DALLAS, February 18, 2014 — Paul Revere made his famous ride the night of April 18, 1775, to warn the Colonial Militia that the British forces were approaching. Revere was a silversmith, early industrialist, and most importantly an American patriot. He did not shirk his duty, but went himself to warn his friends and his neighbors of impending danger.
According to history, before his night ride was over, there were about 40 other riders who came to help. Perhaps these other riders were inspired by the loyalty and courage of Paul Revere. There was power in numbers; if they all put their “shoulders to the wheel,” victory would be theirs.
We no longer worry about invading troops, and no one on horseback will warn us of impending danger, but the danger is here. There are still Paul Reveres among us, not riding horses, but using the written word, the airways, and the Internet. Is America listening?
In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by President Clinton. This law has no power over the states regarding their own definitions of marriage, and many states have legalized same-sex marriage. This will in time unravel God-given rights that we have enjoyed. That will in turn weaken the foundations of the family, the bedrock of modern civilization.
The LGBT community, in its attempt to normalize immoral behavior, has successfully used the Constitution to force Christians to participate in marriage ceremonies that are offensive to their beliefs.
In Ocean Grove, New Jersey, administrative judge Soloman A. Metzger ruled against a Christian retreat house that refused to allow a ceremony for a same-sex civil union to be conducted on its premises. He ruled that the Constitution allows some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals. He added that ”the church doctrine was irrelevant.”
Mark D. Tooley, president of The Institute For Religion and Democracy said, “It’s sad and potentially dangerous that New Jersey law is attempting to compel a religious organization to hold a same-sex ritual on their own property.”
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia recognize same–sex marriages, and 2014 will see as many as nine others seek to legalize these marriages. These are Oregon, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Utah, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
Oregon’s constitution bans same-sex marriages, but gay rights advocates have submitted paperwork for a referendum in November 2014.
In 2004, Michigan voters passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but by November 2012, 56 percent of the state’s residents said they supported gay marriage. Gay rights advocates are working to put the issue to voters in a state referendum.
In Arizona, activist are collecting signatures to put gay marriage on the ballot in 2014, with the intent of overturning a 2008 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
Colorado, gay rights advocates are eager to overturn 2006 constitutional ban. The polls found in 2012 that 53 percent of Coloradans were in favor of overturning the ban.
On December 19, the group FreedomOhio announced that it had gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot in November, 2014, to repeal Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
In February 2013, a poll conducted by the Nevada Retail Association found that 54 percent of Nevada residents favored removing the Protection of Marriage provision in the state constitution.
On December 20, Utah witnessed its first gay marriage. Chris Serrano and Clinton Webb were married in the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office. The battle in Utah is far from over. In 2004, Utah voted by a 2-to-1 margin to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
In a Pennsylvania poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, 52 percent favored gay marriage.
Governor Mile Spence of Indiana has called for a vote by the state legislature to pass a bill that makes same-sex marriage unconstitutional. If the legislature does that, the bill will be voted on in the 2014 election.
The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights were intended to protect our liberties, but also to create the strong institutions of a society worth living in. Now we see a tidal wave of rebellion sweeping the earth, intent on sweeping away the precious things that God has given his people, including stable families that can raise children in a secure environment with both mother and father.
Everyone who has breath should shout it from the housetops and from the pulpit: The future of society is at risk. Our nation will someday no longer be recognizable unless we can turn the tide toward the family.