Citizenlink: What’s Going on in California?

Citizenlink’s Bruce Hausknecht explains the state of marriage in California in light of the SCOTUS ruling on Prop 8. There’s been confusion on whether or not same-sex “marriage” is legal or not in light of that ruling. This is a clear explanation of what is going on and what the next steps will be. Watch the video below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

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.

It Begins: Marriage law Challenged in Arkansas

An Arkansas newspaper writes: “Three couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas marriage law, known as Amendment 83…The suit, filed Monday, says the plaintiffs seek a declaration that Amendment 83 violates the right to equal protection and due process of law under the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It cites the recent overturning of a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in which the U.S. Supreme Court found that section 2 of DOMA violated the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses in the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

In the wake of the SCOTUS marriage rulings we can expect more state laws to be challenged. The court left such a possibility open. The defense of marriage will require vigilance on the part of those who believe in the traditional family as the best environment for children. As Attorney General’s refuse to defend state laws, legislatures take action, and more lawsuits are brought, this is surely just the 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.

What Are You Afraid Of? Marriage Redefinition?

AfraidDo you have any idea how marriage will change as a result of the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8? If you think nothing will change and the legal battle to redefine marriage is over it’s time to join reality and understand that the battle has just begun and big changes are coming. More importantly, every defender of traditional marriage needs to know just how marriage will be affected in order to engage the conversation and not be left behind.

Listen, no one is saying marriage is going to collapse. Well, almost no one. I certainly don’t think the institution that has been around since the dawn of creation is in any danger of collapsing entirely. And regardless of what a government or court says, I don’t believe anyone but the Creator of marriage can redefine it. And since God doesn’t seem to have any interest in redefining His institution neither do I.

But there is no doubt that social changes to marriage are coming. Some thought the Supreme Court would issue a sweeping legalization of same-sex “marriage” nationwide. But the court resisted the temptation to enact another Roe v. Wade decision. Homosexual advocates were disappointed that such a decision was not made, but the court did right in refusing to end the conversations taking place at the state level.

Traditional marriage supporters, often conservative and/or religious people, are afraid that marriage will change in any number of ways. A recent article discussed the top five fears those opposing marriage redefinition have if homosexual “marriage” is legalized nationwide. They are: the slippery slope, threats to religious liberty, the importance of mothers and fathers, weakening marital components, and God will punish society. [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.

Obama Gets Big Boost from Supreme Court

Obama has been losing big before the Supreme Court recently. The most recent loss was the court’s decision to overturn the Voting Rights Act, though Obama has been losing cases on healthcare and other issues as well. But Obama gained a major victory with the SCOTUS marriage rulings from last week. One article said:

“But on gay marriage, Obama won big. The court effectively backed him up on two controversial moves — the decision not to defend the Clinton-era marriage law in court, and the president’s personal endorsement of gay marriage last year.” This is a sad reality in the fact that our own president refused to uphold our nation’s laws and has now been vilified in doing so. Moreover the court’s ruling opened a pandora’s box we may not come back from. 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.

Tony Perkins Comments on the SCOTUS Rulings (VIDEO)

In light of the marriage rulings from SCOTUS last week, Tony Perkins was on “Face the Nation” to discuss his perspective and share comments on why traditional marriage is not a thing of the past. If the video doesn’t appear automatically please refresh your browser.

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.

How Will the Church Respond to the SCOTUS Rulings?

Church CourtI intentionally waited to share my thoughts on the SCOTUS rulings from last week. Did you see all those articles that flooded newsfeeds and blogs? I perused over a hundred in two days myself. But the press is slowing down as other issues, like immigration and the economy take their place at the forefront of people’s minds. So now seems like a good time to share my own comments on what can only be described as puzzling rulings.

If I believe a recent headline then we can all rejoice that the “Traditional Marriage Movement [is] Gaining Steam.” Of course the Supreme Court did just axe section 2 of the federal DOMA law. While liberal media outlets and pro-homosexual groups are touting a “major victory” as a result of the rulings, legal analysts agree that really, not much has changed. Bethany Monk of Citizenlink wrote:

“The Court struck down only part of the federal marriage law defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman for the purpose of interpreting and administering all federal laws and programs. Without Section 3, the federal government will not be able to define marriage for its own federal policies and federal laws; it must accept whatever states decide about same-sex marriage.”

This is a consensus I’m seeing from a number of legal analysts and appears to be consistent with the actual wording of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Practically speaking this means that DOMA still stands, except for the part that prohibits the federal government from granting benefits associated with marriage to same-sex couples living in states where homosexual marriage has been legalized.  I suppose this might be discouraging for some, but the reality is that it is one of the better outcomes as opposed to the Supreme Court striking down the entire law – which they did not.  [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.

