Sunday, June 28, 2015

Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted


June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex "marriage," regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.

Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

"Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.

"In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

"No court can overturn natural law. Nature and Nature's God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.

"Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.

"It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.

"Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.

"With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America's cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

"Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision. Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.

"We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman," concluded Perkins.


Family Research Council's amicus brief in this case can be found here: http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=LK15F126


Congressman Randy Forbes Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 decision, authored by Justice Kennedy, holding that the Due Process and Establishment Clauses of the 14th Amendment  of the Constitution require all 50 states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  This ruling overturns democratically-elected laws in dozens of states. In response to the Court's decision, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA04), issued the following statement:

"It is not the Court's job to redefine sound public policy that has been democratically enacted by millions of Americans – just as the government should never force people to choose between their faith and their livelihood. Every American should be free to affirm the truth about marriage without being punished by the government."


The majority opinion acknowledged that traditional marriage is a view that, "has long been held—and continues to be held—in good faith by reasonable and sincere people here and throughout the world…The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.

However, the dissenting Justices took issue with what they saw as a weak and narrow understating of the First Amendment. Justice Thomas stated, "[The majority] makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation's tradition. Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for "religious organizations and persons… as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths." Religious liberty is about the freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlates to the civil restraints places upon religious practice."

Chief Justice Roberts further highlighted the Court's improper imposition into the democratic process. "[T]his Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us… The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment."  

TVC Statement on Federal Gay Marriage Mandate


June 26th, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - Statement of Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) president Andrea Lafferty in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on Obergefell et al. v. Hodges:

"In effect, the U.S. Supreme Court is arguing that while one can advocate for traditional marriage, one cannot operate according to those beliefs.
 
"This ruling sets up a rather dangerous collision course between the First Amendment religious freedom and the rights of conscience vs. the newly-established "right to dignity" embedded in Obergefell v. Hodges.
 
"America's Judeo-Christian tradition ensured for over 230 years that we would remain a pluralistic society, one of differing views and traditions that respected the basic rule of law.  Today's ruling fundamentally undermines that understanding of American traditions.

"The U.S. Supreme Court over the last two days has fundamentally altered its condition as an arbiter of law.  Instead of judging on the basis of law, the Supreme Court has now arrogated its powers to become a venue of last resort, or rather a place where laws passed by the legislature and duly signed by the executive are now radically altered and changed to fit the opinions of what the elites believe such laws should be.
 
"TVC is thankful for the dissenting opinion.  We can only join our voice to theirs, and continue to speak on behalf of a Christian community that is quickly finding itself apart and separated from the secular mainstream -- in the world, but certainly not of it (John 17, 1 Peter 2:11-12)."

Traditional Values Coalition is an interdenominational and multi-racial public policy organization speaking on behalf of 43,000 churches nationwide.

Court of Deception

BY DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL
 
 "… the fact that the Court rules … that a given program is constitutional, does not necessarily answer the question whether, in a broader sense, it actually is." *
 
Those words came from then Chief Justice, Earl Warren, who, in 1962 had a more modest view of his own infallibility than the current set of lawyers on the Supreme Court, a majority who deceive themselves into believing they can alter the foundational relationship of human existence. 
 
The Court has issued a farce appropriate for theatrical comedy, not a reasoned decision on marriage or the U.S. Constitution.   In the majority's gushing decision, judicial will purports to nullify real marriage.  The same arguments the Court used today for "same sex marriage" also justifies "marriages" between three or more people.
 
Basing their decision on the 14th Amendment, despite the fact that state legislatures which ratified this amendment also had felony sodomy laws on the books, the Justices are strangely silent on describing the disordered sexual behavior underlying homosexual "marriages," which lead to early death and numerous medical pathologies, or the fact that such behaviors were universally considered criminal acts until a few short years ago.  
 
Today's Supreme Court ruling means that persons like Mother Teresa or Rev. Rick Warren who gave the invocation at Barack Obama's First Inaugural are now "haters" and "bigots," and will be marginalized or even excluded from the public life of this nation by future decisions and applications of this decision.
 
Several states already no longer allow religious based adoption agencies to place children for adoption unless they place children with same sex "married" couples.  Individual business owners who refuse to participate in same sex "marriage" services have been given six figure fines.
 
Because the Court based its decision on the 14th Amendment, churches, religious schools and institutions will likely lose their tax exemption if they fail to affirm "marriages" between same sex couples.  Students will no longer be eligible for state scholarships if used at colleges which affirm traditional moral teaching.  Public schools will become indoctrination centers for acceptance of homosexual behavior.  
 
