California’s Supreme Court decides on Tuesday whether gay marriage is legal in the most populous U.S. state, a key battleground in American culture wars….A flurry of pro-gay marriage rulings and votes in Iowa and New England this year has reversed a trend toward banning gay marriage. Most U.S. states do not allow same-sex marriage.

“Here in California, we think of ourselves as much more progressive than Iowa,” said Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA.. “It’s already the law of the land in the heartland and the East Coast is now quantum leaps ahead of us. It’s like, ‘Wait a minute, this is California! What the heck is going on?'”

This is what’s going on:  Christians, conservatives and some of the moral majority banded together to upend legalizing gay marriage in California. Ironic, eh? But it proves that going to the fight prepared made a huge difference. In states like Iowa, no one would have believed that gay marriage would be within a million miles of state approval in a corn-fed midwestern state.

“We need a federal amendment to the constitution affirming marriage is between a man and a woman, because we’ll just keep fighting about it here,” said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an evangelical group based in Sacramento…..Should the gay-marriage ban stand, some gay-rights groups are planning a ballot initiative to once again legalize gay marriage in either 2010 or 2012. If the ban falls, groups supporting traditional marriage say they will likely appeal to federal courts.

Backpeddle much? Rick Warren seems to be pretty good at it.smith_obama

“I’m opposed to having a brother and sister together and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to having an older guy marrying a child and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage.”…..The interviewer then asks, “Do you think those are equivalent to gays getting married?….”Oh, I do,” responded the megachurch leader, whose subsequent selection to give Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s inaugural invocation stirred controversy.

I wrote to all my gay friends, the leaders that I knew and actually apologized to them. That never got out. There were some things said – everybody should have 10% grace when they say public statements and I was asked a question that made it sound like I equated gay marriage with pedophilia or incest which I absolutely do not believe.”

In defense of biblical marriage and family…..The D.C. Defense of Marriage Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.), states “that in the District of Columbia, for all legal purposes, ‘marriage’ means the union of one man and one woman.”
“The strength of that institution ultimately decides the strength of our entire culture,” Jordan said in opening the conference, held on the steps of the Cannon House Office Building. “It is family that truly is the foundational institution of our nation, and marriage is its cornerstone.”

The smoke screen…Bishop Harry Jackson said the battle to preserve traditional marriage is not a civil rights issue but a child issue….“It’s not about us. It’s about the next generation,” Jackson said. “I do not want my grandchildren sitting in the classroom hearing that Heather has two mommies or that the prince and the prince grow up and marry and become the king and the king.”

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