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Marriage Is a Truth That Cannot Be Redefined

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2022
by Outside Contributor

The Respect for Marriage Act, codifying same-sex marriage as federal law, already decided as such by the Supreme Court in the Obergefell decision in 2015, has now passed the Senate. If it passes in the House, President Joe Biden will sign it into law.

Let’s take a moment and consider what is going on.

Some view acceptance of same sex marriage as a bold new step to a freer and more just society. But, despite Gallup now showing 71% in favor of same-sex marriage, 58% of those who attend church weekly are opposed.

Only 17%, per Gallup, now say that they are satisfied with the direction of the country. According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of Americans, since 2000, saying they are “not too happy” has increased from 10% to 24%, and those saying they are “very happy” has decreased from 34% to 19%.

Clearly, many Americans sense there is something very wrong going on in our country.

May I propose that the eternal truths we receive through religion, now so widely rejected, are there because we need them?

Is freedom really about ideologues having license to rewrite our language and redefine our sacred institutions?

Some have found it politically expedient to use the once prohibition on interracial marriage as a rationale for showing the alleged unfairness of a prohibition on same-sex marriage.

But the bans on interracial marriage had nothing to do with our understanding of marriage.

The ban on interracial marriage, which the Supreme Court found unconstitutional in 1967, stemmed from the ban on interracial marriage in Virginia going back to 1924. That legislation was called The Racial Integrity Act. It was about racial purity. It had nothing to do with the definition of marriage.

In 1924, few did not accept that marriage was the sacred bond between a man and woman. The racists were concerned about a man and woman of different races entering into that sacred bond.

But somehow race gets dragged into every perverse ideological battle that happens in our country.

In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that African Americans were not human beings. In the Dred Scott decision, the court ruled that people of African descent “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges” accorded to citizens.

The meaning of “citizen” was reinvented to serve a political and ideological agenda.

With the passage of the 14th Amendment, the American people restored the truth and integrity of the word “citizen” — “All persons born and naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” — and obliterated a corrupt, ideological ruling of the Supreme Court.

The Obergefell decision did to the word “marriage” what the Dred Scott decision did to the word “citizen.”

It took a civil war to bring forth the 14th Amendment. What will it take to restore how, as a society, we understand what it means to be married?

Per recent data from the Census Bureau, in 2022, 34% of those over age 15 had never been married, compared to 23% in 1950.

In a 2020 Pew survey, 16% said it was “essential” for a man to marry and 17% said it was essential for a woman.

French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his classic study, “Democracy in America, “One cannot say that in the United States religion exerts an influence on the laws…but it directs mores, and it is in regulating the family that it works to regulate the state…Of the world’s countries, America is surely the one where the bond of marriage is most respected.”

That was in 1835. In 2022, know that those who love our country and understand what made and makes it great are in for the long haul. An America without truth is an America without a future.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”


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1 year ago

Why as American people do we even put up with the corruption in the white house?? No common sense when they don’t know the difference between male and female ,plus many other things.

John D. Beach
John D. Beach
1 year ago

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

1 year ago

I agree 100%

1 year ago

The problem is that people no longer fear God and have decided that man’s law can supersede God’s Law on Marriage. Every person has the free will choice to choose what they want to do. God makes it quite clear that by following the Bible and its principles, a person will be rewarded. If one goes against His word, judgement/punishment will follow. Right or wrong, everyone will face either Jesus’s or God’s judgement in the end.

1 year ago

I would love to be married one day deep down but today people do not take marriage seriously. I do not believe in same sex marriage as it states in the bible. God didn’t permit it and today it shouldn’t either. This is just my opinion. One man, one woman is how it should always be. I have nothing against those who are gay, but I draw the line at same sex marriage as I believe it can hurt any children who are brought in the relationship. I also do not believe this transgender crap either. When I was a child I always wish I could be a boy because boys got to do things girls couldn’t. Just because a child wishes they are a different sex, does not mean they want to transition because it will case health and mental issues the rest of their life. Yes I know that has nothing to do with marriage but it can lead to that.
So no, I do not believe in it and the bible stresses that as well. It is my beliefs due to my religion. I will not say what I think to people I know who are married because of our different religion beliefs.

Texas Resister 64
Texas Resister 64
1 year ago

Actually, the one-man-one-woman for life with the intent to procreate is part of the natural moral law, which operates independently of religion. That’s why I call it “natural” marriage, not “traditional” marriage. This business of anybody marries anybody else is an action without a natural “end” (customary definition), and can in no way be considered the covenant relationship established by God in Genesis 1-2.

1 year ago

There are several countries where same-sex marriage, abortion, and other rights are prohibited under specifically religious principles. This is known as Sharia Law. Are you proposing the US adopt something similar?

1 year ago

The BIBLE, which is the inerrant Word of God, says no to same-sex marriage. That defines it for me – no discussion necessary!

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