By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 21, 2022
"There is something terrible happening in Washington right now," said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. "Same-sex marriage was imposed upon our nation and state because of a rogue Supreme Court. For fear that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision might fall as Roe v. Wade has, a bill with traction is currently before Congress to codify same-sex marriage and even make a pathway for polygamy."
Rev. Creech was referencing a measure that passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday - the deceptively titled "Respect for Marriage Act."
The legislation would repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), passed by Congress during the Clinton administration but overturned as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court before the Obergefell ruling.
DOMA defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman, but the "Respect for Marriage Act" would repeal DOMA and enshrine into federal law the recognition of same-sex marriage in all fifty states.
Although same-sex marriage is already legal throughout the nation, its legality has always been based on a judicial injustice – judicial activism – justices of the Supreme Court legislating from the bench.
Legislation is the responsibility of the people's representatives and not the courts. Until now, the people's representatives, the U.S. Congress, have never voted in favor of same-sex marriage. Technically, DOMA is still on the books. This is why the passage of the "Respect for Marriage Act" would be a massive setback in the fight to save marriage as God defined it and societies for millennia have recognized it.
The legislation passed in the House by a significant bipartisan margin, 267-157. Forty-seven Republicans voted for the bill. However, none of them were from North Carolina.
"I have always told my Christian friends they should beware of putting their hope alone in the Republican Party. Our hope is in God. I can say, with some authority, and because I am a Republican, our reliance on him must be unwavering even when politicians fail us. I don't know of a better example than when 47 Republicans forsake their own Party Platform, which says marriage is between one man and one woman and 'the foundation for a free society.' Moreover, when they abandon conservative evangelicals who make up a large part of their political base," said Rev. Creech, "how can we trust them fully?"
Democratic leadership in the House argued the bill was necessary because the Supreme Court had, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, overturned Roe v. Wade and a constitutional right to abortion. They argued the conservative-leaning High Court is likely to overturn other cases, such as the same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell. They seized on Justice Clarence Thomas's concurrence opinion, which said the notion of "substantive due process" used to determine a so-called constitutional right to abortion was nothing other than "legal fiction." Therefore, other decisions made on the same basis, such as the Obergefell decision, should be reconsidered. Democratic leaders failed to acknowledge that Thomas also agreed with the majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, which says, "Nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion."