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Wisconsin Family Connection
Week of August 2, 2010 – #846
Attack on Marriage Comes to Steps of State Capitol
A very wise man once said, “As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families."
That man knew the importance of marriage and families to society. That man was John Adams, 1st Vice President and 2nd President of the United States, ambassador to France and England and mastermind of our Republican form of government.
For over two hundred years, strong families have been the hallmark of the United States. Until the last few decades, our society has promoted and bolstered that strong standard of the family, a married mother and father raising their children together.
In the last fifty years or so, we’ve seen a movement gain traction and begin to radically change our culture. That movement has no understanding of or appreciation for the nature of traditional marriage and the family unit.
It was that anti-marriage, anti-family culture that a small but courageous band of family champions faced in force last Tuesday in Madison at the State Capitol. Last week, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) stopped off in Madison during its Summer for Marriage 2010 Tour to hold a marriage rally on the steps of the State Capitol.
Wisconsin Family Council’s sister organization, Wisconsin Family Action, co-sponsored the rally with NOM. The anti-marriage movement has been following NOM’s tour across the country; and in Madison, they found almost 500 supporters to march on the capitol to protest our rally.
I stood with some 50 or 60 other people on the steps of the Capitol as we watched a shouting crowd almost 500-strong, march up State Street, up the steps of the Capitol and right up to the yellow police tape designating our small rally area.
You should have seen it! The crowd, with its hateful chants and rainbow flags tried to drown us out and intimidate us, but it did not work! I spoke, along with other speakers, to our small rally over the shouts and catcalls of the homosexual activists and marveled at the courage and fortitude of our small band of marriage champions as they stood for marriage, peacefully and quietly, literally in the face of a much larger, much louder crowd. Our people responded with love and prayer to the vocal persecution of the protestors.
I’m grateful to report that by God’s grace and with the help of the Madison police, that we did not see the violence or threats that the Tour has experienced at other tour stops.
Nevertheless, such attacks on marriage are real—just ask those who were at the rally—and they will continue, not always in a physical form. Just two weeks ago the ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit attempting to force the state to give legal status to same-sex couples, in spite of and despite the state’s constitutional marriage amendment, passed by 67% of voters in 2004.
Our own Wisconsin constitutional marriage amendment is under constant attack. The truth is, we fight to protect that amendment every day. The latest policy attack comes from Gov. Doyle in the form of the domestic partnership registry he signed into law in the state budget last year. Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action remain committed to protecting and defending the will of the people, the constitution and the institution of marriage in the Badger State. And by now I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the August State University counseling student who is being required to go through “remediation” therapy for her views on marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The list goes on!
We all need to be aware of this attack and be actively involved in protecting and promoting marriage as God designed it because this foundational institution affects all of us. As John Adams knew, marriage matters. Families matter. They are the fabric of our society. When they unravel or are torn apart, it is evitable that society will ultimately face the same fate.
This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”