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Houston Voters Reject So Called Equal Rights Ordinance

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Tuesday evening, Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO. The rejection of this ordinance protects the religious freedom of business owners and will keep people born as men from being allowed to enter women’s restrooms and vice versa. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Social liberals should be concerned after last night’s election results. I see harbingers for 2016. Citizen’s voices are heard at the polls, and  I believe they will be heard again clearly next November.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to CWALAC’s Texas State Director, Ann Hettinger, Area Director Beverly Roberts, and area members who were influential in the grassroots movement to oppose this ordinance. Our hardworking and dedicated women will continue to fight for our religious liberties and common sense.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

China Changes One-Child Policy: Still Oppressing Women

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington D.C. – China has announced it will allow two children for every couple, as opposed to the country’s one-child policy that was put into place in the 1970s. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today:

“How pathetic that the authoritarian Communist regime in China thinks they deserve a pat on the back for magnanimously ‘allowing’ women to give birth to two instead of one child.  This goes to the very heart of individual liberty.

“China continues to oppress women through forced abortion and other human rights violations. Chinese data show an average of 35,000 abortions are performed per day and according to Steven Mosher, President of Population Research Institute, most of the millions of abortions carried out in China are done forcibly.

“The U.S. State Department must more forcefully press for reform in China.  However, as the U.S.’s largest creditor, we clearly come at this from a point of weakness.  The members of Concerned Women for America will continue to pray for freedom for the Chinese people.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Paul Ryan Puts Family First: Conditions for Speaker of the House

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Washington, D.C. – Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) announced in a press conference he would consider running for Speaker of the House, but only under specific conditions. One of the concerns Ryan brought up was how this would affect his family, saying, “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It’s about time someone listed family time as an essential condition to serve. I commend Paul Ryan for making his family a priority, and I respect him greatly for not wavering on such an important matter.

“Family time is important for both men and women. Women may be the child-bearers, but a father plays a crucial roll in a child’s life. Every child needs significant and uninterrupted time with its father and mother.

“The divorce rate among Americans is 40-50 percent, and with each subsequent marriage the rate becomes higher. Common causes of divorce are a lack of commitment and careers. According to the American Psychological Association, a healthy marriage is not only good for the mental and physical health of the couple, it is also good for the children. Growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational, and social problems. Juxtapose these with broken homes, where children of divorced parents are at higher risk of issues such as crime, abuse, poor school performance, behavioral issues, and more. They are also much more likely to have a divorce themselves, only furthering the problem.

“If America really wants to start cleaning up its act, we have to start making our families our top priority. Congress should be taking the lead and setting that example. The next Speaker of the House, no matter who he or she is, needs to press this issue.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Kentucky Clerk Released

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Washington, D.C. – Kim Davis, an elected Kentucky county clerk was released from jail this afternoon after  spending six days behind bars on a contempt of court charge. Davis was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses in response to the SCOTUS’ ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges because it violates her deeply-held religious beliefs. Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance had this to say:

penny-lg-color“While we rejoice with the release of Kim Davis, this issue is about so much more than a clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses-rather it is a prime example of how Christians are actively being pushed out of public office and their voices silenced. Our Nation was founded on religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean others should be forced to participate in other’s choices at the expense of their conscience. Religious freedom was at the center of our nation’s founding and remains an essential part of what makes us strong.

“Religious accommodations are made for pro-life doctors and pharmacists who choose to not perform abortions or prescribe birth control, reasonable accommodations are made for Muslim women who go through airport security, and until recently a Texas judge who refused to issue traditional marriage licenses. It is baffling to think that no such accommodation exists in this case.

“Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, government must employ the least restrictive means for achieving a compelling state interest. Least restrictive means should mean that the County finds an alternative so that homosexuals can get married while protecting the rights of Mrs. Davis. Running someone out of their job due to deeply held religious beliefs is a violation of their civil rights. We all should be worried when we see that happen.

