Marriage: Truth or Consequences

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from The Heritage Foundation

When I was growing up there was a TV game show I liked to watch called “Truth or Consequences.” If a contestant couldn’t answer a question correctly, then there would be some kind of goofy consequence to pay. The marriage revisionists of today play the propaganda game of avoiding discussion of the truth about marriage and the consequences of redefining it. They take advantage of those who don’t examine the what marriage is.

The first to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and examines him.
Proverbs 18:17

It has been encouraging and helpful to read the excellent research and analysis of those who vigorously defend marriage and explain its benefits, even as they examine the case of those who want to redefine it, exposing their misconceptions and explaining the consequences to the revisionist view.

The Heritage Foundation’s pamphlet, What You Need To Know About Marriage: Questions and Answers Driving the Debate, is excellent, provides short and succinct answers and doesn’t take long to read. If you don’t have time to read anything else, read it.

The 58 briefs filed with SCOTUS in support of marriage for the upcoming hearings provide in-depth thinking of the many aspects marriage, family, and parenting. I’ve been updating my post on the briefs, as Ryan Anderson and others at The Heritage Foundation have written additional articles highlighting some of them.

The National Organization for Marriage Blog (NOM Blog) has had some excellent links to current news, and along with Anderson and The Heritage Foundation, has been a rapid-response team to the latest events, including Senator Portman’s announcement last week at CPAC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics announcement this week.

What Is Marriage bookmarked borderYou might be encouraged to learn more about leaders in their 20’s and 30’s who are defending marriage. Ryan Anderson is mentioned, who co-authored with Sherif Girgis and Robert George, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. My guess is that Sherif Gergis is also in his 30’s. The three men wrote the original article “What Is Marriage?,” and all three have written other online articles about marriage.

And of course, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, is a magnum opus on marriage. That’s my copy of the book in the photograph with my topical bookmarks. I finished it last week, and I’ve been mulling it over as I decide how and what to write about it. As I read the pamphlet, What You Need To Know About Marriage: Questions and Answers Driving the Debate, I wasn’t surprised to see many of the book’s arguments summarized and presented because Ryan Anderson is a fellow at The Heritage Foundation. When Anderson introduce the Heritage pamphlet this week, he wrote:

We are only now beginning to have a national conversation about marriage. The people of France are already having this debate in their country. The Supreme Court cases provide a unique window of opportunity to explain what marriage is and why it matters. And all Americans need to be equipped for this conversation.

…When Americans hear the case for marriage as the union of a man and a woman and its importance to children and limited government, by and large they support it and stand for this timeless institution. All Americans, especially conservatives, should make the case for marriage. And the Supreme Court should respect our constitutional authority to do so.

I’m not an academic or attorney, but I do have the perspective and experience of some twenty years of learning to love and speak the truth as I grasped the nettle of controversy and disagreement over the homosexual lifestyle. After my brother died I didn’t expect to return to this particular debate, but because of those years I know the importance of truth, and I know there are consequences of going with the easy flow and not considering the rocks and rapids you’ll hit downstream. I can give you those years, so I hope you’ll find not only information and answers to questions about marriage, but that you’ll also find reasons to be encouraged and persevere.
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Top image modified from The Heritage Foundation pamphlet cover.

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