Freedom Outpost contributor Evalyn Bennett recently sent an open letter to the United States Supreme Court over the issue now before them to redefine marriage as something other than what it is; between a man and a woman. She pointed out not only that is a ruling to redefine marriage against the moral law of God, but it strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. We present this letter for your consideration.
Dear Supreme Court Justices:
The DOMA and Proposition 8 cases you heard last week are unprecedented in the history of this nation. I urge you to make a ruling to affirm traditional marriage in both cases. The reason you are having difficulty reviewing the cases is because the premise for their consideration is found in God’s moral law (natural law), not the Constitution. Your interpretation of DOMA and Proposition 8 must be based on the cultural and moral context of the United States at the time the Constitution was written and ratified.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights do not define or assert traditional marriage as an inalienable right because it was inconceivable to the Framers of the Constitution that any other type of relationship would be considered marriage! That view, which is based on the Old and New Testament teachings of our Judeo-Christian heritage, has prevailed in our nation until very recently. Until 1973 homosexual conduct was considered deviant behavior by the American Psychiatric Association. Sodomy was also banned in many states until your court inappropriately applied to American law a decision by the European Court of Human Rights!
The institution of marriage between one man and one woman is defined by God, and it is not man’s prerogative to change God’s moral law. His law is codified in the numerous statutes recorded in the Old Testament. The Constitution does not grant homosexuals a fundamental “right” to marriage, because no such right exists. Same-sex unions are not marriage, no matter how you might want to redefine the term “marriage.” (A skunk does not stop being a skunk just because you might call it a black and white house cat!) Marriage can never be truthfully defined in any way other than as a legal union between one man and one woman. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked” (Galatians 6:7). What God has unequivocally deemed wrong, man’s law can never make right.
In a recent Newsmax article, Justice Kennedy is quoted as follows: “Prior to expressing his doubts about whether the court should decide the case, Kennedy pressed Cooper on the “imminent legal injury” facing almost 40,000 California children being raised by gay and lesbian couples.” It is tragic that 40,000 children are in this situation. But it could have been prevented if either the “parents” or the legislatures of the states they live in had been obedient to God’s commands and not insisted on allowing homosexuals to marry and adopt children! Through Proposition 8, California’s citizens have rightly sought to correct the wrong done by their legislature and governor. Should the Supreme Court fail to rule in favor of upholding God’s definition of traditional marriage, millions of children in decades to come will succumb to the social experimentation of California and other states that have allowed same-sex marriage and adoption. If you fail to assert the traditional definition of marriage, you leave our society wide open to ALL sexual immorality expressly condemned by God in His Word: adultery, fornication, bestiality, incest, and homosexuality.
Ruling against DOMA would also violate an inalienable right that is stated in the Constitution: the First Amendment right of religious freedom. Bible-believing Christians would be forced to pay taxes to provide benefits to same-sex “marriage” partners of federal employees. Like the Affordable Care Act’s tax on abortion services and mandate to provide abortifacient drugs, redefining homosexual unions as “marriage” would force millions of Americans to violate the teachings of their faith. Christian pastors would also be forced to choose between performing same-sex “marriage” ceremonies in direct violation of their deeply held religious convictions and the (as yet undefined) consequences for refusing to do so.
These violations of our Constitutional right to religious freedom are just two examples of the drastic implications for our nation if you fail to uphold traditional marriage. If you do not defend traditional marriage, you have normalized aberrant sexual behavior. If homosexuals want the “right” to marry, they can conduct themselves in a manner that accords them the right to marry! What DOMA, Proposition 8, and the marriage amendments enacted by a large majority of the states affirm is that only one standard of relational conduct is marriage and that standard is God’s standard.
Really, God’s moral law does not need the defense of DOMA, Proposition 8, or the states’ amendments, for despite our nation’s wandering in the field of moral relativism, God’s standards are true and absolute (Psalm 33:4; 119:142, 160). He will furthermore always have the “last word.” I don’t think we want to oppose His statutes against sexual immorality and reap the consequences of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-19:25) or the Midianite nation (Numbers 25 and 31).
As leaders of our nation, God will hold each of you accountable for your decision, so choose carefully. Nine Supreme Court justices went against God’s moral law forty years ago, condemning millions of unborn American citizens to death by abortion. Please do not repeat their mistake by fabricating a fundamental “right” to immoral behavior (in that case, murder), when no such right exists. End our country’s “season” of social experimentation with marriage and affirm both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. In so doing you will affirm the commandments of the Lord God Almighty, earn His commendation, and set our nation back on a path of righteousness.
Evalyn P. Bennett