Friday, April 17, 2015

Will you join me?

I am a Prayer Warrior and a Cultural Warrior

"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"—Psalm 11:3

Awaiting a Supreme Decision on Marriage

It will be a historic scene on April 28, when lawyers argue before the U.S. Supreme Court whether states have the right to define marriage and, as a result, ban same-sex marriages. The Court agreed to hear the same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee—four cases now consolidated into one. A decision is expected in June.
As SCOTUSblog described this epic case, "America's state governments have never seen anything like this: one of their most cherished traditions, going to the very core of their power as states, overwhelmed by a cultural revolution that swept the nation in less than two years."
A cultural revolution that's been largely driven by lawyers.
Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have marshalled a litany of legal challenges aimed at undermining the definition of marriage—and they've been successful at silencing opposition within the legal ranks along the way.
Michael W. McConnell, a former federal appeals court judge and now law professor, said of the lopsided legal endorsements of same-sex marriage, "The level of sheer desire to crush dissent is pretty unprecedented."
But not all attorneys have backed away from this "hot-button" cultural issue.
John J. Bursch, Michigan's former solicitor general and Joseph F. Whalen, Tennessee's associate solicitor general, were tapped to defend the four states in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Bursch and Whalen will undoubtedly have the prayers and appreciation of tens of millions of Christians from around the nation. We're talking about everyday Americans who—in performing their civic duties and expressing their consciences and deeply held beliefs— voted in favor of state marriage amendments, which are now on trial before the Supreme Court. These are the same marriage amendments sponsored, in part, and supported by Focus on the Family and its network of state-based Family Policy Councils (FPCs).
So you see, when you give a gift of $15, $25 or even $50—on a one-time or monthly basis, you're helping us to continue to speak up and defend your rights in the culture.
In fact, did you know Focus on the Family and CitizenLink, our public policy partner, along with numerous FPCs, submitted an Amicus (or "Friend of the Court") Brief on behalf of its constituents—which includes you? It's true! And our Brief explains to the Justices the different parenting roles a husband and wife play in raising children, and why those differences create a rational, even compelling, reason to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
Your financial partnership—of $15, $25 or even $50—on a one-time or monthly basis—will also allow us to offer timely and helpful resources, such as our "Marriage on Trial" website. It's designed to both educate and equip you to engage the culture for Jesus Christ!

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