Longtemps vivre mariage naturel!
Support for natural marriage is coming from the most unlikely places. Once again, hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, turned out on the streets of Paris in opposition to President Francois Hollande's push for same-sex "marriage" in France. The measure has been approved by the lower house of parliament and is awaiting action in the Senate. However, reports from France say the continued opposition from conservatives has caused support to erode for the effort to redefine marriage.
Back here in the states, it appears some Democrats have cold feet when it comes to redefining marriage. Although Bill and Hillary have weighed in, with the former president saying his support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) 17 years ago was a "mistake," not everyone is following their lead. Democratic senators Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) have avoided stating their positions. There is a common denominator in these four. All of them are up for reelection in 2014 and are from states where the voters have spoken--in favor of natural marriage. The media and the political establishment would have you believe the entire country is marching down the same-sex wedding aisle and you're the only one out of step.
As I pointed out yesterday on CBS's Face the Nation, the reality is same-sex "marriage" is not inevitable and when the American people have the opportunity to speak, they've spoken overwhelmingly in favor of natural marriage. Thirty states have placed the natural definition of marriage in their state constitutions. As I pointed out on the show to Brendon Ayanbadejo, the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, that is a much bigger spread than their 3 point victory in the Super Bowl.
By-the-way, it is not just young people in France who are speaking out against same-sex "marriage A growing band of 20 and 30 somethings here have launched Marriage Generation, an effort of Millennials to stand up for natural marriage. You'll see them, many of our staff, and thousands more at the March for Marriage here in DC tomorrow--please come if you are able. So folks, no matter your age, you are not alone in standing for God's design for marriage. Speaking of God, please join us in praying for the attorneys presenting both sides to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow on the two historic marriage related cases, and for the justices to have ears to hear the truth and decide wisely.
Finding True North
Land navigation is a skill that a good Boy Scout must master and it all begins with finding true north versus magnetic north. On Saturday a geographically diverse group of Scout veterans tried to help the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) find true north.
Roughly 800 Boy Scout leaders met in Orlando, Florida to hear from senior national Scout leaders about the proposal to allow what the Scouts themselves have termed "open and avowed homosexuals" into the BSA. Reports from inside the event suggest that the national Scout leaders are yielding to the pull from cultural elites to change the longstanding policy that has prohibited open homosexuality in the Scouts.
Helping to point the leaders in the right direction, another major BSA event also took place in Orlando on Saturday, this one led by FRC's friend and president of the Florida Family Policy Council, John Stemberger. Himself an Eagle Scout and the father of two Scouts, John gathered BSA leaders from 13 states to launch an important new website, OnMyHonor.net. This site will be a "hub" for parents, Scout Leaders, and others involved with Scouting who are concerned with the introduction of open homosexuality among boys and young men in Scouting. As John said at the news conference, "We don't think sex and politics should be injected into Boy Scouts. This change is not needed; it doesn't change any existing problems and could cause even more problems."
FRC has led the national coalition opposing the change to BSA policy, and you can sign our petition--now more than 32,000 names strong--here. Check back to our page in a few days to find many additional resources. Stand with us as we "do our duty to God and our country" by standing with the Scouts.
Drones, eminent domain, and the size of your Slushie were all put on the table during the Senate's vote-a-rama last Friday night; however only seventy of the hundred amendments actually saw any votes. The actual budget itself was passed after more than 13 hours of a vote-a-rama. This is the first Senate budget in four years and it is obvious Senate Democrats are rusty in writing these things. First off--it never balances! Instead, as Emily Miller from the Washington Times points out, it increases the national debt by 45 percent to $24 trillion, raises taxes by $1.5 trillion--all while increasing spending by $646 billion!
But before that final vote at 4:56 A.M. Saturday morning, the Senate needed to work through some amendments on a variety of issues. The winner of most amendments offered would have to be freshmen Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who targeted a whole array of lefty favorite issues with the precision of a . . .Cruz missile. The biggest one was the repealing of the abhorrent law known as Obamacare which unfortunately failed 45-54. The Texas Senator also proposed defunding the United Nations unless they separate themselves from supporting coercive abortion programs in Member countries. While this amendment failed in the pro-abortion Senate 38-61, it also brought a stiff rebuke to Senator Cruz from Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who voted against the measure, for putting her in such a tough position. Senator Landrieu had no such qualms joining 56 of her pro-abortion colleagues in voting FOR an amendment from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) which looked to strengthen the abortion drug mandate in Obamacare.
The major life vote of the night occurred with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introducing legislation to protect parental rights on issues of minor girls looking to get an abortion. Amazingly, a majority of the Senate have no problem with girls as young as 14 being transported across state lines to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.
Considering the fiscal irresponsibility of the Senate budget, it is hard to see how it will be reconciled with the more austere House budget. It is a shame the Senate only manages to do a budget every four years. For the late night comics, the process puts the "fun" in "dysFUNctional"!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.