Why We Must Win the Gay-Marriage Debate
By Jeff Lukens
Same-sex marriage will soon be a reality in America unless the Christian community stands up and does something about it. While many of us have become accepting of gay and lesbians as individuals, that tolerance is not extended to gay marriage because it affronts biblical truths. Marriage is not an "evolving paradigm" as said the Massachusetts Supreme Court. It is a timeless and deeply rooted aspect of our society's history, culture, tradition and faith.
Traditional marriage forms a family unit, which is the fundamental building block of civilization. Society needs babies, children need mothers and fathers, and marriage is the way we make that possible. The development, productivity and happiness of new generations are bound to the family unit.
Such is God's plan. "A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife," it says in Genesis, "and they will become one flesh." For believers, God defined marriage in the Bible, and only He can redefine it.
Because of families' pivotal role in perpetuating society, governments have historically chosen to provide unique benefits and incentives to those who are married. Benefits given to married couples and not to singles or gay couples have nothing to do with discrimination, and everything to do with building a stable generation of children.
The Bible defines marriage only in terms of a man and a woman and clearly says homosexuality is against God's will and a sin. While we are all sinners in some way, the gospel message also says to hate the sin but love the sinner. As Christians we cannot hate homosexuals, but we cannot condone changing what is not meant to be changed.
It may seem unnecessary to create a constitutional amendment to spell this all out. Yet under the guise of civil rights, gay advocates have used litigation, judicial fiat, economic pressure and other measures to advance the gay agenda to the point where an amendment to protect marriage is now necessary.
Finding reliable data on sexual practices is difficult due to privacy concerns. One of the most widely accepted studies in the United States is the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) conducted in 1992. The study found that 2.8% of the male population, and 1.4% of the female population identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual. Those figures are probably close to those of today, which are far less than the 10% often reported in the media.
Most gay rights advocates know they'd have an impossible time getting same-sex marriage legislation passed. It's the voice of the American public they want to keep out of this process by working through the courts.
Activist organizations openly admit that once same-sex marriage is legal in one state they plan to use the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution to impose it on every state in the nation. There is no referendum or law that can stop them. Many observers of Supreme Court rulings believe that anything less imposing than an amendment to the Constitution will be struck down.
So what are we as individuals to do about the same-sex marriage issue? With gay advocates continuing to make gains, it is more important than ever that Christians take a stand. Faced with this issue in Massachusetts, San Francisco and other places, our only choice is to embrace the Federal Marriage Amendment (H.J.Res. 56) to reserve marriage for only a man and a woman.
Prayer on this issue is essential, but our active participation is crucial as well. A good place to start is by calling or e-mailing newspapers and our elected representatives to urge them to support the Federal Marriage Amendment. Talk with friends, family, neighbors and church members and urge them to do the same.
Passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment will require a concerted, grass-roots effort on the part of the Christian community. Amending the Constitution is a daunting process requiring votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and ratification in 38 states. Yet we cannot be deterred from what must be done. Only by going the difficult route of a constitutional amendment will allow the voice of Christians and the majority of the American people to have their say on this issue.
What To Do
1. An easy way to voice your support the Federal Marriage Amendment is to e-mail your congressman and senators.
* Go to www.cwfpac.com or www.nogaymarriage.com.
* Simply enter your zip code and click.
* A prepared form letter for your elected representatives is provided.
* You can modify the letter if you wish.
* Enter your name at the bottom.
* Click send.
2. Although it is more time consuming, a handwritten or personal letter will send a more powerful statement to elected officials. The above sites also provide addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers that you can use for this purpose.
3. Sign the Federal Marriage Amendment Petition by visiting www.onemanonewoman.com.