"The Court has relinquished its legitimacy with these wrong-headed opinions that attempt to radically redefine marriage. No one has the right to destroy what God created as the union of the two sexes." -- Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America and Founder, Tea Party Unity Project
Contact: Misty Allmond, 936-645-0118, [email protected]
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court today took sides in a crucial cultural debate over the radical redefinition of marriage.
In a 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to couples not composed of one man and one woman. The ruling applies to the District of Columbia and the 12 states that have legalized same-sex "marriage." Kennedy cited the Fifth Amendment's Equal Protection clause.
Kennedy's earlier majority opinions struck down Colorado's voter-approved Amendment Two (1996) barring the use of "sexual orientation" as a civil rights class, and Texas' anti-sodomy law (2003).
"Justice Kennedy has shown utter contempt for constitutional self-government and seems interested only in promoting the use of state power to displace biblical values and to enforce sexual immorality," Scarborough said. "This is a profound threat to the freedoms of religion, speech and association."
In a related case, in a 5-4 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court denied standing for defenders of California's Proposition 8 constitutional marriage amendment and remanded the case back to the court where U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Prop 8, which California's voters had approved in 2008.
Walker's ruling applies only to the Northern District of California, leaving the rest of the state's law intact, according to Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver. Walker, who is homosexual, ignored 5,000 years of human history, writing that he could find no reason for defining marriage in the law as the union of one man and one woman other than "animus" towards homosexuals.
Enacted in 1996 by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and signed by President Clinton, DOMA defines marriage for all federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, and allows the states not to be forced under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution into recognizing marriages from other states that do not comport with their own marriage laws.
The Rev. Scarborough, Tea Party Unity Steering Committee member Robert Knight, a drafter of DOMA, and many other conservative and Tea Party leaders have signed a declaration to support God's ordained institution of marriage in the face of governmental power to destroy it through radical redefinition.
For more information on Tea Party Unity, go to www.teapartyunity.org. To schedule an interview with Tea Party Unity Project Founder Rick Scarborough (an ordained Southern Baptist minister) or Robert Knight contact Misty Allmond at 936-645-0018 or [email protected].