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Southern Baptists remain wary of McCain
June 11, 2008 - Senator John McCain hasn't bothered to visit the 7,200 representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention, most of them staunch Republicans. He continues to distance himself from evangelicals.
- McCain opposes a federal marriage amendment, believing the question is for states.
- Source: AP/ Google
Senate to Tackle Gay Marriage Ban
June 4, 2006 - After lying dormant for several months, the issue of a Constitutional marriage amendment is under discussion again. There is little support for the issue outside except for social conservatives. President Bush is promoted it in his weekly Radio address:
- "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society... Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all."
- Source: Fox
- Gay Marriage Amendment Carries New Support - CBN
Conservatives Look to June Vote on Marriage Amendment
Apr. 26, 2006 - A Senate vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to the traditional one man andone woman, is scheduled for June 6.
In recent years Massachusetts has passed legislation allowing homosexual marriage, and Vermont legalized civil unions that apply to homosexuals. A federal law, The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996. That law allows each state to prohibit same sex marriage. Since then, 45 states have done so, with either laws or state constitutional amendments.
Supreme Court won't review Mass. court decision that legalized same-sex 'marriage'
Nov. 30, 2005 - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down the opportunity to review the decision by the high court of Massachusetts that legalized same-sex "marriage."
Proponents of a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution say that this event, which they had expected, demonstrates the need for a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel said, "Marriage will be defined by someone. I would rather have it defined by the people of the United States instead of the judiciary."
- But the decision does not mean that the Supreme Court won't hear a same-sex "marriage" case in the near future. The case before the court dealt with the decision by the Massachusetts court; it did not deal with the federal Defense of Marriage Act...
- Source:BP News
Republicans Endorse Ban on Gay Marriage
Aug. 26, 2004- In spite of Vice President Dick Cheney's recent comments to the contrary, a Republican platform committee endorsed a draft statement against homosexual unions yesterday. The upcoming Republican Convention will feature prime time speeches by Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger to show an "open door" to those who have more liberal views on homosexual marriage and abortion. The proposal should satisfy a strong majority of the more than 2,500 delegates. According to an Associated Press survey:
- About 72 percent said they opposed same-sex nuptials, while just over 2 percent favored it. The rest did not respond or had no opinion.
- Cheney's Gay Marriage Comments Draw Fire - Free Republic
- Thirteen Bad Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage - Christianity Today
Same-sex marriage Senate battle over, war is not
July 15, 2004 - To no one's surprise, the first attempt to gain Senate approval for a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage failed. Supporters say this is just the beginning of the battle.
- The White House released a statement from President Bush in which he said he was "disappointed" that the amendment was "temporarily blocked" in the Senate and urged the House to take up the matter.
- Dr. James Dobson gave us a good slogan: REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!
GOP Vows to Push Gay Marriage Amendment
July 14, 2004 - A test vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment is scheduled for today, and supporters expect that it will fall short of the 2/3 majority that would be required. Nevertheless, they say that the outcome of the vote will not their drive to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
- Source:Fox (Story no longer online)
- Dobson: Senators 'cowed' by homosexual lobbyists
The Legal Word: Churches May Endorse Marriage Amendment
July 13, 2004 - According to Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver, churches may support and endorse the Federal Marriage Amendment without fear of losing their tax-exempt status.
Bush Wants Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage
July 10, 2004 - In his Saturday morning radio talk, President Bush voiced strong support for an amendment to the Constitution to protect traditional marriage. He said that a few activist judges and local officials have taken it on themselves to change the meaning of marriage. He referred to the Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court opinion that marriage an evolving paradigm.
- "That sends a message to the next generation that marriage has no enduring meaning, and that ages of moral teaching and human experience have nothing to teach us about this institution,"
Senate Debates on Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
July 10, 2004 - The proposed Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as "only of the union of a man and a woman," will be debated next week, and could go to a vote in the Senate as early as Wednesday.
- Sen. Wayne Allard, the Colorado Republican who drafted the amendment, conceded that it was supported by only about half the Senate, well less than the two-thirds needed to approve a change in the Constitution.
Senate Expected to Debate FMA, But Will It Vote?
July 9, 2004 - 1.66 million people have signed a petition urging Senators to pass a Federam Marriage amendment. The proposed wording is:
The Senate will begin debate on the issue this coming week.
