Yes, America, it’s come to this. Who would have expected that in this country an organization would be necessary to protect and defend those who have had their persons, property, and/or their livelihoods threatened because they oppose the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples?
The Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is dedicated to one, simple, and profound idea: No American should be afraid to exercise core civil rights: to speak, to donate, to organize, to sign petitions, or to vote for marriage as the union of husband and wife.
You’ve probably read stories in the news of those who have been sued because they refused on grounds of conscience to participate in a ceremony recognizing a same-sex couple as married. You’ve probably read of assaults on Californians because of their support of Proposition 8. The MADA has a page of video stories of those who have stood for marriage. Here is their latest video on military chaplains under fire:
If you have been threatened, harassed, or made to feel afraid because you believe in the great, foundational truth of Genesis –we are born male and female and called to come together in love to give children mothers and fathers—Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is here to help you: you are not alone….
The goal of the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is to create a supportive community for those who have been threatened for standing for marriage, to nip the climate of fear being created in the bud, to expose for fair-minded Americans on both sides of the debate the threats being made, to conduct high-quality qualitative and quantitative research documenting the extent of the harm, to develop legislative and community proposal to protect Americans right to engage in the core civil rights: to organize, to vote, to speak, to donate, and to write for marriage.
One reason I’m writing about marriage is to pro- vide support and ideas for you in explaining your beliefs or answering questions and objections. I think there is a role for bloggers in bridging a gap between think tanks, national organizations, and their work and publications on marriage by further disseminating their information and analysis and writing about it from the perspective of the trenches of our day to day lives as citizens. Our history is one of differences being made by “…the acts and choices of ordinary people…” .
Please send along any references you’ve seen or any objections or questions you’ve heard or discussed. I’m not an all-knowledgeable source, but I’ll work to see what I can find because I want to do what I can to equip all of us.
Pray for our country. Pray for each of us who support marriage because each of us is called to defend and protect it.Your role may not be public or prominent, but in conversations with your children, relatives, neighbors, friends and colleagues when a discussion turns to marriage you are the person God has placed there to speak. May God grant us courage and wisdom in our words and deeds.