March 25, 2013 Anti-Gay Marriage Rally in Paris. La Manif Pour Tous’s photo.
As a Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, I am honored that my Bishop, Francis D Lorenzo, and the Bishop of Arlington,Paul S. Loverde, have stood courageously in defense of marriage and called upon the faithful to do the same.
As a Constitutional lawyer and policy activist I know what is at stake. I know the strategy which has been undertaken by the opponents of marriage through verbal, social and legal engineering. As a patriotic American, husband, father, and grandfather, I also know what I must do.
What is needed is a massive Marriage Defense Movement in the United States of America.Such a movement is already global and we should join ranks with them, internationally, for the true Common Good
Last January The
China Post reported that over 200,000 people marched in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office. They stood for the irrefutable truth that marriage is between one man and one woman.“God created human beings as male and female. Only the union of a man and a woman can create the next generation, and the ability to create offspring is an important function of a family,” said one of the participants, 40-year-old Ann Huang, who joined the rally with her friends.
Among the network which sponsored the March to Defend Marriage was a group calling itself the Coalition for the
Happiness of Our Next Generation. Yu Yen-hung, one of the founders of the organization, told the China Post, “We worry that this alternative family formation idea will confuse children’s concepts on education and sexual identity. Therefore, we decided to stand up and fight against this bill that will affect the next generation.”Of course, their worry is correct. Children have a right to a mother and a father. In tact, true marriages, between one man and one woman, are the foundation of a family. Family is the first cell of society.
Sadly, if one examines the main stream media reports, you would think that this ongoing story is about homosexuals, lesbians, transgendered people and other sexual revolutionaries and provocateurs being subjected to discrimination.
The truth is that the largest crowds in history gathered to defend the truth about marriage as what it is! In doing so, they are defending the family and the society founded upon it. They are also on the right side of history.
On Sunday, March 24, 2013, hundreds of thousands of French citizens marched along the Champs-Elysees Avenue united in the same noble cause. They defended marriage and the family and society founded upon it against those who oppose marriage and seek to restructure civil society by legislative or judicial fiat.
They faced tear gas and clubs from the riot police representing the French Socialist regime. They were courageous and unwilling to back down. They sang La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem, and called for the resignation of the President.
The marchers in Paris and Taiwan are a part of a global movement, a new Marriage Liberation Movement. This new counter-cultural movement is about to reshape history. It crosses racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, philosophical and political lines.
The members of this Marriage Defense movement seek to defend and to liberate marriage from the grip of propagandists and Cultural Revolutionaries who oppose it and are actively working undermine it. They seek to defend marriage against an assault by those dedicated to redefining it and replacing it with a counterfeit. The opponents of marriage are fomenting a Cultural Revolution in the West. It is a dangerous experiment which will never promote the true common good.
Many media reports covering the March in France – and the march in China – failed to report the truth. The marchers respect all men and women, including those who self identify as homosexual. They simply reject the notion of ‘gay marriage’, a phrase which is an oxymoron.
The propaganda press uses Orwellian newspeak to fuel caricatures against those who defend true marriage. They do not report the news – they promote a Cultural Revolution which opposes marriage while purporting to expand its definition.
Like propagandists of the past, they attempt to frame public perception by calling those who defend marriage as being against what they call ‘marriage equality’. However, homosexual and lesbian partnerships are incapable of being marriages.
Those who defend marriage – and the family and society founded upon it, are under an unrelenting assault from Cultural revolutionaries.
The marchers in China, in France and all over the world are the proponents, the defenders, of true liberation. They are advocates for a society of human flourishing and freedom. They defend real marriage and thereby defend the rights of children to a mother and father. They promote the true common good.
Marriage ‘is what it is’, to use a popular expression. The effort to redefine the word and then use the mechanisms of the State to entirely restructure this institution inscribed in the Natural Law – and replace it – is what is at stake here.
Those who advocate giving moral and legal equivalency to homosexual and lesbian relationships are the people who oppose marriage. Their intention is to entirely reorder civil society. They use the phrase ‘marriage equality’ in an Orwellian act of verbal engineering. They want to use the police power of the State against those who defend true marriage.
They seek to make what can never be a marriage – a homosexual or lesbian partnership – to be a marriage, by pronouncement of a Court or a legislature. Such partnerships can never achieve the ends of marriage. They accuse those who defend authentic marriage of somehow being against marriage because we will not redefine the word to include homosexual or lesbian partnerships.
This is a propaganda ploy and a tactic aimed at nothing less than a Cultural Revolution. I know that some of my readers do not like it when I use the term Cultural Revolution. They object because the term was identified with the reassertion of Maoism in China. That movement, which turned violent, caused extraordinary social turmoil. That is PRECISELY why the analogy is apropos.
Those who marched in Paris and Taiwan are joined in solidarity by marchers around the world. A counter-cultural movement to defend marriage is growing. It is spreading around the globe. It rejects the imposition of the new order which rejects the truth about marriage and the family and society founded upon it. It is dedicated – and will not back down.
To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To confer by governmental fiat the benefits that have been conferred in the past only to stable married couples and families to homosexual and lesbian paramours is bad public policy.
To state this bluntly is not to be ‘anti-gay’; it is simply to defend marriage and the common good of society. This is a noble cause. Those who promote it are not bigots, they are liberators!
Though the Marriage Defense Marchers in Paris and Taiwan represent every segment of society, and reflect a wide range of ages, ethnic identities and political persuasions, they were collectively labeled as conservatives in much of the international press.They were dismissed in propaganda press reports as bigoted. Ironically, their numbers encompassed people from every walk of life, race, social and economic class and political persuasion. They are all simply unwilling to bend the knee to the new cultural revolutionaries.