“The same group of people who are condemning Mrs. Davis now, who were chanting outside her office for her to “do her job,” were applauding public officials who violated the law and issued homosexual marriage certificates before the Court issued its ruling on Obergefell. The concern does not lie with the rule of law or justice, but rather with promoting an agenda.”

 

Patrina Mosley, Young Women for America Coordinator, was in Kentucky at the time of Kim Davis’ release. She had this to add:

Patrina Mosley Headshot“Our more than half-a-million members stand with Kim Davis, and the First Amendment stands with Kim Davis. Even though Judge Bunning says Mrs. Davis’  ‘good faith belief is simply not a viable defense,’ the Constitution begs to differ. It is simple:

‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…’

“So as you can see, the First Amendment protects, not just religious beliefs, but the exercise of those beliefs. That clearly implies movement and action–it is the living out of our faiths that the Constitution protects. Precisely what Kim Davis is doing in this instance!

“But Judge Bunning and the ACLU want all Christians out of government unless they are willing to betray their beliefs.  We must choose between God and man. And the answer is pretty simple for us. There is no choice in that really. There is no freedom.

“Just like judges and government force were use to spread and sustain the violation of civil rights for minorities in the past, so too now we see the power of the state used to violate Kim Davis’s civil rights, and in doing so, they violate all our civil rights. They want to make an example of Mrs. Davis, to send a signal to the rest of us. We must be quiet or we too will suffer much.

“Notice Judge Bunning could have only fined Mrs. Davis. Any reasonable observer can see that that would have been more appropriate in this case, given the fact that she poses no threat to anyone. But that would not have accomplished their goal: to show you what will happen to you if you dare not renounce the true meaning of Constitution and your faith.

“So, to his shame, Judge Bunning sent her to jail, saying, ‘The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order.’ He said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses. Once again the false choice was before Mrs. Davis: God or man?

“This ‘astroturf’ choice shows a deep misunderstanding of faith. Faith led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to write from his jail cell in Birmingham that:

‘One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.’

“Kim Davis and we all stand on solid ground, following his example today. We choose justice.  We choose freedom. We choose God.”

For additional information, contact Jaime Ballew at (540) 849-0107 or jballew@cwfa.org, or Janae Stracke at (712) 269-1724 or jstracke@cwfa.org.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with 500,000 participating members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visitwww.concernedwomen.org 

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Kentucky Clerk Jailed For Her Religious Beliefs

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Today, Kim Davis, an elected Kentucky county clerk was found in contempt and jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Obergefell decision, as it violates her religious beliefs. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“We support Kim Davis’ right to act according to her conscience and face the consequences.  Her predicament is the direct result of the lawlessness promoted by the Supreme Court of the United States itself with its unconstitutional Obergefell decision. It’s flippant, and frankly insulting, treatment of religious liberty and Obergefell is a disgrace to that great institution.

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ supporters are chastising Mrs. Davis now, but they were the same group of people that applauded with glee when public officials forced the granting of marriage certificates to same-sex couples in direct violation to their state constitutions, before the Supreme Court’s decision.  They are not concerned about the law or the constitution but simply want to promote their activism through it.

“We believe the law should provide reasonable accommodation to any person who does not want to participate in a same-sex ‘marriage’ union because of their deeply held religious beliefs, as has been done in other areas throughout our history.”

For additional information or an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724. 

CWA Praises GOP Candidates for Addressing Social Issues

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President Penny Nance praised GOP presidential candidates who addressed the issues that are near and dear to the hearts of social conservatives:CWALAC_MediaStatement

“Tonight’s debates gave the candidates a variety of social issues to address.  Statements made about the life issue make it clear that this is an issue that needs to be fought for and it is vital that we have a president who will do just that.  It is also apparent from tonight’s debates that social conservatives need to hold all of these candidates accountable not only for the lives of the unborn, but for the safety and protection of all American citizens.

“In the earlier debate, the topic of Planned Parenthood was addressed early and by every candidate. CWA applauds Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) for bringing the topic of the Planned Parenthood videos showing negotiations for the sale of the remains of aborted babies to the GOP presidential debate stage. It is one of the most important issues of our time.  Gov. George Pataki’s (R-New York) position to defund Planned Parenthood is an indication that the parts-for-sale videos are uniting pro-life and pro-choice Americans on this front.

