must be emphatic about this: we are not shaken in our resolve or diverted from our cause by this development—not one bit! Indeed, we see this as an emphatic call to action.

I am asking you today to contact Congress and urge them to act to defend marriage and to stop the lawless stampede of unelected judges over the will of the people and the right of voters to decide this important matter. Click here immediately to demand action from our leaders in Washington to stop this judicial tyranny.

Allow me to give you some perspective on yesterday's unfortunate and surprising move by the Supreme Court. As soon as we heard the news, NOM strongly condemned this misguided decision. As I said in a statement issued yesterday:

We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. First, the entire idea that marriage can be redefined from the bench is illegitimate. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman; it has been this throughout the history of civilization and will remain this no matter what unelected judges say. Second, it's mind-boggling that lower court judges would be allowed to impose the redefinition of marriage in these states, and our highest court would have nothing to say about it. Third, the effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex 'marriage' has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently. That's the absurd belief we are being told to accept.

As the dust settles from yesterday's flurry of activity and the hyperbolic and misleading narrative spun instantly by the media begins to wane, I want to commend to your reading today two other commentaries on the situation that offer the clearest insights into what this decision really means for us.

But first please take a moment right now to let Congress know that this action by the Court to allow unelected judges to run roughshod over the will of the people in states across the nation must be stopped. Your voice needs to be heard in the halls of power today!

The first commentary on yesterday's move by the Court that I want to share with you is by our good friend Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation, who explains how yesterday's move by the Court puts more than just marriage at stake: it calls into question the very notion of self-determination in government upon which our nation is founded!

Please read his article today. It is entitled, "Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to Gay Marriage in Five States. Why That's Wrong." Here is just a snippet:

This is an unfortunate setback for sound Constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.

The truth of the matter is that [these] marriage laws... are good laws that reflect the truth about marriage. Frequently they were passed with overwhelming democratic support. The Supreme Court should have reviewed these cases and should have upheld the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to make good marriage policy. Instead, the Supreme Court left standing bad rulings from lower federal courts that usurped authority from the people by striking down good laws.

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Declining to review these cases does not speak one way or the other to the merits of the cases. But it does leave in place bad rulings from lower courts—and it will make it harder for courts to do the right thing in the future.

Nevertheless, as citizens, we must rally in support of our constitutional authority to pass laws making marriage policy. We must insist that law and culture promote the truth about marriage.

I also want to share the powerful statement issued by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Apart from strongly lambasting the Court for its poor judgment in this matter, the Senator also boldly announced yesterday that he "will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws."

The Senator's statement read, in part:

The Supreme Court's decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.

This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.

Bravo, Senator Cruz!

Of course, NOM is ever grateful to our allies on Capitol Hill who stand for marriage in season and out of season, and we will be working tirelessly in the wake of this move by the Court to promote pro-marriage legislation at the Federal level.

But we are going to need your help!

Click here to contact Congress right now and let them know that it is urgent for them to take up the defense of marriage since so many of those in elected office throughout the States — and the unelected appointees to the Judiciary — are allowing the same-sex 'marriage' lobby to impose its radical agenda on millions of Americans who have voted to defend traditional marriage.

Tell your Representative and Senators that:

  • You believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

  • Marriage should be decided by the people through the democratic and political process—not handed down from on high by unelected activist judges.

  • In order to put an end to this corruption of our system of government, Congress should act quickly to pass an amendment to the Constitution and send it to the states for ratification.

As I said in my statement yesterday: "NOM will continue to devote all our energy and resources to stand for the truth of marriage, and to advocate the importance of preserving it. While we are disappointed in what has happened today, we are not defeated or dispirited. Indeed, we are determined as never before to fight for the institution that God created and humankind has proven is the best arrangement for the well-being of men and women, for children, and for society as a whole."

Indeed, yesterday's decision is not an end to our fight by any means. It is another bend in the road, perhaps, but one that only makes our work more important and more urgent than ever.

It is a call to action and a sober reminder of the high and noble obligations which our age has placed upon us. And it is a reminder to me, personally, of how honored and humbled I am to stand in this fight with great and patriotic men and women like you.

Thank you for all you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


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