News on the Marriage Front~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
is front and center in the news again. Last Friday, by a vote of 33-29, New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriage.
Even though this may seem to be a crippling blow in the fight to maintain the sanctity of marriage, this is by no means the end. We need to remember, as Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx said, "God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage a long time ago."
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) founding Chairman Prof. Robert George and co-writer of the Manhattan Declaration said in a recent interview in the National Review, "It is worth noting that what has happened in New York will have at least one significant good effect for the pro-marriage cause. It will re-nationalize the marriage issue and propel it into the 2012 presidential primaries and general election."
We must stand firm in our beliefs as they are being challenged from all sides. George reminds us that, "As we fight in other states and at the national level to prevent the redefinition and legal abolition of marriage, it is important to remember that this is merely the first step in a much larger struggle to renew and rebuild a healthy marriage culture."
As we continue to fight to rebuild marriage, let us not forget to take action.
Thank you for standing with the Manhattan Declaration as we continue to engage with culture about the sanctity of life, dignity of marriage, and religious liberty.