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From: "Americans For Truth" <> Date: May 15, 2008 3:56:44 PM EDT To: <aft­update@americansfortruth.

com> Subject: We Need a Strong Federal Marriage Amendment Dear Readers,   California's highest court has just invalidated California's Proposition 22, creating a legal "fundamental" right to homosexual so-called "marriage" out of thin air, under the guise of equal protection. We're reading the 172-page decision -- available at -- now, but as we suspected, the court's majority made use of the fact that in California, homosexual couples already have been given most of the rights as normal couples -- including the right to adopt children. Footnote 72 on page 117 of the decision is key: "Contrary to the contention of the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund and theCampaign, the distinction in nomenclature between marriage and domesticpartnership cannot be defended on the basis of an asserted difference in the effect on children of being raised by an opposite-sex couple instead of by a same-sex couple. Because the governing California statutes permit same-sex couples to adopt and raise children and additionally draw no distinction between married couples and domestic partners with regard to the legal rights and responsibilities relating to children raised within each of these family relationships, the asserted difference in the effect on children does not provide a justification for the differentiation in nomenclature set forth in the challenged statutes." In other words, by creating an expanding array of rights based on immoral and unnatural behavior, California's politicians paved the way for this arrogant ruling. We must return to principled public policy opposing the creation of ALL newfangled rights based on changeable, immoral and deviant sexual behavior. To illustrate how far afield our culture has drifted -- from God, decency and common sense -- consider this question: How will homosexual California couples -- say, two men -consummate their "marriages"?

Here is a previous AFTAH article pointing to the can of worms this ruling could open up, and why America needs a strong Federal Marriage Amendment that protects more than just the word "marriage": Homosexual Activist Wayne Besen Makes a Strong Case for a Federal Marriage Amendment What will happen if California’s highest court imposes “gay marriage”? The quotation below was sent to us by Gary Glenn of American Family Association of Michigan. Homosexual activist Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight, describes the chaos that would result if California’s highest court were to mandate homosexual “marriages.” Rather than create public sympathy to rectify alleged anti-homosexual “discrimination,” as Besen hopes, we think the ensuing confusion would only heighten citizens’ awareness of the crisis caused by the homosexual lobby and arrogant, social-engineering courts. Only a Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) would establish a national standard preserving the historic institution of marriage as oneman, one-woman — perhaps in name only if current trends continue. California becoming a “gay marriage” state would certainly breathe new life into the FMA. However, another cultural/legal/political battle would follow over “civil unions,” which — far from being an acceptable compromise — are merely another tactic advancing the “gay” activists’ goal of putting government power and authority behind homosexual couples and the creation of unnatural “families.” And as the people of Massachusetts and Vermont know well, lots of bad things (e.g., more pro-homosexual indoctrination in schools, curtailment of moral freedoms) flow from state-sanctioned homosexuality. The only way to solve the same-sex “marriage” crisis permanently is to enact a civil-unions-precluding Federal Marriage Amendment to our Constitution. Assuming that the profamily movement lacks the guts, competence and consensus to do that (or even attempt it), the next (or parallel) battle would be over whether and how “civil unions” are recognized state-to-state — or mandated nationally. Because the “civil unions” landscape suggests the same problem of varying definitions of “unions” and “marriage,” our biggest fear is that the question will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, which

— in all its magnificent wisdom — would attempt to create a “one-sizefits-all” solution to the problem that likely would be about as successful in ending the cultural debate over homosexuality as Roe v. Wade was in ending the abortion debate. — Peter LaBarbera Besen writes: “(T)he California Supreme Court may…come out in favor of same-sex marriage as early as May 23. …If same-sex marriage becomes a reality in America’s largest and most influential state — and is not overturned by a Constitutional Amendment — it will be the biggest earthquake to hit in years. The sheer number of couples who will marry (and divorce, it is California, after all) will forever change this debate. It will cause a legal mess, as many of these married couples — often with children — migrate to states that still discriminate. The consequences of such relocations will force the entire country to grapple with this issue. No longer will the debate be theoretical, but will focus on the discrimination endured by families whose married status vanishes the moment they cross state lines.”– Wayne Besen, “Observations,” originally printed April 24, 2008 (Issue 1617) in “Between The Lines News” [BTL is a homosexual newspaper in Michigan]);

_______________________________ CWA, NOM React to Cal. Marriage Ruling: NOM: California Supreme Court Overturns Prop 22: NEW! CWA: California Supreme Court Betrays “We the People” on Marriage: NEW! ________________________________

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