|Stop the Assault on Marriage
Next week, the people of my home state will have the opportunity to vote for or against a constitutional amendment that reinforces the idea that marriage is solely "the union of one man and one woman" and that "this state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
Texas are voting on the
expansion of marriage to include homosexual relationships and other
The bottom line of this amendment: Leave traditional marriage alone.
Over the last few weeks, this controversial amendment has brought out legions of bizarre and confusing arguments and tactics. By reading the newspaper, watching the news and listening to talk shows, one would think that the world has turned completely upside down. Supposed Christians are defending homosexuality. So-called "ministers" are invoking the name of Jesus Christ to shame voters from voting. Alleged intellectuals are concocting contorted arguments to explain why Texans should not vote their minds on the face value of the amendment.
Most of these arguments defy conventional wisdom and simple logic. To understand why all of the good people of Texas should just get out and exercise their freedom to shape our government, let's take a look at some of the propaganda that's out there and examine its merit.
First, we are told, if one votes to reinforce the view of marriage that has existed since the first Pilgrims stepped onto American soil, that voter is a bigot fuming with fear and/or hatred. This argument attempts to use morality to combat morality. If one believes that hatred is immoral, then that sense of morality compels them to accept every action, even if that action flies in the face of traditional morality. The flaw in this logic is so glaring that some people are blinded by it. If one rejects such things as prostitution, drug abuse, or pedophilia, does that mean that person hates all prostitutes, drug users or children? Of course not! It simply means that the person believes that such actions are detrimental to individuals or society and wishes to uphold a standard of morality that reflects those beliefs. All laws legislate some level of morality. A constitution and its appended amendments reflect the moral will of the people. Hatred and fear are not required to possess a sense of right and wrong.
Second, some assert that Jesus promoted homosexuality when he said, "love your neighbor as yourself." To leap from the concept of love to the act of homosexuality requires a complete dissociation from the true meaning of love. Sex is not love. It never has been and never will be. It is right for a parent to love his or her child. It is sick and vile for that parent to engage in sexual activity with his or her child. It is proper for me to love my pastor, my co-workers, and my friends. It is disgusting (and in some cases criminal) for me to attempt to engage them in sex. Jesus promoted love. In fact, Jesus
is love. Sex in any form, including homosexuality, has nothing to do with true love,
even though a married man and woman can freely enjoy this God-given, intimate relationship.
Third, there is a widely promoted, and deviously subtle, argument that this particular amendment is flawed in some way and, therefore, should not be made law. Some have lied outright, claiming that the law will in fact outlaw all marriages! Others are more clever, constructing lengthy cases as to why the amendment is legally unsound and will only be overturned by the courts. But to the average voter, this is simply a smokescreen to keep him or her at home. The amendment will not outlaw traditional marriage; it will further codify it. If the courts decide that the law is poorly worded, then they will do their job and throw it back to the state legislature for them to do their job and draft a better-written law, which will then put it back in front of the people for them to do their job and vote again. The voter's responsibility is simply to show up on November 8 (or participate in early voting through November 4) and cast his or her vote.
The call is clear: If you believe marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman, vote for the amendment. If you believe marriage needs to be modified to include same-sex relationships and other arrangements, vote against it.
For those who do not live in my state, it may be beneficial for you to forward this column or make a phone call to your friends in Texas and urge them to vote as they see fit. Our children's lives will be shaped by the actions we take today. The first step toward determining their future is to step into the voting booth and register our opinion by voting our conscience.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE
Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host
of the television program, Life
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