SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Negatively Affecting States

One of the concerns on the part of traditional marriage supporters in the wake of the Supreme Court decision against DOMA was that activist judges would use the decision to tread on existing state DOMA laws. Evidently that was a legitimate fear. Already in several states, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to name a few, judges and other state legal minds are stretching the ruling beyond legal borders. A recent article says:

“Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, judges in lower courts are citing and even building on the ruling in battles over state laws concerning same-sex marriage and other issues affecting gays and lesbians.” The outcome remains to be seen, but it is a certainty that the marriage debate is just beginning.” Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Gay Activists Want Much More from Boy Scouts, Obama Admin Fights Plan B Ruling, Bronx Household of Faith Case Takes a Surprising Turn

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

‘Gay’ activists want much more from Boy Scouts

The vote that took place last Thursday to fundamentally alter the DNA of the Boy Scouts is no less than tragic. Not simply because the BSA turned its back on members and their families, or because they caved to outside pressure. The most tragic aspect to this vote is that it won’t be the last. If the Boy Scouts really think this matter is settled and that they will now be left alone to conduct business as usual, they are naïve, at best. What many warned the BSA about and we continue to believe will happen is the door will now get wider. By allowing homosexual scouts, the BSA will now be pressured to allow openly homosexual leaders, to allow transgender people, and to begin affirming homosexuality. One needs to look no farther than the Girl Scouts to see just how far the Boy scouts will actually fall. And, as the Girl Scouts saw a tremendous decline in membership as their liberal social and political agenda was revealed, so too will the Boy Scouts. A recent article proves that the pressure will continue: “California Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara says that despite the vote, he will continue to push a resolution that would revoke the BSA’s tax-exempt status “to ensure that discrimination in any form does not exist – not in our state, not on our dime.” As we’ve seen, after you compromise one time, you will inevitably do so again. Now we wait for the response from thousands of churches that currently host groups and the Christians that lead and participate in those groups. If you want to share your thoughts on forming a new organization for teaching values to boys, you can send comments to Contact@OnMyHonor.net Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Lesbian Activist Admits True Purpose of Marriage Redefinition

Massa GessenFor years traditional marriage defenders have said that legalizing same-sex “marriage” would destroy the institution of marriage. For years homosexuals have denied this accusation and said they simply want to be “married” like everyone else. The back and forth has led to a bitter rivalry that often ends in not so admirable name-calling. But the truth is that the entire defense of same-sex “marriage” is largely based on a lie perpetrated upon an unsuspecting public that are at times all too willing to be considered “gay friendly” and therefore willing to help their cause.

The atmosphere of “tolerance” in our society today has resulted in people having little knowledge or reputable facts about what they are advocating and simply advocating for the sake of being “inclusive” and “tolerant.” The reality is that this cultural meme has resulted in advocates of various stripes (homosexual, abortion etc.) needing no supporting data but rather just a good narrative. And with this narrative they have rallied many to their cause without so much as a passing consideration of the ultimate effects.

So while homosexual advocates prey on the emotions of the “persecuted” gay and lesbians that are not allowed to marry, the truth of their agenda has gone quietly unchallenged by the media (who are in their pockets), lawmakers (who want votes), and most importantly, every day citizens. But, if the truth of the homosexual agenda was revealed it would surface that the cautions and concerns of traditional marriage advocates are far more legitimate than anyone would suspect.

Recently a lesbian activist revealed the truth of the homosexual agenda as she said the institution of marriage will change, that marriage should not exist, and that families should be made up of any number of adults and parents. Here’s her remarks: [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Homosexual Activist Comes Clean About Intentions

Couple on BeachPresident Obama famously remarked that “the only people that lie are people who have something to hide.”  Yes, that’s rich coming from him, but that’s an argument for another day.  What he said was very true, though.  When you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said, or make excuses for it.

Not so, with those within the homosexual activist community that is driving hard to force a redefinition of marriage onto a world that has consistently defined marriage as the relationship between one man and one woman that has existed since the Garden of Eden and is the only such relationship that God ordains and blesses.  It has served mankind quite well for thousands of years.

It is only in the past 60-odd years that modern man in his ultimate arrogance has decided that marriage does not fit the narcissism of today which has become “all about me.” (The “me” being everyone who thinks that self-indulgence is more important than honesty and commitment).

In the short span of 60 years, we have seen divorce rates skyrocket to where they are today.  We have seen the reasons for divorce expand from adultery or desertion (the norm, for example, in Virginia as late as the 1970s or later) to not even having to have a reason – so-called, “no fault” divorce – which understandably made divorce so commonplace today.

When something is easy, it is typically more common.  It’s as simple as that.  Without commitment, nothing lasts very long.  [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Gay Activist Says Gay Activists Lie About Marriage

When is the last time you hear a gay activist say that they lie about marriage not changing? or that marriage should not exist at all? Most of the time they talk about nothing changing and that they simply want the same rights as everyone else. But this is the truth straight from a gay activist herself:

“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. …(F)ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist.”

