The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) has issued the following statement about the August 4, 2010 decision to strike down California’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage” by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California:
In the name of equality, Chief Justice Vaughn Walker has ruled that California’;s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional and has “no rational basis” because it excludes same-sex unions.
In making the decision, Justice Walker has taken upon himself the task of defining marriage based on the faulty logic that marriage is defined by any committed relationship.
Marriage is not a mere form of relationship such as a friendship or a business partnership. Nor is it the legalization of a passion. It is a mutual self-giving between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising a family. Even if, for a number of reasons, this union may not result in children, it still is the only institution that allows children to grow naturally and be raised in normal conditions for their psychological and moral development.
According to Judge Walker, traditional marriage is “nothing more than an artifact of a foregone notion that men and women fulfill different roles in civic life.” In dismissing any other criteria than equality, the judge denies the notion of this august union instituted by the Creator himself in its present form through natural law, and confirmed by Revelation, for the perpetuation of the species.
The ruling unmasks how the homosexual movement’s promotion of same-sex “marriage.” deprives marriage of its rational end, belittles a higher moral law and disregards the majority of California who hold marriage to be sacred. Americans must reject this decision which will now be appealed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.