|An Open Letter to Alabama Legislators,
In an effort to help you encourage your local Probate Judges to stand for natural marriage, I am forwarding the excerpted email below from Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel. He has pledged to defend those who refuse to perform ceremonies that violate Alabama’s Constitution.
Support for those who resist this judicial tyranny comes from the Alabama Baptist Board of Missions http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/print-edition-article-detail.php?id_art=33380&pricat_art=1,Franklin Graham http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/franklin-graham-weighs-in-on-alabama-marriages/, and the 81% of Alabamians who voted for the sanctity of marriage amendment – among many others!
Please read Phyllis Schlafly’s 1/28/2015 column to understand why:
· “It’s long past time for the U. S. Supreme Court to reaffirm the principle that the federal courts can not interfere in state domestic relations”. http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/marriage-on-the-chopping-block.html
Additionally, I call to your attention the Marriage Statement in the 2009 Manhattan Declaration co-authored by Dean Timothy George (Beeson Divinity School at Samford University), the late Chuck Colson, and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, Dr. Robert George http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/#0. It has close to one million signers. Included is this statement:
“No one has a civil right to have a non-marital relationship treated as marriage. Marriage is an objective reality – a covenantal union of husband and wife – that it is the duty of the law to recognize and support for the sake of justice and the common good… If it fails to do so, genuine social harms follow. First, the religious liberty of those for whom this is a matter of conscience is jeopardized. Second, the rights of parents are abused as family life and sex education programs in schools are used to teach children that an enlightened understanding recognizes as “marriages” sexual partnerships that many parents believe are intrinsically non-marital and immoral. Third, the common good of civil society is damaged …”
May God bless you in these critical times as you seek to deter the condoning of actions that God and civilized society have condemned for centuries as unhealthy.
In an escalating battle for natural marriage, Alabama has become ground zero. The state is in judicial chaos after a federal judge ruled that Alabama’s marriage law is unconstitutional. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore took issue with the ruling and rightly declared that probate judges are not required to preside over same-sex “marriage” ceremonies. Liberty Counsel will defend the probate judges who follow the direction of Chief Justice Moore. Please see my important update on this pressing matter – Mat.
It is fitting that Alabama’s motto is, “We dare defend our rights,” while the battle to preserve natural marriage is raging in that southern state. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and then put her decision on hold until yesterday.
Liberty Counsel agrees with Chief Justice Moore. The Alabama probate judges are not bound by an opinion of a single federal judge. This sole federal judge does not have jurisdiction to order all state probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As members of the state judicial branch, probate judges are not bound by the decisions of the lower federal courts, as confirmed by multiple Alabama and U.S. Supreme Court cases.
We will defend any probate judge who is challenged on their refusal to perform a same-sex marriage.
+ + Now is the time for Americans who are concerned about the moral collapse in our nation to rise up and take action by standing for marriage! This battle is far from over. …
+ + An escalating “marriage” quagmire.
Right now, Liberty Counsel is also involved in numerous other cases to affirm that natural marriage is not subject to redefinition by a court or legislature. We are aggressively defending the rights of citizens to declare that natural marriage is the standard for their state and locality.
We are standing with Christian business owners who decline same-sex “marriage” business, which would force them to participate in something that violates their consciences. We are empowering these business owners to stand against the personal assaults, demonstrations, and demonization by radical homosexual activists.
Last month, the High Court agreed to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld natural marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Again, our legal team will be actively engaged in that hearing. I firmly believe that this is a crucially important and winnable battle.
God bless you abundantly for standing on behalf of God-ordained, natural marriage.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. Marriage laws nationwide are in horrible confusion as is evidenced recently in Florida and now in Alabama. This disorder and division in lower jurisdictions is what can be expected when judicial activists force their will on society!
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