Updated: Comments on the SCOTUS Marriage Rulings

Court gavelPerhaps I’m doing this for my own good, in order to stay up to date with the overwhelming number of articles being written on the recent SCOTUS rulings on marriage. But I’d like to think it is helpful for you, our readers, to be able to go to one place and find the best of the best of these articles by some of our country’s top voices. I hope that is the case. Below is an updated list of articles that I believe articulates the decisions clearly, and presents truth for Christians to be reminded of during this time. I hope you find this list a helpful resource.

HOLD ON, DOMA WASN’T TOTALLY THROWN OUT: HERE’S THE PROVISION THAT COULD LEAD TO ANOTHER GAY MARRIAGE BATTLE

Billy Hallowell writes: “Those headlines proclaiming that the federal marriage law has been overturned are going a bit too far in their analysis. While it is true that the heart of the provision has been ruled unconstitutional, some parts of DOMA still stand. Policy Mic has more: ‘Section 2, which was not considered by the Supreme Court in the Windsor case, declares that states and territories of the United States have the right to deny recognition of same-sex marriages that originated in other states or territories.’”

Other Voices Weigh in on Supreme Court Marriage Decisions

“Today’s Supreme Court rulings overturning part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and failing to rule on California’s Proposition 8 case are deeply disappointing. Together, the Court neglected to uphold the will of the people through their elected representatives in Congress and the public votes of more than seven million California citizens. To be clear, the Court rulings responded to two complex cases asking narrow legal questions. Legal experts will spend days dissecting the pages of opinion and case law.” Focus on the Family President Jim Daly

“The Court ignored the votes of a large bipartisan majority of Members of Congress. It is absurd for the Court to suggest that Congress does not have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes that Congress itself has enacted. Just as the states have constitutional authority to make state policy about marriage, so too Congress has constitutional authority to pass a federal statute defining a term for federal programs created by federal law.” Ryan T. Anderson, Heritage Foundation [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.

Was the Decision of the Supreme Court Wrong Regarding Marriage?

GavelIf this is not one of those issues over which I am very likely to receive a number of dissenting comments there never has been one (and those that have followed my messages for a while know that is not true).

The reason for anticipated dissent is that I believe that the Supreme Court [may have] got the issue of the Defense of Marriage Act right, according to the construction of the U.S. Constitution for several reasons.

First, The Constitution requires that a state honor the public determinations of every other state.

Article. IV.

Section. 1.

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof. [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

Press Release: SCOTUS Let’s the Important Discussion About Marriage Continue

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NEWS Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013

CONTACT:  Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.

Phone: (304) 553-7616

E-mail:  info@familypolicywv.com

SCOTUS Lets the Important Discussion About Marriage Continue 

Decisions by country’s highest court fail to redefine marriage, but leave many questions 

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. – In two decisions released this morning by the Supreme Court of the United States, justices stopped short of redefining marriage, but invalidated a key protection for marriage at the Federal level.  The following statement can be attributed to Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia:

“In spite of the Supreme Court’s decision today, marriage remains the union of husband and wife – a timeless, universal institution that connects children to their mother and father.  The Supreme Court got it wrong to invalidate portions of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Of course the Federal government has the ability to define marriage for purposes of Federal law.

“The ultimate effect of the Supreme Court’s decision as to the voter initiative to define marriage between one man and one woman in California’s state constitution remains to be seen.  What we clearly know from the decision today: when state lawmakers refuse to represent the vote of the people, democracy is dis-served.

“Regardless, it is important to note what the Supreme Court did not do in today’s decisions.  The Supreme Court avoided the error of finding a constitutional right to the redefinition of marriage.  Whatever else it got wrong, the Court was right to allow the debate over this most central institution of marriage to our society to continue.  We will continue to encourage West Virginia’s elected representatives to do all that they can to strengthen and support marriage.

“As for the people of West Virginia, we encourage them to continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

www.FamilyPolicyWV.com

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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.

From Beginning to End: DOMA and PROP 8 Explained

SCOTUSIn case you haven’t been following the DOMA and Prop 8 cases for the last several years, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Below is an article by Joe Carter, writing at The Gospel Coalition, in which he explains the cases and the Supreme Court rulings today. It’s a quick way to get caught up. These nine points by Carter articulate the cases and the rulings in a simple way without the legal-eze. Take a moment to get yourself caught up.

1. The two cases, United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, are each based on differing — and perhaps mutually exclusive — theories of which level of government has the right to define marriage. The challenge to DOMA (Windsor) was based on the claim that marriage is a matter for state rather than federal regulation while the challenge to Proposition 8 (Hollingsworth) was a challenge to to the claim that an individual state can define marriage as between one woman and one man.

2. United States v. Windsor was a direct challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This case was not about whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but rather whether Congress can treat married same-sex couples differently from married opposite-sex couples in federal laws and programs. [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.