• Misleading ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ Is Cynical, Anti-Child, Political Posturing

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    Surge Summary: The preposterously misnamed “Respect for Marriage Act” redefines marriage, and thus threatens both the vital institution and children who would benefit from it. Senate Democrats are trying to keep all this a secret. Thousands of religious leaders are formally registering their opposition.  

    by The Ruth Institute

    “The essential public purpose of marriage is to connect mothers and fathers to their children and to one another,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “All the stated purposes of the newly redefined concept of marriage are either private or inessential.”

    “The Ruth Institute categorically opposes the cynically misnamed ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ (HR 8404). And we commend the more than 2,000 religious leaders who signed an open letter opposing this deceptive and dangerous same-sex marriage bill currently before Congress.”

    “Children need their parents,” Morse explained. “All humans have a right to know the identity of the two people who brought them into life. And except for unavoidable tragedy, children have a right to be in relationship with both parents.”

    “Removing a gender requirement for marriage undermines these basic human rights by redefining the social and legal understanding of parenthood. Redefining marriage was bad public policy in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, and it is bad public policy in HR 8404 today.”

    HR 8404 goes further than the 2015 ruling. Besides federal recognition of marriage between same sex couples, it would require states to recognize any type of marriage, including of multiple-partners.

    “Thus, if a state decided to legalize polygamy, group marriage, marriage between blood relatives, or marriage between an adult and a minor, every other state and the federal government would be forced to recognize these unnatural unions,” Morse warned.

    “The bill’s authors are postponing a Senate vote until after the election because they fear the political consequences. The Sexual Revolutionaries are playing to their radical base and hiding the radicalism of this bill from the people.”

    In their letter, the 2,000 religious leaders argued that the “Respect for Marriage Act” would, in effect, deputize anti-faith forces to sue individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations that refuse to bend a knee to newly created forms of “marriage.”

    “After Obergefell, states began replacing ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ on marriage licenses with ‘spouse 1’ and ‘spouse 2,’” Morse noted. “The ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ would accelerate this trend by making marriage a free-form institution.”

    The Ruth Institute has consistently and resolutely opposed the redefinition of marriage. In part because of this, it has been on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups” since 2013.

    “The radical redefinition of marriage is part of the movement to abolish marriage and the family,” Morse said. “Protecting these institutions, which are the bedrock of civilization, is the most crucial issue of our time.”

    The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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