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Religious Right Tantrum Over Virginia Marriage Decision

Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
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Monday's decision by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, marked the birth of the marriage equality movement to a yet impenetrable east coast bible belt state. And with the event, came the inevitable after-birth -- the religious right wing temper tantrum.

Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group Family Research Council had this to say of the ruling:

"Of the two-to-one Virginia marriage ruling, Peter Sprigg, FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, said:

"In joining the judicial stampede to redefine marriage, the court not only radically departs from natural law and human history but omits altogether, as noted in the dissent, the 'necessary constitutional analysis.'

"The court ruling defines the 'right to marry' so broadly that it raises the question whether the logic would allow society to maintain any coherent definition of marriage. Judge Paul Niemeyer in his dissent noted that the court did not 'anticipate or address the problems' with expanding the definition so broadly that it could 'encompass the right of a father to marry his daughter or the right of any person to marry multiple partners.'

"While the Left continues to use the federal courts as the means to fulfill their radical social agenda, the courts will not have the final say. They cannot change natural law and the fact that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad," concluded Sprigg."

The Daily Press reports Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall (R-Prince William,) who sponsored the bill that led to the state's marriage ban, had this to say:

""In the long run, advocates and defenders of so-called same-sex marriage are their own best undertakers for their hubris in attempting to deny and defy the laws of Nature and Nature's God, by which nations and cultures around the world have recognized for millennia that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,"

The Daily Press further reports that Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-Norge) who also campaigned for the ban said:

"As a Christian with a biblical worldview, I believe the term marriage describes a divine covenant between a man and woman that was introduced thousands of years ago in the scriptures. Marriage is a sacramental rite traditionally administered in the church. As such, I prefer the traditional definition,"

Let's hope there is a lot of room in the "time out" corner, as more right-wing temper tantrums are sure to come.

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  • Alfredo Rodriguez, 2014-07-29 11:50:28

    As a Christian with a biblical worldview, I believe the term marriage describes a divine covenant between a man and woman that was introduced thousands of years ago in the scriptures. Marriage is a sacramental rite traditionally administered in the church. As such, I prefer the traditional definition," --- Well let me see here. The bigger issue is the word Marriage. Created by religion, adopted by the law. So you are part correct, but let see, you can get married by a clergy/pastor/reverend/priest, any religious officiant ,, BUT. and here lies the issue, you are NOT legally married until the paper work is done and processes by the state. -- You can skip the religious ceremony (that is all that is - a ceremony) and go strait into the Justice of the Peace who is a legal representation of the state to officiate and get the paper work ready. So --- a same sex couple can get legally married because by law that is allowed and can skip the religious ceremony.


  • Alfredo Rodriguez, 2014-07-29 11:56:13

    In another subject here -- Mr Peter Sprigg... you say that since the definition of One Man One woman is changed, a father can marry his daughter?MMM That is still One Man One Woman right there.. Also you say a child needs a mother and a father, in most instances yes that is good to have as well as a full family that can take care of children and raise the. OH June Cleaver I miss you so.... Back in the real world, there are many heterosexual families that for one reason or another, are not typical. A parent killed at war, not leaves the child with only one parent. A parent taken away to jail -- leaves one parent for raising a child. A single parent left alone by abandoment and now that child has only 1 parent... so that would qualify as NOT a family? really-- you tell them and let see what they tell you back.


  • Anonymous, 2014-07-29 18:03:46

    They have beaten this horse dead.


  • Anonymous, 2014-07-29 18:47:20

    This guy really does not know his bible very well does he? I hate when so called "religious" people stick to the homosexuals and nothing else! Have a couple of hours watch this you numb nuts. He takes the Bible and puts you all in check https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10202012044612100&id=1515503091


  • Anonymous, 2014-07-29 22:16:35

    NO. 1 When Peter Sprigg, Robert Marshall and others refer to natural law on marriage, they have little ground to stand on. A natural marriage is a marriage in which the partners love each other and will make every effort to love and care for each other for life. NO. 2 Sprigg also makes the tired statement that society needs children and children need a Mom and Dad. Well, the fact is that children need parents who love and care for them regardless of the gender of the parents. If he takes time to look around him, he will notice that there are a lot of children who have a mom and dad (and often one or both of whom have disappeared) who give very little care for their children. He will also note there are many children who have two same-sex parents who are loved and properly cared for. NO. 3: Delegate Brenda Pogge (and others) like to tie their definition of marriage to that held by some (but by no means all) Christians. Well, in a secular society guaranteeing freedom of religion (and not a state religion), if you want to have a religious definition of marriage, then be prepared for marriage to lose any and all civil status and rights. Anyway, if she has done her research, she will know that many Christians and Christian churches have actually led the fight for marriage equality.


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