May I call you to pray with us in this hour? Today, the Supreme Court of CA will hear arguments against Prop. 8 (the ‘gay marriage’ ban that CA voters passed in Nov. last year), and why once more the will of the people should be overturned in favor of ‘gay marriage’.
Gratefully, the Prop. 8 people have put together a sound and smart defense, founded on the best of Judeo-Christian principles. I love these folks! They have refused to bash gays and have simply and virtuously upheld marriage for what it is. Pray for their clarity and objectivity, as they have already endured ceaseless slander. If you heard Sean Penn’s diatribe at the Academy Awards when he exhorted us ‘to anticipate our great shame and the shame of our grandchildren’ for upholding marriage, you glimpsed what CA’s intelligentsia is flinging at marriage supporters.
This is an occasion to endure such attack peacefully, and to continue in love to uphold the truth of marriage. To their great credit, the Prop. 8 people have done just that.
Today, the Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by three legal groups asking the Court to invalidate Prop. 8 on the grounds that voters did not have the authority to make such a change. The petition argues that Prop. 8 revised, rather than amended the Constitution, and therefore first should have been submitted to the state legislature. A weak case. The Prop. 8 team will counter these arguments on behalf of all of us who love marriage.
The opposition is grasping at straws. Still, we know that the CA Court already favors ‘gay marriage.’ Last year, the Court overturned the first law defining marriage as solely heterosexual that CA voters passed in 2000. The Court then legalized ‘gay marriage’, which provoked the creation and passage of Prop. 8. Pray that in spite of their views, the Court Justices will uphold Prop. 8, the measure that the Court allowed on the ballot last November. Pray that real justice will prevail in CA by the Court upholding the people’s will.
A big question: what happens to the thousands of gay couples that ‘married’ between last June and the passage of Prop. 8? Though I sympathize with those caught in the legal crossfire, the Court has only itself to blame. Foreseeing the dilemma, Prop. 8 organizers requested last June that the Court wait to marry gays until the people voted. The Court refused to wait. Pray that all state courts will learn from the mess that the CA Court has made of this, and that the Court will act wisely and justly this time in light of all concerned.
On behalf of generations yet-to-come, let us support marriage by praying for the Prop. 8 team as they defend our case on Thursday. The Court then will deliberate and make a decision at a yet-to-be determined time. Please make prayer for marriage a part of your Lenten offering, as we are at Desert Stream.
We do so for our grandchildren’s dignity and clarity (in contrast to their shame).