Recently, we learned of President Obama telling Attorney General Eric Holder that the federal government was to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He told the Attorney General that he no longer believed that it was constitutional. The first thing I thought, after picking up my jaw, was oh my goodness and then, can we really be surprised by that?
In April 2007, Meleah Allard of Hope for Wholeness WNC traveled with me to D.C. to speak against the pending Hate Crimes legislation, which has since been passed and is now law. The team was made of select leaders from Exodus International, Focus on the Family, and The Family Research Council. We went to every Senator and Congressman on Capitol Hill telling them why we felt that this was not necessary and had inherent dangers behind it. Just as soon as the 2008 elections were over, it was one of the first things passed. Since being enacted, it has not made a big impact on our society or on the church, as feared, but the jury is still out on this.
Prior to that trip, leading up to the November election of 2006, the SC Baptist Convention hired me to represent the convention as their spokesman for the Marriage Amendment. This was to amend the state constitution to define and limit marriage as one man and one woman. It was a sad reality that we needed to defend what had long been considered common sense, however a growing number of states were redefining marriage as anyone that was wishing to enter into a marriage union. The point of the amendment was to utilize the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to defend the state against the encroachment of gay marriage.
“DOMA is a federal law of the United States, signed by President Bill Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996. Under this law, no state (or other political entity within the United States) needs to treat as a marriage the same-sex relationship considered a marriage in another state (DOMA, Section 2); the federal government defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman (DOMA, Section 3). It passed both houses of Congress by large majorities.” (Times Herald Online)
I remember something that Sean Hannity said many times after the 2008 election-“elections have consequences.” He obviously was speaking of the nation voting in leaders who would take us through somewhat uncharted territory. I say somewhat uncharted because this is not the first time that an extremist has taken over the White House and has utilized the power of the government to promote social change.
No one should be surprised by this. When Obama was running for office, some of his classic “O” logos had a US flag in the center, but some on his own website at the time and on pro-gay bumper stickers replaced the flag with a rainbow flag.
On the official White House website, www.whitehouse.gov, there is a list of all of the Obama administration’s accomplishments on Civil Rights. Four out of seven of their listed accomplishments are focused on gay rights.
I personally do not have any problem with, and agree with, partners being able to visit one another in the hospital and leaving property to one another. I personally do not agree with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, however recognize that there are hundreds and thousands of gays that are serving in the military, despite the regulations, who are fighting for my freedom. As I said earlier, we don’t really know how hate crimes, now called the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, will affect our society and church. I do not agree with giving federal benefits to gay couples as in a marriage. I don’t believe the federal government can afford to shoulder this additional burden. However, many states have done this because they have accepted that the marriage of a man and woman are the same as two same-sex partners. The White House website page goes on to say, “He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage….and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
Our President took the oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” During Obama’s oath you will remember that he had a problem with saying the oath and had to take it again in a private ceremony with the Chief Justice. His recent remarks regarding DOMA, in hindsight, make this slur of words seem to be a sign of things to come. It makes us wonder, what part of the Constitution is he going to decide to not follow next? What law will he decide for himself that he no longer needs to enforce?
On September 9, 2009, SC Representative Joe Wilson shouted at President Barack Obama while Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his proposal for reforming health care. During his address, Obama said: “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” In a breach of decorum, Wilson pointed at Obama and shouted, “You lie!”. (Wikipedia)
While we don’t know about insuring illegal immigrants (since nearly no one, including Congress, has actually read the health care bill), we do know that our President does not always tell the truth. When he swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, it seems he had no intention of doing so. Even during the election in speeches and his writings said that the Constitution needed to be rewritten. So, suffice it to say, when Obama spoke of Change-This is what he meant.
Obama would say that people like myself are living in denial. If I had listened to the voices in our world that shout the new age mantra, Be true to yourself, I would have never left the gay lifestyle (following Christ in denial of myself), never gotten married, and never had children.
When I said my vows to my wife, though I am a flawed man and have failed, I intended to fulfill that promise to God and my wife and live daily to do so. I believe when we say that we are going to do something, we do it. When we fail, we get up and we keep going in the direction of that promise. I THANK GOD that the Lord sought me and brought me to my right standing with Him and gave me the family I have. I pray that our President comes to a right understanding of a promise and his office.