This is a most unwise decision attempting to coerce citizens to choose between their country and their faith or conscience, and make them enemies of the state for following the Laws of Nature and Nature's God.  Because of an erring Supreme Court many professionals will be placed in an untenable position of choosing between losing their ability to provide for their families and following their conscience. It is not heartless conservatives who would prevent same sex "marriage," it is Nature itself.
 
Congress must use its undisputed power of the purse to ban the spending of any federal monies by federal courts or agencies to implement this mockery.  Since only four decisions of the Supreme Court have been overturned by Constitutional Amendment since 1789, a constitutional amendment may be a blind alley, not an immediate practical response to this moral and constitutional crisis.   
 
The decision does not define marriage.  When the Supreme Court next rules on threesome "marriages" will same sex "marriage" proponents become "hateful bigots" and "discriminate" against three or more people who want to be "married?" Or will "marriage equality" for threesomes or more prevail? 
 
The Roe and Doe decisions of the Court in 1973 did not settle the abortion issue.  This deplorable decision today will not settle what marriage means.

 
*Earl Warren, The Bill of Rights and the Military, 37 N.Y.U. L. REV. 181, 193 (1962), Reprinted in, The Air Force Law Review, VOL. 60, 2007, pp 16-17.

 

Call to Action: We're still standing for marriage - stand with us.

June 26, 2015

Today, five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millenia of history and the reality of human nature. In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy. Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman.

On this historic day, we want to encourage you to raise your voice in support of marriage. Please join the conversation on twitter by following @TPerkins and @FRCdc and using the sample tweet below to help raise awareness about the importance of marriage and religious freedom.

Tweet this: #SCOTUS #marriage ruling is shocking abuse of power, and will never be accepted - @TPerkins

It's our belief that Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth and will never accept the legitimacy of this decision. Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8

Sincerely,
Family Research Council


Friday, June 26, 2015

Bishop EW Jackson: "We will never submit to the Supreme Court's ruling on 'same-sex marriage'"


"WE WILL NEVER SUBMIT!"

 

The Supreme Court's decision to create a Constitutional right of "marriage" between two people of the same gender, will go down in history as one of the most irrational and destructive in American jurisprudential history. By doing so the Court has undermined its own legitimacy, usurped a role reserved to the states, defied the will of the American people and declared war on the First Amendment, Bible believing Christians and God.

 

To quote Justice Scalia, this is nothing short of a "threat to Democracy." A majority of nine judges do not rule America; the people do. The definition of marriage has existed for all of human history and is enshrined in the beliefs of Christians, Jews and Muslims. It is validated by natural law and the obvious biological impulse to procreate. The Supreme Court has just overturned thousands of years of history, culture and human understanding of what a marriage is.

 

Now this serpent will continue to wind its way through every aspect of American culture at an accelerated pace. Children must be retaught, schools will adjust their curriculum, business owners will be forced to accept what their hearts know is not right. True Christians, knowing they must obey God rather than men, will come into direct conflict with our government. But we will never submit.

 

STAND ("Staying True to America's National Destiny"), MINISTERS TAKING A STAND and VETERANS TAKING A STAND will continue to fight for the Judeo-Christian principles which made America a blessed, prosperous and powerful nation. We are calling for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment overturning the Supreme Court's decision, and defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

 

We urge all Americans, regardless of race, denomination, or political party to join with us in fighting for the restoration of Judeo-Christian values and religious liberty in America.

 

~END~

 

E.W. Jackson is Bishop of THE CALLED Church, a Marine Corps Veteran, 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia, President of STAND [www.standamerica.us] and Senior Fellow for Family Research Council.



Monday, June 1, 2015

Congressman Robert Hurt Welcomes New Jobs to Henry County


Monday, June 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after Monogram Food Solutions, a manufacturer of quality meat snacks, announced it will create over 100 new jobs in Henry County:

"At a time when unemployment in Southside remains all too high, I am pleased that Monogram is, once again, adding much-needed jobs in our area.  Their decision to again expand investment in their Henry County operations is a testament to the hardworking people of Martinsville and Henry County.   I thank the company, Governor McAuliffe, state and local lawmakers, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, and the Martinsville - Henry County Economic Development Corporation for their commitment to economic development.  I look forward to continuing to work with state and local leaders and advancing policies that will spur economic growth and get Virginia's Fifth District back to work." 

