For some it's a constant barrage of nasty e-mails. For others -- as FRC can attest from a shooting incident at FRC headquarters last August -- it's violent rhetoric and labeling. Whatever the reception one gets in return, these days it's an act of courage to simply speak out in support of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This is especially true when you have a media that turns a blind eye to the bullying from those working to redefine marriage.
A real leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. "Many people fear nothing more terribly," he insisted, "than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion."
That is why when those who live in the public eye speak out for the truth -- that what is best for children and by extension society, is a family headed by a wedded man and woman - they should be commended. This past week, three leading politicians took that stand, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
First, Senator Rubio made it clear that he is proud of where he stands: "Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way does not make me a bigot,"
This was followed by Representative Gohmert articulating why those of us who stand for marriage do: "(W)hen you look historically, you see the nuclear family home... you see society break down, and you see a society, a civilization in decline, all under the name of advancement -- but it's normally on the road to the dust bin of history." It's hard, he explained, "to argue biologically that is what nature intended or we would not have had a second generation on this earth."
And then, this past weekend Speaker Boehner made it clear when he said on a Sunday morning news show that he will not waver: ""I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. ... It's what I grew up with. It's what I believe. It's what my church teaches me."
Please take the time today to thank these brave men for standing up for marriage and showing true leadership.