Marriage is very important to me. Personally, it is a covenant that I made with my wife of over 35 years. It is a sacred trust between the two of us but it is more than that. Marriage plays a significant part in the health of our society and the future of our children. This is why I have fought so hard to preserve the traditional definition of marriage.
In November, Illinois became the sixteenth state (including the District of Columbia) to change its definition of marriage to include homosexual relationships. You probably didn't hear too much about the fight in Illinois, which dragged on for several months longer than homosexual "marriage" activists had intended. Why did it take so long for an overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature to approve what homosexual activists promise us is an inevitable part of our future?
The answer is that, for quite a while, the efforts of key black clergy members preserved the traditional definition of marriage in Illinois. Their courageous stand-which included placing relentless pressure on black Democratic legislators-had the opposition gnashing its teeth in frustration. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on their activity in May, noting, "stubborn resistance within the House Black Caucus, a 20-member bloc of African-American lawmakers who have faced a withering lobbying blitz against the plan [to redefine marriage] from black ministers, has helped keep Harris' legislation [to redefine marriage] in check, with several House members still undecided." more >>
The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned society on the dangers of the "international campaign" behind same-sex marriage, and insisted that the traditional family structure is needed for the survival of humankind.
"Preservation of marriage as a union between a man and a woman based on love and mutual understanding and birth of beloved children are a precondition for survival of humankind," Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said in a statement on Tuesday following a meeting at the upper house of the Russian parliament, ITAR-TASS News Agency said of reports in the world's largest country.
Kirill added that the church is also concerned about marital infidelity and the "irresponsibility in relations between men and women," in his message directed toward "all sober-minded people of Russia and other countries." more >>
The Indiana legislature may be on its way to passing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after its House of Representatives approved such a proposal Tuesday. The proposal leaves the possibility of civil unions and benefits to same-sex employees open in the future.
The legislation, House Joint Resolution 3, passed the state's House of Representatives Tuesday with a slim 57 to 40 vote. All of those who approved the ban were Republican, while 11 Republicans and all Democratic House members voted in opposition to the ban. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but HJR-3 would define marriage as being between one man and one woman in the state's constitution.
In the past few weeks, Indiana's legislature has seen intense debate over HJR-3 due to the second sentence of the proposal, which bans the possibility of civil unions among gay couples by stating: "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." Those opposed to the original text of the bill argued that this sentence could also possibly prevent employers from offering benefits, such as insurance, to their same-sex employees. more >>
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "finger licking good?" Or how about "fly the friendly skies" or "the ultimate driving machine?" These phrases are corporate branding slogans for Kentucky Fried Chicken, United Airlines, and BMW the automobile company. I could go on listing slogans, some of which would likely be your favorite brands.
Have you wondered why these slogans linger in your mind so vividly? I call them mental lint. "Family branding" has long existed and has been used to earn our loyalty by corporate marketers. Many of us exhibit possessive extremes by refusing to wear or drive competing brands. We also utter statements like "We are a ______ family."
Family branding allows a corporation to maximize unity in numbers while promoting a vast array of products. more >>
South Dakota's legislative body is mulling over two bills that seek to protect clergy and business owners from being forced to perform or host gay marriages.
Known as Senate Bill 66 and Senate Bill 67, the two bills were introduced last week and have been referred to the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republican South Dakota State Senator Ernie Otten introduced both bills, with SB 66 focusing on exemptions for clergy and SB 67 focusing on exemptions for businesses. more >>
A lawyer at a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C., has reportedly left his reputable job to help Utah defend its same-sex marriage ban, citing his strong Mormon faith as the motivation behind his decision.
Gene Schaerr, formerly a partner at the Winston & Strawn legal firm, reportedly sent a firm-wide email to coworkers on Jan. 17 announcing his plans to lead the state in defending its ban on same-sex marriage, which was struck down by a federal judge in December. Schaerr cited his dedication to his faith and family as the reason for his departure.
"I have accepted that position so that I can fulfill what I have come to see as a religious and family duty: defending the constitutionality of traditional marriage in the state where my church is headquartered and where most of my family resides," Schaerr, a Mormon, said in the email, which was reportedly leaked to the Above the Law blog. more >>