A war on many fronts: Two states recognize same-sex 'marriage' today

Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Two more states officially recognize same-gender marriages as of today, but the ongoing war to redefine traditional marriage is far from over. 

Minnesota and Rhode Island are now allowing same sex-couples to marry.

Chris Plante, regional director for the National Organization for Marriage, says it's a sad day for both states.

Plante, Chris (NOM-RI)“It's sad in particular for the children of those states and the generations yet to come,” he says. “Both states that have voted to redefine marriage have effectively said in their laws that children do not need a mother and a father, that God's design for marriage and for bringing the two halves of humanity together to support each other, even more importantly to raise the next generation, simply is not important.”

Minnesota has issued a memorandum that people of faith, business owners and individuals will not be protected under the new law. But Alliance Defending Freedom says public officials are not required to violate their faith by issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

ADF attorney Kellie Fiedoerk says the organization is advising court clerks they can appoint a deputy clerk to act when a conflict arises, ensuring the court clerk doesn’t have to resign or violate sincere religious beliefs.

“No American should have to choose between their conscience and their job in America,” Fiedoerk tells OneNewsNow.

“The First Amendment protects Americans from being coerced to give up their careers to maintain their religious freedom,” she adds. “Religious freedom is guaranteed to every American.”

According to Plante, the culture war is not lost, since 38 states define marriage as between one man and one woman.

“And that majority of Americans – despite what we see in polls by liberal-leaning CNN or Pew – the vast majority of Americans believe marriage to be between one man and one woman,” says Plante. “We know the common sense behind uniting man and woman together to bring the next generation into fruition.”

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Meanwhile, the culture war over marriage is well under way in Pennsylvania, where the state’s attorney general is refusing to defend traditional marriage while a rogue county clerk is defying state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania says the governor’s Office of General Counsel has agreed to defend the state’s legal marriage statute. She also reports the Pennsylvania Department of Health has sued to stop the Montgomery County register of wills, Bruce Hanes, from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Kane, the attorney general, is the first Democrat to hold that position and Hanes is also a Democrat.

Gramley claims Kane is guilty of “dereliction of duty” and reports a state representative is working on a resolution to impeach the attorney general.

The liberal media in Pennsylvania is reporting that the governor is coming down on the wrong side of history because he is upholding state law, Gramley also reports. 

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