Dangers in doing away with DOMA
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, attorneys are warning about the consequences that decision will have on families and society.
Lawyers have filed various briefs in defense of the law as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case. John Mauck of Chicago-based Mauck & Baker, LLC, for example, is representing The Manhattan Declaration, Inc. -- "the voice of more than 500,000 Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Christians" who affirm pro-life and pro-marriage values.
"We talk about dangers to children, dangers to teenagers and confusion when they're forming their sexuality and trying to figure out who they are," Mauck details. There is also a danger "to churches and religious freedom, and to society."
The amicus brief points out the studies showing that children raised in homosexual or lesbian homes do suffer (see earlier story). Another issue is that homosexuals refer to Christians who oppose homosexuality and homosexual "marriage" as "bigots" and "hate mongers."
"In virtually every society -- every culture in language, geography a thousand years ago, 5,000 years ago, 50 years ago --all over the world, marriage between a man and a woman has been almost the exclusive norm for society and for raising children," the attorney cites.
So he reasons that to suddenly say that Christians are bigots "is silly."
The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on whether to redefine marriage next month.