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What you need to know about marriage
· May 06, 2013 10:00 AM
The US Supreme Court is currently reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union between a man and woman. Specifically it’s looking at The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and Proposition 8 an amendment to the California constitution passed in 2008 by voters in that state.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. It has released a brochure aimed at educating Americans on the important questions and answers driving the marriage debate.
With the recent passing of legislation in both France and New Zealand allowing same-sex couples to marry, same-sex marriage activists in Australia are attempting to pressure our government to follow suit. This is despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September by a margin of almost two-one.
Now more than ever, the onus lies with the Christian constituency to uphold the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and to advocate for the rights of children to have both a mother and a father.
With this in mind, we encourage you to download and read the ADF brochure. It is a very relevant and useful resource defending marriage.
It explores questions such as:
What is marriage?
Why does marriage matter to the government?
What are the consequences of redefining marriage?
Hasn’t divorce already harmed the institution you’re trying to preserve?
What does the research say?
Why shouldn’t everyone be able to marry the one they love?
Why would allowing same-sex couples to marry be bad for marriage?
and many more.
Download a free copy of the brochure
US Supreme Court to hear cases on gay marriage
· December 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Last week the US Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases next year relating to same-sex marriage.
The main case concerns the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter initiative in California that banned gay marriage. In June 2008, same-sex couples were granted a license to marry after a Californian Supreme Court ruled that they have a constitutional right to marry. This decision was overturned after more than one million signatures were received in a petition to see the fulfilment of Proposition 8.
The second case relates to entitlements - whether a couple is recognised when it comes to tax laws, health insurance and other federal benefits for spouses. The situation is different to here in Australia where laws were changed in 2008 to remove discrimination from same-sex couples when it came to tax, health, superannuation and other benefits.
The New York Times has advocated for same-sex marriage but a recent
published by the newspaper raises doubts about whether the time is right for such a case. The cases will be argued in March with a decision expected in June.
ACL's Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton was recently interviewed on the ACL's Political Spot radio program on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the cases on gay marriage. Listen to his thoughts
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