Religious Coalition Backs Federal Constitutional Ban

This week, a group calling itself the Religious Coalition for Marriage released a letter calling for passage of an amendment to ban marriage for gay couples in the U.S. Constitution. An excerpt:
Marriage is particularly important for the rearing of children as they flourish best under the long term care and nurture of their father and mother. For this and other reasons, when marriage is entered into and gotten out of lightly, when it is no longer the boundary of sexual activity, or when it is allowed to be radically redefined, a host of personal and civic ills can be expected to follow.
Fifty religious leaders signed the letter, including Roman Catholic cardinals; top officials from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Convention and Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations; one of the Mormon Church's 12 apostles; and evangelical personalities like Charles Colson and James Dobson.

Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino is the only leader based in Wisconsin to sign.

From a New York Times article:
Organizers of the petition said it was in part an effort to revive the groundswell of opposition to same-sex marriage that helped bring many conservative voters to the polls in some pivotal states in 2004...

[B]oth the organizers and gay rights groups said what was striking about the petition was the direct involvement by high-ranking Roman Catholic officials, including 16 bishops. Although the church has long opposed same-sex unions, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had previously endorsed the idea of a constitutional amendment banning such unions, it was evangelical Protestants who generally led the charge when the amendment was debated in 2004.

Check out the Human Rights Campaign for more background on the federal amendment. Also, Fair Wisconsin recently launched a web center for faith community organizing against the state civil unions and marriage ban.


At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm super annoyed that they call themselves the "Religious Coalition for Marriage." I'm religous and I'm pro-marriage. I think marriage is great. My (same-sex) wife and I have been married for a couple years now.

These people aren't for marriage. If they were for marriage, they would be happy for any two adults who wanted to commit their lives to eachother. What they are for is heterosexual marriage and other societal privileges of being heterosexual. What they should call themselves is the "Coalition for Straight Marriage and Privilege."

Allowing same-sex couples to legally marry is in no way going to harm the institution of marriage. It will only strengthen it.

As an example of how banning same-sex marriage hurts the institution, my sister is heterosexual and doesn't even want to get married. She feels that if two people living together is "good enough," then there's no reason for her to marry her boyfriend.


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