“We appreciate FOX News making the social issues of abortion, marriage, the Iran deal, and the support of our ally Israel a key part of the GOP presidential primary debate.  The nation is well-served by the mainstream focus and exposure.”

For additional information and to schedule interviews with Penny Nance, contact Janae Stracke at (712) 269-1724 or jstracke@cwfa.org, or Cheri Jacobus of Capitol Strategies PR at (202) 257-4638 or cherijacobus@aol.com.

NOTE: Penny Nance is in Cleveland, Ohio, on-site at the Quicken Loans Arena and will be available for interviews and to offer commentary and analysis.


Basic Guidelines for a Loving Conversation on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

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Many Christian women are discouraged as we process the loss of the marriage battle at the Supreme Court, and rightly so.  But 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 reminds us that, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”  The passage goes on to explain that we carry in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  In our body.  In the very way we live embodied lives — from reaching a hand out to someone hurting, to living sexually whole lives ourselves — our sin is dying so that flourishing life can come.

We have a call.  A mission to motivate us in our times of trouble.  It is time to shake off our petitions and attend to our work.  It is time to be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks us to give a reason for the hope that we have.  And that is what marriage is.  Marriage is hope.  Marriage is hope that in the brokenness and confusion of this dark world there is still love. Lasting, selfless, unfailing love.  And ultimately, by standing up for marriage, we are standing up for Jesus.  The ultimate body given in love.

But how on earth do we do this?  Secular people simply don’t understand our beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.  This is not the first time the Church has faced something like this.  In ancient Rome, Christians were known for their peculiar sexual ethic.  It was the work of early Christians that ended such abhorrent practices as infanticide, once accepted and normal.  Again, we are being called to explain our peculiar views in both word and action.

We at Concerned Women for America (CWA) have already put out a call to action, giving you the crucial first steps to follow.  We must indeed pray, preserve, and participate in actions that will counter the fallout of this ruling.  But we must also arm ourselves with basic, simple, loving explanations of marriage that we can share with our community and anyone whom God might place in our path — this includes a myriad of people with diverse religious backgrounds and very different experiences with marriage.  Hebrews 13:4 reminds us that, “Marriage should be honored by all.”  Marriage impacts everyone, not just the two people in it, and there may very well be those scarred by experiences that may or may not be directly their own.  If one has never seen the beauty of Biblical marriage, one cannot be blamed for not understanding it.

This makes tone all the more important in these discussions.  In response to the ruling, pastors need to be reminding Christians of the Biblical imperative to have a mutual commitment to both truth and love.

The goal is to be able to explain marriage in the coming months. Even if we win this fight, even if all our conscience rights are protected and someday the ruling is overturned, we still need to know this information.  We still need to actively understand marriage both for ourselves, our communities, and those we encounter.  Because there will always be someone hungry to learn what it truly means to love.  Marriage can be that picture pointing us to the ultimate Lover of our soul.