Marriage is the first society into which children are meant to be born, learn to be fully human, grow in virtue, flourish and take their role in families and communities. We must not be afraid to make the claim that children have a right to a mother and a father. They really do.
Of course we care about the single parent family and the many broken homes which characterize this age. However, their existence does not change the norm necessary for a stable and healthy society.
Intact marriages and families are the glue of a healthy and happy social order. We need to be a visible, palpable reflection of this truth about marriage and family in our own lives. To live a faithful marriage is now counter cultural.
Our convictions and claims concerning marriage are not outdated notions of a past era but provide the path to the future. Nor is our position defending marriage as between one man and one woman simply a religious position. We insist upon the existence of a Natural Moral Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.
The Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source for every great and authentic human and civil rights movement. The Natural Law gives us the moral norms we need to build societies and govern ourselves. It should inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.
There is a growing intolerance spreading which directly threatens our rights to free expression, association and political participation. This is reflected in a brazen effort to censor any speech which questions the cultural slide into the abyss of relativism. Efforts to prevent our vocal and public defense of the objective truth about marriage and the family are multiplying. However, they are not succeeding.
That was evident in the streets of Paris, France where hundreds of thousands gathered to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. It was evident in Taiwan as well.
The Marriage Defense Movement is growing. Similar marches have occurred in the Philippines and Australia. If I have anything to do with it, the streets of Washington, DC will be filled with supporters of the Marriage Defense Movement.
I write as a Catholic Christian. The position of the Catholic Church on the nature of marriage is crystal clear. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church explained in 2003:
“The Church’s teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose.”“No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.”
I am joined with Christians from across the confessional spectrum, faithful Jews, other people of faith and those of good will in this growing marriage defense movement. We are the new counter culture of this age.
The opponents of marriage and family are the proponents of a system which seeks to impose their new order on the rest of us. We will not back down because our cause is just and true. History has demonstrated that we are on the right side, they are on the wrong side, and we will prevail.
Civil institutions do not create marriage. Neither can they create some new right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. The ban on polygamy and age requirements were enforced in order to ensure that there was a mature decision at the basis of the Marriage contract.
Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for the family, and the family forms the foundation of civil society. What occurred in Paris and in Taiwan is a part of a Movement which is spreading throughout the world. It will stand up against those who seek to undermine marriage. There is an international movement being birthed and it is about to rock the world.
The Marriage Defense Movement is growing. We are the new and true counter culture of this age. We will prevail. History, truth and authentic social justice are on our side. The next year will show that this movement is the future. It serves the true Common Good. Stay tuned, pray, and get ready to fully participate.
“The French are tolerant, but they are deeply attached to the family and the defense of children.” -Daniel Liechti
(Paris, France)—World Congress of Families (WCF) hailed Sunday’s march for traditional, natural marriage in Paris. WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs commented: “Hundreds of thousands marched in Paris yesterday, in bitterly cold temperatures, to oppose plans by President Francois Hollande to force a bill legalizing so-called same-sex marriage through the parliament. Yesterday’s march, supported by the French Catholic hierarchy, was an impassioned outpouring in defense of marriage, children, and the natural family. It demonstrates, once again, that the push for ‘same-sex marriage’ is driven by elites and rejected by the overwhelming majority of families worldwide.”
Commenting on the success of the march, Daniel Liechti, Vice President of the National Council of French Evangelicals, observed, “The French are tolerant, but they are deeply attached to the family and the defense of children.” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira ominously described the move by the Hollande government as “civilization changing.” (Photo: Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Coinciding with the Paris march, across the Channel, more than 1,000 Catholic priests and prelates signed a letter warning that the legalization of “same-sex marriage” in the United Kingdom could lead to renewed persecution of Catholics, which might include those faithful to the Church’s teaching losing their jobs.
World Congress of Families and its 37 Partners have been in the forefront of worldwide efforts to protect natural marriage. In 2008, WCF circulated an international leadership petition in support of a successful effort to amend the Romanian civil code to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
In 2010, the Congress rallied international opposition to the legalization of same-sex unions in Mexico City. WCF Partner Red Familia (the Family Network) spearheaded opposition in Mexico.
In August 2012, more than 120 pro-life and pro-family leaders from 11 countries signed a World Congress of Families petition protesting participation by the U.S. ambassador in Prague in the annual “gay pride” parade. Such events are usually a stalking horse for “same-sex marriage.”
Last May, Christian Concern (a WCF Partner) held a London colloquium entitled “One Man, One Woman—Making The Case for Marriage.” Due to political pressure and Prime Minister David Cameron’s support for “same-sex marriage,” organizers were forced to relocate the conference twice from two different private and government venues. Also, Christian Concern was part of a coalition that delivered to 10 Downing Street over half-a-million signatures on a petition to keep marriage between a man and a woman.
In September, WCF Partners Australian Family Association, Endeavour Forum and Dads4Kids helped to defeat “same-sex marriage” in votes in both houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. Marriage will be among the topics discussed at World Congress of Families VII in Sydney, May 15-18, 2013.
And in the United States, WCF Partner the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Brian Brown have been involved in most of the referenda amending state constitutions to protect natural marriage.
Jacobs concluded: “We congratulate the organizers of the Paris march and declare our solidarity with efforts to defend natural marriage in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and wherever such efforts are underway. Just as the campaign to undermine marriage . . . is international in scope, the defense of natural marriage must stretch across national boundaries to embrace families everywhere.”