The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) endorses the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) as part of a broader strategy against the homosexual agenda.
Like other pro-family organizations, the TFP is well aware that FMA leaves the door open to the legislative recognition of civil unions and domestic partner benefits, which gut the sacred institution of marriage.
Moreover, the TFP believes that a reaction to the homosexual agenda that contents itself with preserving the word marriage , while doing nothing to stop the evisceration of marriage (the natural foundation of the family) through the legal and social recognition of civil unions and domestic partner benefits, fools no one and certainly not God. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked,” says Galatians 6:7.
Nevertheless, there is a tactical advantage to endorsing the FMA. Indeed, the FMA can put an end to the judicial activism favoring homosexual “marriage” and civil unions. As can be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas , which transformed sodomy into a constitutionally protected form of liberty, legislating from the bench has become the fast track for the homosexual advance.
If this fast track is shut down, pro-family forces buy precious time to mobilize public opinion for the larger battle. In the interests of the latter, all are conscience-bound to do everything possible to secure this time advantage.
The larger struggle is the Cultural War. As affirmed in the TFP statement Are We Still “One Nation Under God”? – The Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas is America ’s “Moral 9/11,” published July 9, 2003 , as a full-page ad in The Washington Times , “we may or may not be able to reverse Lawrence in the short run, but we must work untiringly to create the moral climate whereby homosexuality is rejected.”
The TFP sees the FMA, therefore, not as an end but as a means. It is a skirmish not the war. Like Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg, the FMA is likely to occasion fierce fighting, for it offers a tactical advantage in the larger cultural war.