- "Activist liberal judges are intent on destroying the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman. I urge you to pass the federal marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman only. This is a defining moment in history. It is time for members of Congress to take a stand for traditional marriage."
Commentary: Five Good Reasons to Reject Same-Sex Marriage
July 7, 2004 -
- CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY TO SUPPORT THE FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT - They are voting very soon! Dr. D James Kennedy says "It’s speak now or be forced to forever hold your peace if same-sex marriage is legalized nationwide."
GOP to force vote on marriage
Democrats must choose sides just before convention
June 16, 2004 - The Senate will probably vote on the issue of same-sex marriage by the middle of July. Senate Republicans will try to bring the issue to an early vote in order to force Democrats to choose sides before their convention.
- The vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment, which bans same-sex marriage, would take place just as the Democratic Party prepares to begin its presidential nominating convention in Boston, reports Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.
(Story no longer on line)
Democrats Vow to Block Traditional Marriage Amendment
June 14, 2004 - Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle claims that the Democratic senators will block passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment initiative. In essence, Democrats in the Senate are opposed to upholding traditional marriage "only between one man and one woman."
- What's amazing about their position is that it clearly flies in the face of national opinion that demonstrates a strong majority (60+ percent) in favor of defending traditional marriage.
Bush Calls for 'Culture Change'
May 28, 2004 - President Bush reaffirmed his support for a federal marriage amendment during a rare on-the-record session with religion editors and writers.
- Source:Christianity Today
June 2004 - Charles Colson warns that unless we adopt a Federal Marriage Amendment, our culture will suffer the complete breakdown of the family and an intolerable rise in crime.
- Source:Christianity Today
Same-sex marriage barricades erected
May 25, 2004 - The California Supreme Court begins hearings today on the narrow issue of whether or not San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials had the authority to defy state laws that define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
On a separate track, at least six lawsuits arguing for or against the right of homosexuals and lesbians to marry are now pending in San Francisco and Los Angeles superior courts. These suits may take two or three years to reach the state's high court.
"Battle for Marriage" on Satellite in 500 churches
Key family life leaders conducted a nation-wide satellite seminar Sunday night, shown in 500 churches and heard on 1,500 radio stations and the Internet. Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship, and Tony Perkins of Family Research Council were among the speakers.
- Chuck Colson ... called the fight over same-sex marriage, "the mother of all culture war battles. This is the one that decides what kind of a country we’re going to be."
Canada's Hate Speech Law to Impact Same-Sex Marriage Debate
May 24, 2004 - This fall the Canadian Supreme Court will consider whether or not the definition of marriage should include same-sex couples. Canada already has a "hate speech" law that prohibits advocating violence or hatred toward homosexuals. While Christian pastors would not advocate violence, they are concerned that they might be accused of promoting hatred simply by reading the Biblical teaching on the subject
Paper vs. Practice: Mainline Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage
May 21, 2004 - It is interesting that most church groups oppose same-sex marriage in their written doctrines. Even the most liberal groups still have official stances against the practice. Examples are cited.
Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts
May 17, 2004 - A court order goes into effect today in Massachusetts that allows same-sex couples to be married. This marks the first time that a state has granted this right, but it may still be stopped by pending legislation in the state. The United States becomes one of only four countries in the world where homosexuals can legally wed.
- Source:My Way(AP) (Story on longer on line)
Weblog: Presbyterian Court Says Church Doesn't Ban Gay Marriages
May 5, 2004 - A court representing the Presbyterian Church (USA)in in Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Kentucky and Indiana has reinstated a minister who formerly been convicted by a church court for performing homosexual marriages. The court says that the Presbyterian codes do not specifically prohibit such unions.
- What the PCUSA's Book of Order does say is that marriage is "between a woman and a man." However, the church does allow ministers to bless same-sex unions, provided they are not called weddings.
- Source:Christianity Today
Calif. court halts S.F. gay marriages
Mar. 11, 2004 - The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate stop to homosexual weddings in the state, pending a review on whether or not such marriages are permitted by state law. A ruling on the matter may be expected in June or July.
Gay Marriage Ban Wins Preliminary OK in Mass.
Mar. 12, 2004 - The Massachusetts Legislature has given preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage but legalize civil unions.
It would then go to the voters for approval in 2006.