  1. Pray Often
    Ask the Lord to purify your own heart from your own sin.  Ask Him to show you where the Church has failed and what to do about it.  Ask Him to put people and opportunities in your path so that you might share the truth in love, whatever He would have that look like.
  2. Listen to People
    Sometimes it is just as important to listen as it is to speak.  There is great wisdom in silence.  We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit Who reminds us that there is, “a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).”  Listening well also means repeating back to people what they said to ensure they feel heard and understood.
  3. Ask Questions
    It is extremely likely that the reason your friends hold the views they do is because it is what they have been told.  It is quite common for someone never to have heard the conservative viewpoint articulated.  Some have also never thought through defending their own view.  Make them think about what it is they believe and why.  And also ask about their own personal life experiences that have contributed to this opinion.  Make sure they know you value their opinions and even their emotions.  We believe truth can be most fully found in the union of heart and mind.
  4. Tell Stories
    Jesus always spoke in parables.  In a conversation recently with a Christian supporter of same-sex “marriage,” I told the story of a friend of mine who has never met her biological father and all the pain it caused her.  I then explained that many same-sex couples would also be depriving children of their biological parents.  Personal, simple anecdotes like that allow us to calmly explain that this is about more than the two “gay” people involved.
  5. Don’t Be Afraid to Be Friends
    Christ was frequently criticized for eating with tax collectors and sinners.  It’s absolutely okay, encouraged actually, to be open to people who have vastly different worldviews than you.  You have to be discerning, but overall, it can be a wonderful way to have influence on someone who is more likely to listen if they know you actually care for them as a person outside of the issue.  There is great wisdom in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13a, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case, you would have to leave this world.  But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler … What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.”  Notice that Paul warns not against being friends with the immoral, but worries rather about the hypocrites.  We are to disassociate with people in the Church who give us all a bad name by refusing to repent and, instead, insist upon living like the world, particularly in taking advantage of others. This tough love is for other believers not unbelievers.  Also, note that he puts sexual sin in a list equal with many other kinds of wrongdoing.
  6. Don’t be a Pharisee
    Jesus died for them as much as you.  In this fallen world, you both face your own sexual brokenness met by Jesus’ open arms.  The difference is they don’t know the way of peace and forgiveness, and the best way to show them is to live it yourself.  Be vulnerable about your own struggles.  Do not judge them or see them as lesser. I’ve read some pretty angry, hateful speech from some claiming to be on our side.
  7. Meet Them on Common Ground
    It is unlikely (though not impossible) that in one conversation you will be able to change someone’s mind entirely.  Look for ways where you actually agree.  After seeing my photographer friend post, “This wedding vendor accepts all kinds of love,” I asked her if she agreed people should be FORCED to provide the photography service.  She said no, but they should refer to someone who will as a matter of courtesy.  We agreed!  It was victory enough for now.
  8. Live in Loving Christian Community
    We don’t believe someone should have to be married to be accepted by society and loved by people.  That would be discriminatory to single, divorced, and widowed people.  Justice Kennedy wrote in his opinion that, “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there.”  It is a horrible assertion that it takes marriage to cure loneliness.  I know many newly “married” homosexuals will look to marriage to fill a relational hole that is first filled by God, and then by non-eroticized, deep, healthy relationships.  If you are in a married relationship, you have a special responsibility to include within your family’s daily life those hurting, lonely people who do not need earthly marriage to fill their hearts, but a heavenly one.  Christian married couples are to look out for lonely singles around them.  What about that husband or wife that was just widowed?  How about that single mom down the street?  They should be included in casual gatherings.  Homosexuals are actually good at living in community because they feel their cause unites them.  It is sad to see Christians don’t always feel that same interconnected sense in fighting for our eternal cause.

In conclusion, Sara Groves has an old, amazing song called “Conversations” about sharing the Gospel with others.  “I’m not trying to judge you.  No, that’s not my job.  I am a seeker, too.  In search of God.  Somewhere, somehow the subject became taboo.  I have no other way to communicate to you.  That this is all that I have, this is all that I am.”  Her words apply equally to the marriage issue, which is, after all, so inextricably tied to the Gospel itself with Christ as our bridegroom.  “I don’t know how to say this.  I don’t know where to start.  Just know that I care for you.  And I’m speaking from my heart.”  That is all we can do.

Questions About the Case 

Q: What are the primary concerns of CWA after this ruling?

A: We believe this ruling touches on many of our seven core issues, beginning with Defense of the Family and extending to Religious Liberty (including states’ rights), Education, and Sexual Exploitation. We believe the issue of “gay marriage” will have rippling effects through these various issues as we see endangered conscience rights, state authority trampled, sexual education curriculum changes, and extra instability to the homes of children where either a mom or a dad is cut out their lives.

Q: Does the new Supreme Court Opinion protect Religious Liberty?

