Column: American liberty depends on faith and family
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The ruling effectively nullifies constitutional provisions in 31 states that define marriage as between a man and a woman. This decision is not really about equality for homosexual couples. It’s to weaken the influence of religious faith and traditional family values. That softens resistance to more government control over the lives of all Americans.
In the 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “Same-sex couples have the same right as opposite-sex couples to enjoy intimate association. Like choices concerning contraception, family relationships, procreation and child-rearing, all of which are protected by the Constitution, decisions concerning marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make.”
The court’s ruling regarding “intimacy” has the net effect of imposing a mandate for every state to license and recognize same-sex marriages. It doesn’t matter whether laws for civil unions already exist to benefit homosexual couples. The decision unequivocally demands that every state alter the definition of marriage.
This is a problem, because more than 80 percent of Americans profess a belief in God. The vast majority of those individuals hold that marriage is an institution created by God. Genesis 1:27-28 proclaims, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth …”
The religious-based concept of marriage is a cornerstone of time-tested family structure. Marriage is more than a living arrangement or legal benefits; it’s a formula that brings a mom and dad together to raise children. Kids are best served when they receive the love and support of both parents.
Religious faith and family solidarity are powerful forces that stand in the way of oppressive government expansion and the erosion of the unalienable rights bestowed by our Creator. When faith and family are undermined, it’s easier to push the false notion that individual rights are allowed by government instead of bestowed by God. Government becomes the great arbitrator and provider, usurping our freedom in the name of tolerance and equality.
In repressive nations, government grows to completely control the lives of citizens. Communes replace families and nationalism replaces faith. In ostensibly free countries, secular and materialistic abandonment of faith and family creates a “cult of the individual” where personal responsibility is abandoned in favor of personal comfort and freedom from consequences.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, spoke at the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference.
“The single greatest contributor to economic and educational underperformance in America today is the breakdown of families,” he asserted. “If you don’t have the values of hard work, discipline and self-control, among others, you will not succeed.”
Rubio explained, “There is not a person in this room, in this country or on this planet who was born with those values. Those values were taught to you, and they were reinforced. They were taught to you in strong homes, and they were reinforced by churches and synagogues and the community around you and by your family as well.”
Can homosexual couples instill the values mentioned above? Perhaps, but that’s not what changing the notion of marriage is about. The goal of big-government liberals is to invalidate traditional marriage and the importance of families with a mother and a father. That makes it seem logical and acceptable for government to step in and assume influence over raising our children for the collective good.
Despite truth borne out by history, five unelected judges imposed their personal will on the states and the American people. Civil unions already provided equality in our society. Redefining marriage shifts control of our destiny from citizens to government.
Standing up for traditional marriage between a man and a woman is not intolerant or judgmental toward homosexual people. Sexuality has nothing to do with human worth. But we have an obligation to this and future generations to maintain the unalienable rights protected by the Constitution. That duty requires American citizens with values and responsibility that are best instilled by faithful churches and families headed by a married man and woman.
James D. Kellogg is a water resource engineer and the author of “Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller.” Look for the novel on amazon.com and visit JamesDKellogg.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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