It’s For the Kids

Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at FRC, wrote an article featured in U.S. News about how overturning Proposition 8 would be harmful to children and society. Sprigg states:

“In order to encourage, protect and regulate this most fundamental relationship of a mother, father and child, the state recognizes and supports marriage and defines it as the union of one man and one woman. Liberal activists are now asking the Supreme Court to unilaterally change this most basic definition of our most fundamental social institution. They would have us believe that the authors of our Constitution enshrined within it the right of a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman.”

Let Voters Decide on Marriage

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, discusses in his recent CNN article the details and impact of both recent Supreme Court cases, Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Klukowski states:

“Windsor would alter America's system of federalism. Only the states determine who can get married. But the federal government is free to decide whom to confer federal benefits on — largely economic entitlements and federal issues such as immigration. Federalism is a two-way street. But if DOMA Section 3 is invalidated, the states will be able to dictate whom the recipients of federal benefits are. If Windsor is historic, Hollingsworth is earth-shattering. If the Supreme Court declares a constitutional right to marriage other than one-man, one-woman, then all traditional marriage laws in all 50 states will be invalid, and there will be a serious debate (already in a lower federal court) of whether polygamists also have a constitutional right to national recognition.”

The Supreme Court Can't Unilaterally Change the Definition of Marriage

FRC Senior Fellow, Chris Gacek’s article featured in U.S. News and World Report addresses the recent DOMA case and discusses the impacts of DOMA as a federal decision. Gacek states:

“The fact of the matter is that after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) became law under President Clinton's signature in 1996, a large majority of states affirmed the male-female definition. Many have done so by amending their state constitutions, and this all took place within the past 20 years.”