A: No.  Just the opposite.  As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent, “[P]eople of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.” Out of the 34-page majority opinion, only one paragraph (three sentences, to be exact!) addresses religious liberty.  Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissent expressed grave concerns, saying the decision may have, “potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

It does not, however, take away the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment, so we will continue to fight in the courts on this issue for years to come.  The question is what happens when the right to religious liberty expressly guaranteed by the First Amendment comes into conflict with this newly minted constitutional right to same-sex “marriage.”

Q: If Concerned Women for America sees this as a state’s rights issue, how is this distinct from believing that states should have a right to institute slavery as a reality despite its immorality?

A: The issue of state rights and sovereignty extends as a principle beyond a misguided application to slavery.  Outlawing slavery was within the jurisdiction of the federal government, because it was a human rights issue.  Homosexual “marriage,” by contrast, is not a human rights issue, because there is no fundamental right to “gay marriage,” neither in natural law (the law written on human hearts), nor positive law (the man-made laws and legal structures including the Constitution).  In fact, this ruling deeply endangers religious liberty, which is within the scope of both natural and Constitution jurisprudence.

Q: How can one counter the argument that laws defining marriage as between a man and woman violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

A:  The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment merely states that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”  As you can see, that phrase says nothing about the right to same-sex “marriage.”  The Court is using an invented legal tactic to read new and non-existent rights into the word “liberty.”  Due Process precedent requires the Court to uphold only rights that are “so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental.”  The right to same-sex “marriage” is most definitely not rooted in our traditions; it is, rather, a new cultural invention.  The Court acknowledges the newness of this “right,” but still classifies it as “fundamental,” because it is imposing its own sense of fairness and innovation, ignoring clear legal precedent.

Q: How can one counter the assertion that laws defining marriage as between a man and woman violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

A: The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment states that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  Traditional marriage laws treat everybody equally; it only requires that persons meet the definition: one man and one woman.  There is nothing discriminatory about that.  Before this ruling, every person had the same right to marriage, the same right to choose to marry a person of the opposite sex, because that is what marriage means.  The rights of each person to engage in a certain institution or action do not change because some chose not to engage in that institution or action.  The right to go to church is not discriminating against those who chose not to attend church.  Likewise, the right to get married was not discriminating against those who chose not to get married, for whatever reason.

The Court declined to do what homosexual activists asked them to do, which was to declare homosexuals a “suspect class,” as it had done in the case of race.  Perhaps knowing that, as CWA’s brief before the Court said, homosexuals fail miserably on one of the crucial factors of the suspect class test: the requirement to be “politically powerless.”

Still, even if designated a suspect class, the government would only be required to show a “compelling state interest” to justify laws defining marriage as one man and one woman.  And the stability, support, and promotion of the natural family, considered the building block of society throughout our history and the best environment for the next generation to develop, would certainly meet that criteria.  Thus, nothing in the Constitution compels the Court to rule traditional marriage laws unconstitutional.

Q: Does the state have any business defining marriage at all — traditional or otherwise?

A: The government has an interest in marriage, because it has an interest in children — in the next generation of citizens, which is crucial for our civilization.  Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent that marriage, “arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and a father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.”  He continued: “Therefore, for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond.  Society has recognized that bond as marriage. And by bestowing a respected status and material benefits on married couples, society encourages men and women to conduct sexual relations within marriage rather than without.”

Q: Why should all Christians be concerned about this ruling? 

