Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Courts Undermine a Holy Institution

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Courts Undermine a Holy Institution

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The decision - now put on hold - by one judge in Hawaii that the state may not prohibit same-sex marriages goes against the Author of marriage, legal precedent, the will of an estimated 75 percent of Hawaii's citizens and what used to be called common sense.

But there is no victory yet for the gay lobby, as it has claimed. It is what Alliance for Traditional Marriage chairman Mike Gabbard called "a preliminary decision. The main event is the coming 1997 legislative session, where a constitutional amendment defending marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman will be introduced and hopefully passed with the required two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate."

The reason that Hawaii and the rest of the nation are having problems not only with same-sex marriage but also a host of other moral issues is that we've forgotten or ignored certain definitions. If gay "marriage" is allowed, there will be no stopping others who wish to strike down what remains of foundational truths once thought to be self-evident. Even the dictionary will have to be rewritten, because it says to marry "is to join as husband and wife according to law or custom." The U.S. Supreme Court has understood this definition to mean that marriage occurs when a man and a woman enter into a legal and spiritual relationship ordained by God. "For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother, and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." That's from the Old Testament Book of Genesis (chapter 2, verse 24, to be precise), a book that has been receiving some attention on television, in Time magazine and in the bookstores in recent weeks. That notion of male-female marriage is repeated in the New Testament and is given a further dimension when St. Paul compares it to the relationship between Christ and his church. So, God is the Author of marriage, not a university sociologist, or think tank and certainly not the courts. …

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