The Daily Signal published an article addressing the recent activities of the Supreme Court and how we as citizens can respond to them. Authors Jim DeMint and Ryan T. Anderson compare this moment to the aftermath of the Roe v. Wade decision and the efforts of the pro-life movement to maintain a ‘culture of life’ despite a court decision that may have appeared to be the final word. Just like those that have continued to lobby for the protection of life in the 42 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, they contend that those that believe in marriage existing only between a man and a woman have more to do.
Here is a sense of the five steps they believe can be taken:
First, elections have consequences. The marriage ruling was 5-4. Two of the justices voting to redefine marriage were appointed by President Obama. The next president is expected to have the opportunity to appoint as many as fourSupreme Court justices.
If you care about the rule of law and our Constitution, you can’t afford to sit out this next election.
Second, policy matters. We The People, and our elected representatives in Congress and state legislatures, can make policy that prohibits the government from violating our rights. This is why the First Amendment Defense Act is so vitally important. If passed and signed into law, this act would prohibit the federal government from ever discriminating against any citizen, charity, school or business because they embrace and act on the belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman.
Third, the states matter. If you are concerned about faith-based adoption agencies shutting down, or bakers and florists and photographers being fined thousands of dollars simply for declining to celebrate a same-sex wedding, then you need to also be concerned about state and local policy.
In each of these cases, it wasn’t the federal government acting on federal law that brought the burden; it was state and local government. We need good policy at all levels of government.
Fourth, ideas matter. The judicial redefinition of marriage has no basis in our Constitution, but it didn’t come out of thin air. For the last 50 years, we have not done enough to combat the faulty liberal ideology that has wreaked havoc on America’s families.
Fifth, our lives matter. Ideas go only so far, but the beauty of lived witness is what moves people the most. It’s not just that for 50 years we’ve bought into a lie about marriage; it’s that we haven’t lived out the truth.
Even if government policy tells a lie about marriage for a time, we must refuse to believe the lie when it comes to how we live our lives and what we teach our children. Raising children and grandchildren to believe the truth—and, more importantly, live out the truth—must be done with all diligence, and we must form communities of virtue to help one another do that.
To read the full article at the Daily Signal, click here.