 



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JATP Announces Speaker for May Meeting



JATP Announces Speaker for May Meeting
JATP May Meeting -- Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm
New Location: Kegler's Lanes, 29 North

Diana Reimer to Speak

Evolution of the Tea Party and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Diana is the national Tea Party Patriots' Grassroots Field Team and Local Group Logistics Manager

Don't miss this opportunity!  Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm

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Kegler's Lanes
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Ample parking to the left of the building.
Use the left entrance.
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Regarding Ireland Vote


Saturday, May 23, 2015

The following statement was given by Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage in Washington, DC:

"We want to thank David Quinn and The Iona Institute for fighting the good fight running the No campaign against tremendous odds in Ireland.

We are disappointed but not surprised with the apparent passage of a referendum in Ireland providing for the redefinition of marriage in that country. This is a reflection on the increasingly secularized nature of Ireland, together with the utter abandonment of principle by every political party in the nation, all of whom endorsed the referendum. This, combined with intense harassment of any group or individual who spoke out in opposition to the referendum, made it difficult for opponents. Despite this, millions of Irish citizens stood to vote to uphold the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Even with this decision in Ireland, the idea of same-sex marriage has been widely rejected by the community of nations around the world, where only 18 nations recognize same-sex 'marriage', almost all of them in the west, which represents less than 10% of the nations in the world.

If there is any relevance to the Irish vote for people here in the United States, it is that the US Supreme Court should take note that the people of Ireland at least had the opportunity to vote. This is what we demand of our justices — respect the right of people to define marriage in the law for themselves. If that occurs, we are confident that the American people will continue to support marriage in the law as it exists in reality — the union of one man and one woman in order to provide the ideal environment for any children born of their union."




Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Louisianans Support Marriage and Conscience Act

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) and the Louisiana Family Forum Action today released the results of a commissioned survey conducted by WPA Opinion Research showing that more than two-thirds (67%) of likely Louisiana voters support the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act. The Act will be considered tomorrow morning in the House Civil Law Committee.

Sixty percent (60%) of participants agreed they were more likely to re-elect a legislator who supported the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act authored by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Benton).

FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments in response to the survey:

"Louisianans strongly agree that a person or nonprofit shouldn't lose tax exempt status, face disqualification, or be punished by the government simply for believing what President Obama believed just three years ago, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. No Louisianan should face government threats for believing in natural marriage and living their lives according to that belief.

"We join with Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Family Forum Action in urging the legislature to approve the Marriage and Conscience Act. The freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs is the foundation for a civil society where people of differing beliefs can live and work together with mutual respect," concluded Perkins.

Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum Action, also commented:

"The Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act is not a sword but a shield to protect businesses, non-profits and individuals in Louisiana who embrace the natural definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Nearly five hundred businesses and individuals in Louisiana have already signed a pledge of support for HB 707 at la4liberty.com," concluded Mills.

The Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research survey was commissioned by the Louisiana Family Forum Action and the Family Research Council. To review the results of the WPA Opinion Research survey, click here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15E109.pdf

FRC's Tony Perkins Slams Louisiana Legislators for Failing to Pass Marriage and Conscience Act, Urge


May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act failed to pass through the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. This evening at 5:05 p.m. ET, Governor Bobby Jindal will appear on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins to react to the committee vote. Listen online at www.tonyperkins.com.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments in response:

"These ten legislators voted today against freedom and against two-thirds of Louisianans who support the Marriage and Conscience Act.

"These elected leaders effectively endorsed government discrimination against individuals and nonprofits simply for believing in marriage between a man and a woman. No person or nonprofit should lose tax exempt status, face disqualification, lose a professional license or be punished by the government simply for believing what President Obama believed just three years ago, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

"Astonishingly, Chairman Neil Abramson admitted that he wasn't looking for the truth of what the bill accomplishes. He deliberately called for the vote based on the Left's intentional misrepresentations and distortions and his willingness to accept that those distortions should determine the outcome of the debate. This is a failure of leadership and goes to the heart of what's wrong with American politics today. Lawmakers have a duty to vote for legislation based on what's in the best interest of society -- not based upon public perception shaped by known falsehoods.

"We thank Governor Jindal for his leadership on this bill and call on him to use the power of his office to ensure that Louisianans remain free to follow their beliefs about marriage without fear of retaliation by the government," concluded Perkins.

Yesterday, Family Research Council (FRC) and the Louisiana Family Forum Action released the results of a commissioned survey conducted by WPA Opinion Research showing that more than two-thirds (67%) of likely Louisiana voters support the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act. Sixty percent (60%) of participants agreed they were more likely to re-elect a legislator who supported the bill authored by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Benton).

