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"If You Did Not Vote To Defend the Sanctity of Marriage..."

On March 31st of this year (2004), The Georgia State House of Representatives passed a state constitutional marriage amendment. This means that come this fall, it will go to the voters who will determine by popular vote whether it becomes law or not. Utah has already done the same, and more states may follow.

The amendment stipulates that marriage is between a man and a woman. Not everyone accepts this anymore. From the very beginning, God has defined marriage as being the joining of a man and a woman into a unique partnership. We read, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24). In teaching on this very thing, Jesus said, "And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, "for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?" (Matthew 19:4,5).

No court in the land, on whatever level from county to the Supreme Court, can really change what God has ordained. Abraham Lincoln once asked, "If you call a dog's tail a leg, then how many legs would a dog have?" His opponent answered, "Five". Lincoln said, "No, he would still only have four legs, because a tail is still a tail no matter what you call it."

And a union between two males or two females is still not a marriage no matter what we may call it. Both God the Father and God, the Son have already sanctioned and defined marriage, and therefore have taken its definition forever out of the realm of civil law. Oh, a judge can call a homosexual union a marriage, but it isn't. A higher Judge has already spoken.

Back to Georgia. Liberals consider such an amendment which defines marriage the same way God does as a defeat. The House Legislative Black Caucus, one such liberal group, had tried and failed to defeat the bill. However, many black religious leaders, concerned about the nation's drift away from God, fully supported the bill. Some 30 of them had signed a letter to the legislators which stated in part, "If you will not vote to defend the sanctity of marriage, you have forfeited your right to serve in our state because you certainly do not represent the people who elected you." In the house vote, four black house members broke rank and their votes guaranteed passage of the bill.

By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 11.8; August, 2004