Arizona, Protect Our Marriage Culture from Radical Activists

Arizonans believe in a strong marriage culture. That’s why we protect it in our law and our state Constitution.

But now radical leftists want to destroy the institutions of marriage and family. They want to redefine it so it means essentially nothing. The people have already spoken on this issue. In 2008 we enacted a state constitutional marriage amendment to protect our state from activist judges beholden to radical special interest groups.

Don’t be fooled by a new effort to harm our marriage culture. Typical of the Left and its Democrat partisans, a group is using a seemingly harmless name in an effort to legalize marriage for Arizona homosexuals – who make up one percent of the state’s population. They’re calling themselves “Why Marriage Matters.” Their phrase is correct, but their intentions will have disastrous unintended consequences.

There is no groundswell for the change they are demanding. The children of Arizona are not crying out to be fatherless or motherless. Every boy and girl deserves both, and needs both, a father and a mother. But Why Marriage Matters would deny children of one of their biological parents.

In states with same-sex “marriage,” religious freedom is disappearing. It’s actually disappearing in states like New Mexico, where same-sex “marriage” is not legal, as well.

Furthermore, redefining marriage is not the end game for homosexual activists. Their real goal is to overthrow the concepts of marriage and family entirely. This would have dire ramifications for America … for Arizona. It will also lead to polygamy; in fact a Utah judge just struck down a state law banning polygamy.

Sadly, those who think they will benefit from same-sex “marriage” will not realize that vision. People in same-sex relationships suffer from much higher rates of domestic abuse than married heterosexual relationships. Rates of domestic abuse among female homosexuals are even higher than among male homosexuals. Their life spans are shorter, they are more likely to engage in drug and alcohol abuse. And the lack of infidelity among homosexuals leads to rampant anonymous sex and the accompanying health-threatening diseases.

The children of same-sex parents do more poorly in school, suffer more emotional problems, are at a greater risk of sexual abuse, and are less likely to marry someone of the opposite gender. As two of the leading homosexual activists in America confessed, homosexuality is a dismal existence:

Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen Ph.D., authors of “After the Ball: How America will Conquer its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s”(1989), conclude the male homosexual lifestyle “is the pits.”

Furthermore, it is important to recognize the common spin lines used by homosexual activists:

“I was born this way.”

Truth: Biomolecular scientists concluded 20 years ago that homosexuality is not genetic. No one is born that way.

Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

Truth: Jesus and God are one and the same, the Bible is the inspired Word of the Triune God. Jesus says homosexuality is a sin.*

“How does my same-sex relationship affect your marriage?”

Truth: I did not consent to sign my marriage license as Party A. My wife did not consent to sign our marriage license as Party B. I do not want my children and grandchildren to grow up believing their gender is meaningless. Homosexuality has a detrimental impact on communities, the work place (more absenteeism due to health problems and drug and alcohol abuse), and the people jumping in and out of same-sex relationships. Already people have lost their jobs simply for supporting marriage as a one-man/one-woman marriage. People have lost the right to live by their own religious beliefs – without being punished, fined, or fired from their jobs. The First Amendment to the Constitution is being supplanted by homosexual activists and activist judges. Marriage supporters have received death threats and had their homes, belongings, and churches vandalized.

Left-wingers such as Grant Woods are backing this group. So is a Lutheran pastor, who mistakenly claims that scripture supports same-sex “marriage.” He could not be more wrong.

This is your wake-up call, Arizona. If these leftists succeed in qualifying their proposition for the November 2014 ballot, you will have to go to your polling place and vote it down. Let’s not allow our state to become another Massachusetts or Iowa, where radical special interests pressured for and got same-sex “marriage.”

Protect our marriage culture now. Tell your family and friends about this threat. Gain their assurance of protecting marriage – the union of one man and one woman – in Arizona.

The best thing for homosexuals, many of whom have undergone conversion therapy, is to not allow homosexual pressure groups to deceive them into following the false narrative that they were “born that way,” if lawmakers and judges fabricate special rights for them, and if they donate lots of money to them, they will be happy.

*We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We are all sinners, though the left-stream media is glorifying homosexuals as a “special class.”

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  1. Phil Robertson Won’t Shut Up and the Media Hates It

    By Benjamin Brophy on 12.19.13 | 10:54AM
    The American Spectator

    The A&E network has suspended Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, for perceived anti-gay remarks in a recent GQ interview. While discussing God, sin, and repentence, Robertson was asked what he found to be sinful:

    “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he says. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.

    The reaction from A&E was swift and decisive. In a statement the network said:

    We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.

    There is a lot to sort through here, but let’s start with the largest portion of the controversy. Did Phil Robertson say something horribly offensive to homosexuals? He’s been accused of comparing gays to terrorists as a result of this quote:

    We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?

    This accusation is easy to dismiss. He is simply listing behaviors that he considers sinful. If one said a thief, a pastor, and a murderer were all people who had made mistakes, it would be silly to assume the statement is giving all three moral equity. It’s hard to know without being in the room, but this also appears to be the case with his discussion of bestiality and other categories of sin. He seems to be simply reciting sin lists.

    But what about:

    It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.

    Robertson wasn’t as delicate as he could have been, but what he is saying is that homosexuality is a sin and something that doesn’t make sense to him. This position is no longer acceptable to most gay advocates and our culture in general. Tolerance now means not only respecting people whose lifestyles you disagree with, but also giving your approval to those lifestyles.

    The response from the gay advocacy group GLAAD was particularly fascinating. Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD, said what Robertson was saying is not reflective of Christians at large:

    Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.

    Assuming Cruz means that real Christians don’t believe homosexuality is “sinful,” he could not be more wrong. The Catholic Church, most evangelicals, Presbyterians (PCA), and several other Christian denominations hold to the traditional definition of homosexuality as a sin. GLAAD’s attempt to rewrite Christian doctrine is a interesting pivot to try and co-opt Christians. Forgive me if I don’t accept their interpretation of scripture that contradicts thousands of years of Church history. If the media, gay advocates, and liberals hate calling out sin for what it is and being told they need to repent in order to receive God’s grace, they aren’t going to like Jesus very much.

    There is another element to the GQ interview and it is not as defensible. Robertson gave some racially insensitive remarks about never seeing any racism during the pre-civil rights era in Louisiana. One of his comments—“The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field….They’re singing and happy”—sounds too much like a bad racist cliché. That being said, A&E knew they were getting a real southern family of rednecks when they hired them. How can they be surprised or angry when the Robertsons make politically incorrect statements? Heck, that’s part of the marketing shtick for the show.

    This controversy is yet another example of our modern culture objecting to Christians expressing biblically inspired beliefs. We don’t need more doublespeak; we need more honest discussion on subjects like homosexuality. I, for one, am glad that Phil Robertson refuses to be censored. It may be true that he could have been gentler, kinder, wiser, and more loving in his comments, but at least he’s honest.

    For his part, Phil Robertson already released a statement:

    I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.

    If that’s no longer acceptable in this country, religious folks are in trouble.

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