Gay marriage battle distracts statists of both parties
By Martin Hill
November 10, 2009
A law that allowed so-called 'same-sex marriage' in Maine was repealed last week by voters, and had the internet all aflutter.
Evan Wolfson, director of Freedom to Marry, issued a statement:
"Despite a strong grassroots effort in Maine, an attack campaign by anti-gay forces just barely overturned Maine’s law supporting the freedom to marry for gay couples." He continued "the fight will continue for the freedom to marry in Maine, and across the country".
The repealed law, which had been titled An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom, had stated "Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships.. must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law."
It went on to state that first cousins may marry:
"a man person may marry the daughter of his father's brother or sister or the daughter of his mother's brother or sister, and a woman may marry the son of her father's brother or sister or the son of her mother's brother or sister that person's first cousin as long as, pursuant to sections 651 and 652, the man or woman person provides the physician's certificate of genetic counseling."
The group Stand for Marriage Maine lead the fight to repeal the law, and had released TV Ads urging conservatives to vote, with their website urging "This new ad makes it clear why we must vote YES on Question 1 to prevent homosexual marriage from being pushed on Maine students."
In one of their 'Key Talking Points' , they explained "the People’s Veto does not discriminate against gays; it simply restores the meaning of marriage and protects it as an essential institution that has benefited mankind since the beginning of time. Every culture in the world understands that marriage is between a man and a woman."
Obama, while running for president, issued a statement in opposition to California's Prop 8, which eventually passed, and defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Obama's statement, titled "Obama Statement on Vote Against Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage", had been read to a Democratic club in San Francisco:
•The text of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco:
Dear Friends, Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club's Pride Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country. As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states. For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.
Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today's celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.
Sincerely, Barack Obama
Both the left and right constantly advocate some sort of government meddling in marriage. Even those who hold a limited government view, however, are rarely heard advocating absolutely no government involvement in marriage. California's Prop 8 is another example of divide and conquer, an issue of little significe other than to distract and divide the public, keeping the left and right fighting amongst each other. For those well meaning traditionalists and Christians who are worried about what the state schools teach your kids regarding marriage, if you don't know by now that your kids are not best served by keeping them far away from "public" government run schools, you're not doing your job.
For those advocating homsexuality and so-called 'gay marriage', begging the state to meddle in your affairs is a sad and tragic act of ignorance.
Both sides of this debate are fighting for more state intrusion into an arena where the state should have no valid business.
Let's take a look at what courts have ruled regarding marriage contracts. Do you believe, like the state does, that the state is 'guardian of your morals'? Good grief.:
This state is a party to every marriage contract of its own residents as well as the guardian of their morals. Roberts v. Roberts, 81 Cal App.2d 871 [Civ. no. 15818. Second Dist., Div. two. Oct 17, 1947]
In fact, the entire familial relationship involves the State. When two people decide to get married, they are required to first procure a license from the State. if they have children of this marriage, they are required by the State to submit their children to certain things, such as school attendance and vaccinations. Furthermore, if at some time in the future the couple decides the marriage is not working, they must petition the State for a divorce. Marriage is a three party contrct between the man, the woman, and the State. [West v. West, 689 N.E.2d 1215 (1998)]
"The state represents the public interest in the institution of marriage. Linneman...... This public interest is what allows the State to intervene in certain situations to protect the interests of members of the family. The State is like a silent partner in the family who is not active in the everyday running of the family but becomes active and exercises its powers and authority only when necessary to protect some important interests of family life. Taking all this into consideration, the question no longer is whether the State has an interest or place in disputes such as the one at bar, but it becomes a question of timing and necessity".... [West v. West, 689 N.E. 2d 1215 (1998)]
For skeptical statist Catholics, let's look at what Pope Leo XIII wrote about state involvement in marriage in his encyclical HUMANUM GENUS (On Freemasonry)
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII 20 April 1884:
21. What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer. To these things the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long endeavored to make them into a law and institution. For in many countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite; in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is used to make it lawful as soon as may be. Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract—that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.
With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavors to take to itself the education of youth. They think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan. Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.
I also couldn't help but notice at the time that the plethora of "Yes on 8" signs were often accompanied by MCCAIN/PALIN signs. Obama supporters were more likely to vote no on 8. For those caught up in this nonsense, let me remind you that McBama and O'Cain are both criminal puppets who don't give one lick about you, your family, abortion, gay marriage, or America. Behind closed doors they are laughing at you, along with the global elite who pulls their strings.
if you feel compelled to participate ion the fraud circus we call elections, where the possibility of your vote actually being counted is dubious at best, vote NO to mroe state control over our lives. The state doesn't care about you. The government doesn't care about you. The politicians don't care about you.
They don't care about you.
Galations 5:1 For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
"But he said: Woe to you lawyers also, because you load men with burdens which they cannot bear" Luke 11:46
Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Rense, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com
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