To review the results of the WPA Opinion Research survey, click here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15E109.pdf

Congressman Robert Hurt's Round-Up: Honoring Our Law Enforcement Officers


May 19, 2015

Last week, we recognized National Police Week, an annual commemoration leading up to May 15th, which was coined Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. We owe much gratitude to our law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal levels, who put themselves in danger on a daily basis.

There are over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers across our great nation who make tremendous sacrifices each day to selflessly protect us. While working in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Pittsylvania County, I had the opportunity to work closely with a number of these brave men and women and saw firsthand their dedication to keeping our communities safe. Their heroic service to our local communities across Virginia's Fifth District and this country is profoundly important, and we are forever grateful for their commitment to protect us each and every day.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which would require the Attorney General to establish a national Blue Alert communications network to disseminate information about suspects among law enforcement agencies when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or in danger. Similar to Amber Alerts, these Blue Alerts will help distribute time-sensitive information to help quickly identify and apprehend violent criminals. This is a major step forward in expanding the alert system, and reaffirming our commitment to ensure the safety of those who risk their lives protecting us. It has already passed the Senate, and will now go to the President's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

We also passed bills to ensure flags flown over the Capitol are sent to the immediate family of public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty and to amend the IRS code to exclude certain compensation received by public safety officers and their dependents from gross income. Each of these bipartisan pieces of legislation had my full support, and I was pleased to see them pass the House of Representatives. It is my hope that the Senate and the President join us in our support of this legislation. I remain committed to doing all we can to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving and protecting our communities.

We remain deeply indebted to our law enforcement officers for the protection they provide us. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their selfless service and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

If you need any additional information or if we may be of assistance to you, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.


Congressman Robert Hurt's Statement on House Passage of Bill Requiring Congressional Review of Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, H.R. 1191, which would require congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the President can waive or suspend sanctions previously imposed by Congress:

"The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening. Last month, the Obama Administration, and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, reached a preliminary agreement with Iran relating to its nuclear program.  Given its nuclear ambitions and history, I am skeptical that Iran will act in good faith and adhere to any of the terms of a deal.

"We must ensure that negotiations of such great magnitude are as transparent as possible and remain focused on our ultimate goal of eliminating the threat of a nuclear Iran. The legislation we passed today will ensure that the American people and their representatives in Congress are afforded the opportunity to meaningfully participate in this debate.  I was proud to support this measure today and see it pass the House with strong bipartisan support, and it is my hope the President keeps his word and signs into law this critical piece of legislation.  I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see that Iran is kept from gaining ground on their nuclear ambitions and that we continue to support our allies in the region, particularly Israel."   


Congressman Robert Hurt Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Require SEC to Review Regulations


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) recently introduced the Streamlining Excessive and Costly Regulations Review Act, H.R. 2354, along with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona).  This legislation would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to review its significant regulations to determine if they are necessary in the public interest or should be amended or rescinded.  Congressman Hurt said:

"Overregulation of small businesses undoubtedly stands in the way of job creation across Virginia's Fifth District and across our great nation.  Given the SEC's role in our marketplace, its regulations directly affect the efficiency and success of our Main Street businesses.  The SEC's mission - facilitating capital formation, protecting investors, and maintaining fair and efficient markets - puts it at the forefront of ensuring that our small businesses have access to the capital they need to start, hire, and expand their businesses.  The SEC is not presently required to conduct comprehensive, retrospective review of its regulations, meaning that outdated and duplicative rules may be left on the books without being modernized.  We must ensure that the SEC operates efficiently, fulfills its mission, and looks for ways to reduce burdens and costs at a time when our economy is struggling.  

"This bill will require the SEC to comprehensively review its regulations every ten years – a process that other financial regulatory bodies already perform – to streamline their rules and ensure they are all up-to-date.  It's a commonsense, good-government measure that will hold the Commission accountable and promote fair, efficient, and effective regulation. I look forward to working with Representative Sinema and my colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee to ensure the SEC's regulations are in the best interests of the American people."

Congresswoman Sinema said, "Business owners in Arizona regularly tell me that our inefficient and often confusing regulatory environment hurts their ability to grow and hire.  This commonsense legislation requires the SEC to improve and repeal outdated regulations, holding them accountable and providing certainty for businesses and consumers.  I am committed to working with Congressman Hurt and my colleagues on the House Financial Services to streamline regulations, reduce the costs of compliance, and spur economic growth and job creation in Arizona and across the country."


The bill requires that within the first five years after enactment, and every ten years thereafter, the SEC must engage in a retrospective review of all significant SEC rules and regulations. This legislation is modeled on the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, which requires prudential financial regulatory agencies to retrospectively review their regulations every ten years.