Federal Judge Decision To Redefine Marriage In Virginia More Of Political Show Than Legal Decision

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February 14, 2014

As we’re sure that you are aware by now, a federal judge in Norfolk, assisted by our newly-elected Attorney General, has ruled that Virginia’s Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. This judge ignored the will of more than a million Virginia voters who ratified the Marriage Amendment by more than 57 percent in 2006, as well as ignoring the state’s interest in protecting a timeless institution designed for the well-being of children.

The timing of Judge Arenda Wright-Allen’s decision, rushed for release last night just prior to Valentine’s Day, reeks of political show, making her ruling less a legal argument and more a press release. It’s disappointing that a federal judge would so blatantly expose her personal political agenda at the expense of not just marriage, but our entire social fabric.

The question is, what can you do to help?

Please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. It is imperative that the voices of those who believe in natural marriage are heard above the din of talking heads and commentators who will revel in this judge’s decision.

Our e-mail system allows you to write a letter online and then it will send it to the editor of your local paper with the click of a button. You don’t need to look up e-mail addresses or editors’ names . . . it couldn’t be much easier.

We have included some talking points that you can use when crafting your letter below. For more background, here is a link to an op-ed TFF President Victoria Cobb wrote in last Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. Please put these into your own words and send your letter off right away. It is too easy to think, “I will do it later” and never get around to it. Thank you for taking action and standing for marriage!

» One federal judge should not disenfranchise the votes of more than one million Virginians.

» The state’s only primary interest in marriage has always been the well-being of children, not the love-lives of adults.

» Social science proves that children do best in a home with a mom and a dad.

» Judge Wright-Allen has politicized her decision by rushing it out the night before Valentine’s Day.

» The decision by the judge on the issue of marriage is not based on any of the facts of the case, any of the evidence presented in hearings, or any of the truth surrounding the state’s interest in marriage.

» This decision will open the door for polygamy and other forms of “marriage” which will continue to degrade the God-ordained institution of marriage.

» Freedom of religion and speech are already being threatened in states that have recognized same-sex “marriage.”

» Attorney General Mark Herring took the unprecedented step of siding with the plaintiffs in this case against the Virginia Constitution he took an oath to uphold.

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9 Responses to “Federal Judge Decision To Redefine Marriage In Virginia More Of Political Show Than Legal Decision”

  1. Jim Smith says:

    Uh – don’t bother.

    » One federal judge should not disenfranchise the votes of more than one million Virginians. – Actually, that is precisely the role of the judge in our democracy – to ensure that the rights of minorities are protected from mob majorities.

    » The state’s only primary interest in marriage has always been the well-being of children, not the love-lives of adults. – Wrong. Marriage is civil recognition of the relationship of two consenting adults who may or may not have children.

    » Social science proves that children do best in a home with a mom and a dad. – Wrong. Research indicates that children of gay couples do as well or better as children of heterosexual couples.

    » Judge Wright-Allen has politicized her decision by rushing it out the night before Valentine’s Day. – Fabulous!

    » The decision by the judge on the issue of marriage is not based on any of the facts of the case, any of the evidence presented in hearings, or any of the truth surrounding the state’s interest in marriage. – Wrong. Read the case. The judge refuted all the junk science presented by the defendants and relied on the accepted conclusions of professional organizations.

    » This decision will open the door for polygamy and other forms of “marriage” which will continue to degrade the God-ordained institution of marriage. – Marriage doesn’t belong to ‘god’ or any religion. It’s a civil matter.

    » Freedom of religion and speech are already being threatened in states that have recognized same-sex “marriage.” Wrong. Religious freedom does not trump civil rights. Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry someone of your sex. Beyond that you’re overstepping.

    » Attorney General Mark Herring took the unprecedented step of siding with the plaintiffs in this case against the Virginia Constitution he took an oath to uphold – which was precisely the right thing to do.

    Face it. Gay marriage bans are falling like dominos nationwide as reasonable folks are coming around to the conclusion that unconstitutional discrimination is best left to history.

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  3. M Mirabelle says:

    The Family Foundation needs new legal council. No majority can vote away equal treatment and protection under the law. Same as no majority can vote away your right to own a gun or practice free speech or assemble or practice your faith.

    It’s baffling why TFF keeps harping on this, mistakenly complaining that the judicial review process subverts the will of the people. When TFF misrepresents the legal process, what TFF is actually doing is dumbing-down their constituents, misinforming their supporters. TFF actually trains their supporters to be legally illiterate. Then their supporters go out into the public running their mouths about things they’ve been mis-taught by TFF and they wind up looking like buffoons, doing nothing to advance TFF policy ideas. In fact, the public buffoonery and ill-informed behavior of these folks is a big part of what drives the public to increasingly support gay marriage.

    Come on, TFF! Start working on some coherent, cogent legal reasons why gay marriage should be banned, and start sharing these with your people. Calling the judge names and accusing her of using Valentines Day for political maneuvering is really grasping at straws. Really, really, really grasping at straws.

    So is that all you’ve got? If so, plan on the marriage amendment being struck down before it’s even ten years old. Then what will TFF leadership say – that they took everybody’s donation money and produced a short-lived, fatally-flawed, illegal statute that eventually resulted in the US Supreme Court finding gay marriage bans unconstitutional across all of America. Ouch.

  4. […] Federal Judge Decision To Redefine Marriage In Virginia More Of Political Show Than Legal Decision […]

  5. R. M. Clarke Sr says:

    The truth of what makes up a real marriage – a special realtionship between a husband and wife–goes back to creation.It was established loooong before any of us were born and will still stand true after we are dust. No one is stopping people from marriage–any man can find a wife–also any woman may find a husband–nuff said..end of argument.

  6. […] Federal Judge Decision To Redefine Marriage In Virginia More Of Political Show Than Legal Decision […]

  7. […] AG Herring proved that as the political winds changed, so did his position on this bedrock principle of marriage. Church, may we no longer be blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Equip your people so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Eph 4) And by all means, let your voice be heard! […]

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