"It's about human dignity. It's about human rights. It's about time in California," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told a roaring crowd at City Hall after the ruling was issued. "As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation. It's inevitable. This door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not."

I agree! It is about human dignity! There is no dignity in same sex marriage. It's obviously ridiculous to equate this decision made by four judges that even over ruled what the people of California voted for!

The last time the state's voters were asked to express their views on same-sex marriage at the ballot box was in 2000, the year after the Legislature enacted the first of a series of laws awarding spousal rights to domestic partners. Proposition 22, which strengthened the state's 1978 one-man, one-woman marriage law with the words "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," passed with 61 percent of the vote.

The institution of marriage finds it's roots in Genesis where Moses wrote, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Gen.2:24

Gen 34:9
Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
23 The same day sSadducees came to him, twho say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, uIf a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.” 29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, vbecause you know neither the Scriptures nor wthe power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither xmarry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, yhave you not read what was said to you by God: 32 z ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, athey were astonished at his teaching.
s ver. 34; ch. 3:7; 16:1; Acts 4:1; 5:17; 23:6 t Acts 23:8; [Acts 4:2] u [Deut. 25:5] v John 20:9
w 1 Cor. 6:14 x ch. 24:38; Luke 17:27 y See ch. 21:16 z Acts 7:32; Cited from Ex. 3:6 a See ch. 7:28 The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Mt 22:23-33). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

We see that marriage was not just meant as a covenant between two lovers but also a union designed for reproduction. It is the basis and foundation of the family. The reason the government provides benefits to those who are married is to protect the family and especially the children not the individual.

13 Now the men of Sodom nwere wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
n ch. 18:20; Ezek. 16:49; 2 Pet. 2:7, 8
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ge 13:13). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Gen 18:20
Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, Well, what was their sin?

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 uAnd they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? vBring them out to us, that we wmay know them.”
u Isai. 3:9; [ch. 13:13] v Judg. 19:22 w Rom. 1:24, 27; Jude 7
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ge 19:4-5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

5 Now I want mto remind you, although you once fully knew it, that nJesus, who saved3 a people out of the land of Egypt, oafterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And pthe angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as qSodom and Gomorrah and rthe surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and spursued unnatural desire,4 serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
m 2 Pet. 1:12; 3:17 n [1 Cor. 10:4, 5, 9] 3 Some manuscripts although you fully knew it, that the Lord who once saved o Num. 14:29, 37; 26:64, 65; Ps. 106:26; Heb. 3:17-19 p 2 Pet. 2:4; [Rev. 20:2] q See Gen. 19:24 r Deut. 29:23; Hos. 11:8 s 2 Pet. 2:10 4 Greek other flesh
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jud 5-7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

By a close vote of 4-3, the California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage - a ban overwhelmingly approved by the citizens of California. Frankly, there's much at stake in this flawed move. I know you are as disappointed as I am that California's high court failed to uphold what a majority of their voters clearly understand - that the institution of marriage is limited to one man and one woman. However, more disturbing still is the glaring misstep of an activist judiciary overreaching its power. Judges interpret law. They do not - they should not - rewrite law. By taking this issue out of the hands of the citizens - where it belongs - the high court ruled by their own conscience, led by their own social policies.

My goal here is not to judge anyones lifestyle, that is between them and God! I feel that the God given institution of marriage should stand as it has for thousands of years as the backbone to families and the backbone of society. And laws should be upheld for the majority not the minority.

This is my favorite scripture reference on marriage.

22 zWives, asubmit to your own husbands, bas to the Lord. 23 For cthe husband is the head of the wife even as dChrist is the head of the church, his body, and is ehimself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit fin everything to their husbands.
25 gHusbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and hgave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by ithe washing of water jwith the word, 27 so kthat he might present the church to himself in splendor, lwithout spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.1 28 In the same way mhusbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because nwe are members of his body. 31 o “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and pthe two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, qlet each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she rrespects her husband.
z For ver. 22–ch. 6:9, see Col. 3:18–4:1 a See Gen. 3:16 b [ch. 6:5] c 1 Cor. 11:3 d See ch. 1:22, 23 e [1 Cor. 6:13] f [Col. 3:20, 22; Tit. 2:9] g ver. 28, 33; [1 Pet. 3:7] h ver. 2 i Tit. 3:5; [Rev. 7:14] j ch. 6:17; Heb. 6:5; See John 15:3 k 2 Cor. 11:2; See ch. 1:4 l S. of S. 4:7 1 Or holy and blameless m ver. 25, 33 n [Gen. 2:23]; See 1 Cor. 6:15 o Matt. 19:5; Mark 16:7, 8; Cited from Gen. 2:24 p 1 Cor. 6:16 q ver. 25, 28 r 1 Pet. 3:2, 6 The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Eph 5:22-33). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

As I write, the ACLJ https://www.aclj.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=2961 is at work as a result of this troubling decision. They are supporting a California ballot initiative for this fall that would amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. The court should issue a stay of its same-sex ruling. The ruling would not go into effect until after the November vote takes place - giving the citizens of California their say.

There is no guarantee that the stay will be issued. This bold maneuver by the California Supreme Court has profound implications coast-to-coast, including your state. California has no residency requirement to get a marriage license. In other words, out-of-state same-sex couples can marry in California and then return to their home state and demand recognition. Obviously, this is a critically damaging decision indeed. Please support the true institution of marriage and it's role in the family with prayer and donations to pay the legal costs of fighting this ridiculus ruling.

Grace and Peace,
Ed
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