Still think it won’t hurt you or your marriage if same-sex “marriage” is legalized. Wake up! Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

What!? Gay Tea Party Activist Lobbies Against Same Sex Marriage

Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring

Traditional marriage supporters get called all kinds of names for their position: bigot, hater, others I can’t repeat here. All because we believe that marriage is an institution ordained by God between one man and one woman for the purpose of responsible procreation. It’s philosophically dishonest and absurd to say we hate anyone simply because we disagree with their lifestyle choice. And yet there is no shortage of names for us.

This of course makes me wonder what names homosexuals and homosexual activists call a man like Doug Mainwaring. In case you don’t know who Doug Mainwaring is, he is a vocal tea party activist that believes marriage should not be redefined (or, undefined as he puts it) and that we should consider the impact on children before making any decisions. So he sounds like nearly every traditional marriage supporter lobbying to defend traditional marriage.

Except Mainwaring is also gay.

Listen to Mainwaring as he defends traditional marriage and calls for legislators and judiciaries around the country to slow down. (If the video doesn’t appear automatically please refresh your browser.) [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: LGBT Activist and Dan Cathy Are Friends, Muslim Students in Maryland Pray in School, HHS Mandate Update, Oregon Baker Refuses to Bake Cake for Homosexuals.

 

Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles from the weekend you might have missed. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

LGBT Leader Reveals Friendship With Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A

Shane Windmeyer is a prominent LGBT activist and co-founder of the activist group Campus Pride. This week he revealed to the world that he has developed a friendship with Dan Cathy of Chik-Fil-A. This would not be news if it weren’t for the fact that Windmeyer and Cathy are on opposite ends of the spectrum in their beliefs about marriage. Windmeyer aggressively campaigned against Chick-Fil-A after comments made by Cathy on his marriage position. But after spending some time talking and texting with Cathy, the two developed a friendship. Of their conversation Windmeyer said: “It was awkward at times but always genuine and kind…It is not often that people with deeply held and completely opposing viewpoints actually risk sitting down and listening to one another. We see this failure to listen and learn in our government, in our communities and in our own families. Dan Cathy and I would, together, try to do better than each of us had experienced before.” It may seem strange to Windmeyer, but the reality is that many Christians and others with a deeply held traditional marriage conviction are willing to sit and talk about their position in a civil way. I certainly am. It’s called tolerance. Not the new, liberal definition of accepting and affirming every politically correct opinion. I mean the actually definition, respecting the right of others to hold divergent opinions and respectfully agreeing to disagree. Kudos to both men! Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Target Stores Now Selling Gay and Lesbian Greeting Cards

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/15/2012

It’s hard to know what your money supports when you  make a purchase at a retail store. Money at local mom and pop stores generally supports the people that work there and not much else. But larger chains, especially one like Target, has a lot of disposable income that gets funneled to activist groups of one kind or another. While it’s difficult to know what groups are being supported by every national retailer you might walk into, some are making it more obvious than others. Target, who has been boycotted in the past for controversial decisions, has most recently started selling gay pride t-shirts. But just in case you thought that might be a fluke the retail giant has now started selling gay and lesbian greeting cards. It would seem that if you don’t want your money supporting gay and lesbian groups that you should consider shopping elsewhere. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Matt Barber: An Open Letter to Homosexuals

by Matt Barber, writing at WND.com, 06/22/2012
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Matt BarberI write this not to professional homosexuals. That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. They will mock and reject my words outright. They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda. That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.

Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.

I pray that you are that person.

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is This the (Homosexual) Future of America?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/21/2011

No Shirt No Shoes No Service SignMartinsburg, WV – This article I ran across last week implores some strong language. Language ,in fact, that most people would not use in the course of an ordinary conversation. The thoughts behind the language are, in my estimation nonetheless true. So true are some of these thoughts that when you really start to think about the implicit and explicit consequences behind what’s being said it causes a cold shutter.

Often we hear statements like, “don’t impose your morals on me,” or “keep your religion to yourself” when discussing politics and laws. The problem with these statements is that they are said by people who are trying to impose their morals (or lack thereof) and religion on everyone else. In particular I’m talking about homosexual activists.

Homosexual advocates and activists don’t want to be told by anyone that their lifestyle choice is wrong, immoral, or against anyone’s beliefs. So determined are they to force every person to accept their lifestyle that they have resorted to the same type of bullying they despise. What is now taking place is not merely a push for tolerance but a forced recognition and acceptance of homosexuality by all persons regardless of their moral, religious, or conscience convictions. The result of this push is the creation of a “protected and privileged class of people” that almost seem above the law.

There was a time that private business owners had the right to refuse to serve people for any number of reasons (no shoes, no shirt, no service). I can vividly remember seeing signs in business windows reading “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” And, if service was refused the customer simply found another place of business. Long gone are those days.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.