Legal Marriage: The Issue That May Decide The Election in 2012
Can non-traditional marriages become an accepted norm?
For those who believe the Pentateuch, the Qu’ran, or the Holy Bible, the holy law is quite clear: when it comes to marriage, it’s not the loving couples that are the problem, it’s the unnatural coupling God finds offensive.
Most Americans, by a wide majority, say they believe in God. Many of those believers believe in the sanctity of marriage. When it comes to sanctity, many of those believers believe in the truths of the Pentateuch, the Qu’ran, and the Holy Bible as expressing the history of God’s relationship to mankind and God’s commandments.
The Defense of Marriage Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996 sought to protect traditional marriage at the federal level by preserving the right of the several states to establish their own laws on marriage and whether or not to recognize non-traditional marriages legally performed in another state. North Carolina has just amended its state constitution to make marriage between one man and one woman their state law, and other states are likely to follow by enacting a similar law.
The president of the United States, as its chief executive, is the official with the primary responsibility to see that the laws of the land are enforced. In the face of state court rulings that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the current president, President Obama stated in 2011 that he would not defend that contested section of the law. The House of Representatives is defending it in place of the Department of Justice which, without the president’s decision, would normally have done so.
President Obama in May 2012 said publicly that he supports the desire of a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman.
His likely opponent in the Election of 2012, Mitt Romney has publicly stated his belief that only the marriages of a man and a woman are acceptable and that he is determined to see traditional marriage defended and upheld as the basis for forming American families of a female mother and a male father and as the cornerstone and foundation of a healthy American society.
Clearly the lines are drawn. No other issue, not the National Debt or high unemployment,, not an unpopular system of national healthcare or the current Occupy Movement, could have so polarized American voters.
Mainstream churches including Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Protestants which wholeheartedly supported the Defense of Marriage Act will find it difficult to support the reelection of a seated president who states public support for something which seemingly leads to acts they still consider to be sinful.
It appears that President Obama had not intended to make his present view of accepting non-traditional marriages so clear. It is now.
Americans who believe in God and in some or all the teachings of their holy books, have been faced with one issue which seemingly has no varying interpretations as to right or wrong.
Election 2012 is likely to show where Americans stand on this one issue. North Carolina has already said where it stands, and all Americans will have a chance to vote on it and every other issue on November 6, 2012.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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- Defense of Marriage Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This Wikipedia link details the history of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 which was signed into law by President Clinton.