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Though stopping just short of redefining marriage across America, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two historic rulings recently that support same-sex marriage.* In the first case, key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were deemed to violate “equal protection” under the Constitution. Now many same-sex couples will be able to receive federal benefits (for example, Social Security and tax breaks) that had been reserved for married men and women.
The other same-sex marriage case was a procedural one specific to California. In a 5-4 vote, the justices let stand a lower court’s ruling invalidating a voter-approved amendment (known as Proposition 8) that banned same-sex marriage.**
While most states may continue to limit legal marriage to a man and a woman
and the court did not strike down the pro-traditional marriage amendments in
thirty states, five unelected Justices decided not to uphold the concept of
marriage that America has always embraced. Even then, the Founding Fathers did
not originate the definition of marriage. Marriage was the first institution
set up by God in His creation: “
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
The Creator is the only one who can determine what marriage really is, and He
has told us. Furthermore, Christ affirmed this definition in Matthew 19, and
several scriptures specifically condemn homosexual behavior.
What might happen next in American politics regarding this important issue? First, if churches or religious organizations with federal nonprofit status decide to teach against same-sex marriage in states where it is now legal, their nonprofit status could be revoked. Second, now that marriage is being reevaluated, the possibility of polygamy is on the table, as well as an array of other perversions of the institution. Lastly, even though the Supreme Court has left the definition of marriage to the states for now, the rationale the court used is likely to encourage activists to push for nationalizing same-sex marriage.
From the beginning of creation, the Creator established marriage as the union of one man and one woman. But on one June day in 2013, the United States witnessed a momentous change as the nation slouched further away from the absolute truths found in the Bible.
**Some people argue, however, that Proposition 8 remains in effect in some parts of California because the federal judge’s earlier ruling affected only his district, not the whole state.
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