Sunday, November 20, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act - #3429 - Prop. 8 Backers Can Defend Law in Federal Court - Citizen Link (2) Marriage on the Decline, Why? - Manhattan Declaration

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Alliance Defense Fund and the ProtectMarriage.com legal team may continue defending the state’s marriage-definition law in federal court. Since Prop. 8, the state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, passed in California in 2008, the state attorney general’s office has refused to defend it in court. Consequently, ProtectMarriage.com — the coalition of ministries and family groups that helped put the proposition on the ballot three years ago — have been defending it from challenges claiming it’s unconstitutional. “Because it is essential to the integrity of the initiative process,” Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote, “that there be someone to assert the state’s interest in the initiative’s validity on behalf of the people when the public officials who normally assert that interest decline to do so, and because the official proponents of an initiative … are the most obvious and logical persons to assert the state’s interest in the initiative’s validity on behalf of the voters who enacted the measure, we conclude that California law authorize the official proponents, under such circumstances, to appear in the proceeding to assert the state’s interest in the initiatives validity and to appeal a judgment invaliding the measure. “Neither the Governor, the Attorney General, nor any other executive or legislative official has the authority to veto or invalidate an initiative measure that has been apprroved by the voters.” The Alliance Defense Fund applauded the ruling.  Read more........

Marriage on the Decline, Why? Manhattan Declaration - In a recent article put out by USA Today, marriage was described as being in serious decline. After a review of the last 50 years, marriages in America have dropped staggeringly in number. We must now ask why? Let's take a look at what recent news highlights as reasons for this decline.  A USA Today writer claims part of the decline can be linked to non-clergy led wedding ceremonies. In addition, the marriage decline has led to single-parent homes under the poverty line. In the writer's article they state, “I don't have a one-size-fits-all fix, but I do know that just as with a building, little is more important than its foundation. So a marriage's starting point — the wedding day — should be more than just cake and cocktails.”  A survey done by TheKnot.com and the WeddingChannel.com revealed that one in three of those who used their website had used a family or a friend to officiate their ceremony. The USA Today writer points out that the concern with not having clergy led ceremonies is that it lacks emphasis on the covenant the man and woman are making in getting married.  Just 50 years ago three quarters of Americans were married. Today those numbers have dropped to half. A survey done by Pew Research Center revealed that “marriage is becoming obsolete”. This is not something to dismiss but something to rise to concern over.  In recent news, there have been studies that show children in married family households are less likely to live in a state of poverty than children in single-parent homes. A 2010 Census showed that almost 40% of single-parent homes were under the poverty line.  Read more........

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