PRAYER ALERT: This week the Supreme Court of the US is expected to rule on two pivotal same-sex marriage cases, DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. In 2008 a majority of Californians voted to ban same sex marriage. But Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by one actively gay judge.
Prop 8 may be struck down in three ways. SCOTUS may overturn constitutional amendments and laws that ban same sex marriage in the 39 states that have enacted them. Or it may allow civil unions with similar benefits as in marriage, but limit that ruling to California and six other states (CO, HI, IL, NV, NJ, OR) that allow civil unions. Or it may restrict its ruling to Califormia. Either of these three ways, SCOTUS would be overruling the will of the majority in one state or all states. Does it dare to do so on such a core issue as marriage law, which is normally regulated by states? We must pray that SCOTUS will uphold the right of the current 39 states which ban same sex marriage, and that the rest of the states will do so too. (See Prayer Alert: Same sex marriage court cases reach SCOTUS.)
DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, does not ban same sex marriage. But it allows any state to refuse to recognize a same sex marriage that occurred in another state. And for federal purposes, DOMA defines marriage as a one-man one-woman union. That means that homosexual partners cannot claim federal benefits such as health insurance for spouses of federal workers or Social Security survivor benefits. And rightly so. Otherwise homosexuals could easily use “marriage” to prey on adopted children and on federal funds to feed disease-spreading lusts. Do we want to see children grow to be mothers and fathers who raise up more mothers and fathers as our Creator intended? Or do we want them to grow into a variety of damaging and contagious bondages that they call marriages but which our Creator calls abominations?
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are loving toward all You have made. We thank You for creating us as men and women in Your image. The very cores of our created beings, as men and women in Your image, are under attack. So are children, even before they grow to be men and women. The enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy them out of deadly lust. Do not let the Supreme Court justices aid and abet his plans. Impress on them the enormous weight of this decision, for each one of them and for the nation. “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck, than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin” (Luke 17:2).
More than one child is at stake, more than millions even. Billions of children around the world are threatened when the most powerful nation changes the most basic human institution. To ban same sex marriage is needed to affirm the only kind of marriage in which a child should grow. So put the fear of the Lord in these judges. Let the fear of the Lord be the beginning of wisdom for them. Show them how to close the door on the gay agenda. Open the doors of heaven instead. Pour out healing for those with sexually transmitted diseases. Deliver them from homosexual bondages instead of legalizing them. What they think is impossible is not impossible for You. Show Yourself as the God who forgives, loves and remakes us in Your image. Restore true manhood and womanhood. In Jesus’ name, amen.
For more on reasons to ban same sex marriage, see these Prayer Alerts and articles:
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39 states ban same sex marriage