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  • Children
    Many headlines support opposite conclusions when it comes to the well-being of children raised in same-sex households.  The trick is to have large, random, and representative samples that do direct comparisons between children raised in opposite vs. same sex households.  When such strict study restrictions are present, such as in the Mark Regnerus Family Structures Study, the results show that there are statistically significant differences: children in same-sex households suffer from less safety, more depression, more welfare, less education, more arrests, more attachment disorders, and more drugs, smoking, and TV.  Some of these negative effects were starker for homosexual families even in comparison to unstable heterosexual households.  It is true that there are more studies to be done, especially comparing stable and instable homosexual families, but unfortunately, stable homosexual families are difficult to find as same-sex relationships lend themselves to more fluidity.
  • Religious Liberty and Adoption
    Several Catholic adoption agencies, including those in Boston, San Francisco, and D.C., are being forced to close their doors or lose government partnerships because of their reasonable and religious policy to provide adoptions only to married, opposite-sex parents.
  • Religious Liberty and Tax-Exempt Status
    There have already been calls to diminish or strip churches and religious organizations of their tax-exempt status, even charities doing such great work as feeding the poor.  Religious and charitable organizations could easily be attacked and deprived of tax benefits.
  • Religious Liberty and Businesses
    Organizations such as cake bakers, wedding photographers, and T-shirt printers are being forced to provide their services to “gay weddings” or rallies.  Upon refusal, they are facing intense legal battles and exorbitant fines.  In Oregon, for example, Sweet Cakes by Melissa is being fined $135,000 for their refusal and being threatened with further fines if they dare speak out about the injustice they have suffered.
  • Religious Liberty and Government Officials
    Judges and clerks involved in the government will, because of this ruling, be forced to issue marriage licenses — in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs — to couples they don’t believe can actually get married.  In other words, a Christian judge will be required to grant a marriage standing before the law to a same-sex couple, when participating in such a ceremony would violate their conscience.  Some counties are trying to grant religious exception rights to such governmental officials, which will likely be an ongoing debate.  Some judges feel the purpose of their job requires them to comply, regardless of their own personal views.

Q: How are we to understand bisexual and transgender additions to the “gay” and lesbian movement?

A: The LGBT movement proclaims the goodness of a man wanting to be a woman while saying there is no express way to define a woman’s sexuality.  There is a misapplication of the idea of freedom into choosing whatever sexual lifestyle you desire, regardless of the consequences to yourself and others, with very few limitations.  The gold standard among the majority of LGBT activists is that consent creates correctness.  In some circles, pronouns are constantly being added to LGBT — from lesbian, “gay,” bisexual, and transgender, to adding new letters like “I” for intersex or “Q” for queer or questioning, or “A” for asexual or “P” for polyamorous.  There are also lists of countless pronouns to identify yourself as neutral, various genders, and multiple sexualities.

As Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, recently commented, “America’s errors typically aren’t due to secularism or revived paganism but some form of Christian heresy.”  In this case, it’s Gnosticism — the belief that the material world does not matter and can be rejected in favor of some ephemeral sense of “self-actualization” and “lofty-spirituality” without dogma and without a sense of absolute truth grounded in material reality.  Christianity has always been about the union of body and soul, but homosexuality severs an individual from his or her own body, and, therefore, from part of his or her own self.

As Christians, we believe God made male and female evident by our biology.  The mutual consent to act on a desire does not automatically justify that desire.  The agenda of the LGBT movement is in stark contrast to our Christian views on marriage, sexuality, relationships, and the family.  Even discarding explicitly religious arguments, the sexual philosophy of the LGBT movement will be harmful to secular social concerns, such as children’s well-being and religious freedom.

Q: What can we do to still stand up for marriage now that this ruling is out?

A: There are still many community and legislative measures that will aide us in a continued fight for what marriage truly means.  There will be proposals for a Constitutional Amendment protecting and defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  There will be court cases about religious freedom concerns, such as the rights of cake bakers to refuse to make wedding cakes for “gay” ceremonies.  There will be legislative proposals to protect the rights of adoption agencies to only place within opposite-sex households, and laws to protect religious freedom rights such as The First Amendment Defense Act.  It is important to consider supporting these legislative and judicial measures with activism and advocacy.

Joining CWA is an easy way to stay on top of everything that is happening at the federal and state level.

Meanwhile, it is vital to stay strong while engaging with your community about these issues.  As tempting as it may be to adopt the “Benedict Option,” after a monk named Benedict who escaped the crumbling debauchery of Rome to live a monastic life, this is not the time for such a retreat, but rather a brave charge.  As CWA President and CEO Penny Nance explains, “We can all become Benedictine monks [or] we can clear our throats, we can lean forward, we can have a conversation with our neighbors, and we can try to do something practical to protect ourselves and to lead our country forward.”


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