Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), signed a memo defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996.
The law defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman for federal purposes and allows states to refuse to recognize so-called marriages between two people of the same sex, even if recognized as marriage in other states.
The memo’s signatories, which include CURE’s vice president for Government Relations & Coalitions Marty Dannenfelser, and CURE board member Ken Blackwell, also oppose the recently introduced Respect for Marriage Act.
Leftists claim that homosexual “marriage” is under threat after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. They seek to codify the badly decided Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) ruling that people of the same sex have a constitutional right to “marry.” An excerpt of the memo:
The Court’s decision in Obergefell unleashed religious freedom violations across the land, launching a new era of harassment and coercion of millions of Americans who hold a sincere religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is, or ought to be, between one man and one woman. President Barack Obama’s solicitor general signaled at this during oral argument in the case, saying that it was “certainly going to be an issue” if schools with a moral code of conduct prohibiting extramarital sexual involvement, including homosexuality, wanted to retain their tax-exempt status in the wake of the ruling.
The Respect for Marriage Act will further usher in this new era of oppression. Not only does it increase the threat of legal liability for those who decline to affirm same-sex marriage, but it would help cement a “national public policy” on same-sex marriage that would have drastic consequences. In Bob Jones University v. United States, the Supreme Court looked at whether a school’s actions were contrary to a “fundamental national public policy” to determine whether tax exemption could be denied to that school. If this bill becomes law, the executive branch could argue that same-sex marriage is a “fundamental national public policy” to justify the denial of the tax-exempt status of schools and other entities that decline to affirm same-sex marriage.
Although homosexuals claimed that their “marriage” wouldn’t impact opponents, Christians knew that wouldn’t be the case. The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, and that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. People who believe God’s word have a constitutional right not only to profess their faith but to live it. They have a right to refuse to sully their conscience and their faith. Homosexuality is against God’s natural order, and any law or policy that seeks to suppress expression of this truth violates our constitutionally protected free exercise of religion.
Signatories to the memo include Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee; Ryan Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center; and Alan Sears, founder of Alliance Defending Freedom.
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