- Due to the elaborate constitutional amendment process, the amendment must be approved by the Legislature at least two more times this year ... and then again during the 2005-06 legislative session.
Does Homosexual Marriage Signal America's Final Undoing?
Mar. 5, 2004 - Radio host Chuck Baldwin reminds us that 30 years ago eminent historian Arnold Toynbee warned the U.S. that acceptance of moral deviance has led to the demise of many previous cultures.
Baldwin also complains that President Bush does not oppose "civil unions" for homosexuals, and he is not doing everything he can to enforce the laws that already exist to oppose this tide of immorality.
- "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today."
Marriage battle begins on Hill
Mar. 4, 2004 - On the first day of hearings on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a male-female union, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Congress must act quickly to prevent a few judges and local officials from redefining marriage for everyone. Events that have led to the hearing include a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that a Texas law against Sodomy was not valid, the recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to "marry," and thousands of homosexual weddings during the past few weeks in San Francisco and other cities in defiance of existing laws.
- Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)
- State AGs Come Down Against Gay Marriages - Cape Cod Times (Story no longer on line)
- Mayor in NY Charged for Performing Homosexual Marriages - Crosswalk
- Marriage defenders slow same-sex tide
Bush Backs Amendment Barring Gay Marriage
Feb. 24, 2004 - President Bush referred to recent decisions by judicial activists and civil disobedience in California resulting in thousands of illegal homosexual marriages. He called for an amendment to the Federal Constitution that would prohibit such unions. He said:
- The union of man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious or natural roots without weakening the good influence of society today.
- Bush endorses
constitutional ban on gay marriage - MSNBC
- Text of President Bush's Speech
Schwarzenegger: City on 'dangerous path'
Feb. 21, 2004 - Governor Schwarzenegger warns that San Francisco must abide by the laws governing marriage.
- "While we wait for the courts to act, it's time for the City of San Francisco to start respecting state law. It is time for the city to stop traveling down this dangerous path of ignoring the rule of law."
San Francisco Weds 2,500 Gay Couples, Rulings Seen
- (Story no longer on line)
Feb. 17, 2001 - Two judges have declined to issue temporary restraining orders against the flood of homosexual marriages in San Francisco, pending further arguments.
- About 2,500 gay and lesbian couples have been married since Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered city officials to defy state law and grant same-sex marriage licenses last Thursday.
- Source:MyWay - News (Story no longer online)
Scores of Gay Couples Wed in San Francisco
Feb. 13, 2003 - In an act of civil disobedience, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presided over a day of homosexual wedding ceremonies. In one day 87 marriage ceremonies were performed, and 95 marriage licenses were issued.
- Randy Thomasson, director of Campaign For California Families, said, "These unlawful certificates are not worth the paper they are printed on. The renegade mayor of San Francisco has no authority to do this."
- Source:FOX (Story no longer on line)
- Lawsuit challenges homosexual 'marriages' - Country's first same-sex licenses issued in San Francisco - WorldNetDaily
- Campaign For California Families
Ohio governor signs bill making state 38th to ban gay marriage
- (Story no longer on line)
Feb. 7, 2004 - Ohio has taken quick action to approve a law against homosexual marriages in the wake of Massachusetts' judicial ruling that could make same-sex marriages legal there as early as this spring.
- When the law takes effect in 90 days, Ohio will become the 38th state to adopt a "defense of marriage act" and the second to deny benefits to some employees' partners.
- Bush to back a change in Constitution - Boston Globe
Mass. Lawmakers Mull Gay Marriage Ruling
Feb. 5, 2004 - By a 4-3 advisory ruling, the Massachussetts Supreme Judicial Court, called for full homosexual marriages in the state as early as this coming May. Alarmed lawmakers feel the court has overstepped its boundaries, and are considering how to react to the decision.
- The much-anticipated opinion came a week before next Wednesday's Constitutional Convention, where the Legislature will consider an amendment backed by Gov. Mitt Romney that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
- Homosexual marriage sparks nationwide backlash - WorldNetDaily
- Majority Opposes Same-Sex Marriage - Fox
Marriage Amendment Links
- Federal Marriage Amendment - Wikipedia
- Text of Proposed Federal Marriage Amendment - US Government
- Text of Proposed Federal Marriage Amendment- H. J. RES. 56 - THOMAS
- Links about Homosexuality
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