Life & marriage & equal protection

You may have heard that the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision today regarding marriage. Like everyone else, I have an opinion.

manhattandeclaration1) I have endorsed the Manhattan Declaration and will continue to do so.

2) I’m Catholic, and I’m with Pope Francis (among others) on this one.

3) Five justices agreed that marriage between two consenting adults is a matter of equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, I’ll continue to work toward the day when we can muster five judges to agree that the right to life is a matter of equal protection as well.

Peace to all, whether you agree with or dissent from the Court.

For your consideration: The Manhattan Declaration

manhattandeclarationFive years ago, a large and varied group of religious leaders agreed on a few things. Just the basics: life, marriage, liberty – plus the fact that all three are under varying degrees of attack. Result: the Manhattan Declaration. The last line ought to be enough to pique your curiosity about the rest of it.

 We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.

(One of the three principal drafters of the document was the late Charles Colson, about whom I wrote briefly upon his death in 2012.)

The Manhattan Declaration web site has a link to the document itself – truly, worth a look – along with a list of the original signatories, and an invitation to add your own name. Be warned: this is a countercultural document.

Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we affirm:

  • 1. The profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human life
  • 2. Marriage as a union of one man and one woman
  • 3. Religious liberty and the inherent freedom of human beings

If you’re rushed, just take a few minutes to go to the web site and check the list of the original signers. It’s an encouraging list in its size and variety.

Half a million people have signed on to the Declaration in the past five years. I hope it continues to inspire and encourage people – and churches! – for years to come.


Pick of the web, week of 6/29

First, a local link and call to action: You can SIGN this petition as a counter-measure to the Concord “buffer zone” petition. Please do so TODAY. It is for Concord residents “and other concerned citizens.” (Previous Leaven posts about the attempt to stifle First Amendment rights to peaceful protest within 35 feet of the Feminist Health Center  may be found here and here.) This counter-petition is a project of a young woman who is trying to get enough signatures by tomorrow, June 30, in order for it to be heard at the July 8 Concord City Council meeting along with abortion advocates’ “buffer zone” petition. More information: [update, July 2: The Concord City Council has NOT put these petitions on the July 8 agenda. Stay tuned to Leaven for further developments.]

Meanwhile, this has been an eventful week. Catch up using these links for news coverage and commentary. Amazing how some of this news makes the ongoing Fortnight for Freedom even more relevant!

Here’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decisions from pro-family activists, courtesy of National Review Online. Note the thoughtful contribution from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life.

A filibuster by a Texas state senator, coupled with a mob in the Senate gallery that interfered with a vote, prevented the Texas state senate from adopting a ban on abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy or later.  Governor Rick Perry, not a fan of mob rule, has called the legislature back to get its work done. Learn more from Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner and from the hardworking activists at the Texas Alliance for Life.

Americans United for Life just announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken notice of an Oklahoma law regarding regulation of chemical abortions. U.S. Supreme Court Begins Historic Review of Chemical Abortion, Sparked by AUL Model Legislation