People of Faith Fight to Preserve Marriage
- Monday, April 26, 2004
“You knew when you knock one down the rest would fall,'' she said. “It might take 10 or 15 seconds, but it was going to happen. Well, this effort to pass a constitutional amendment is an effort to put our hand in to stop all the dominoes from falling.''
Royce isn't alone in wanting government to guard the sanctity of marriage.
Mike McManus, executive director of the MarriageSavers ministry that works to eradicate divorce across America, currently is also speaking out against separation ... of church and state.
“We need to have government money (in non-secular enterprises),'' McManus said. “The government does have standards which are Biblical. Right now there is a federal law that says marriage is between a man and a woman.''
And McManus and Royce want to keep it that way.
“Which is why this amendment is an important issue,'' McManus said. He warned that Massachusetts isn't the only state on the brink of capsizing marriage. Oregon also is on the verge of a similar move.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Frank Bearden told the county to stop issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. But he ordered Oregon's legislature to recognize the 3,022 marriage licenses issued since March 3 to gay couples, and to pass a new law legalizing same-sex unions.
The judiciary isn't the only culprit in this attack on the traditional definition of marriage. San Francisco's mayor ordered city clerks to grant homosexual and lesbian couples marriage licenses, though Californians voted in a referendum that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Still, government can be an ally in the cause for safeguarding family from counter-cultural attack.
In Springfield, Ohio, for example, the Department of Job and Family Services is investing $62,000 received from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families into MarriageSavers of Clark County to help cut a divorce rate of more than 85 percent.
Without that financial support, MarriageSavers probably would not exist in Springfield, which shows that a complete separation between church and state can be as damaging to the state as to the church. The higher the divorce rate, the more funds go toward children services, which drain other government agencies.
“We believe that a healthy marriage, or the effort to make it happen, is as crucial as other government services such as medical coverage and transportation,'' said Bob Suver, Director of Clark County Department of Job and Family Services. “We feel government has a role in helping marriages, because we've had such a large role in picking up the pieces from (failed) marriages.''
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