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the Respect for Marriage Act, which now will be considered in the Senate.
The Respect for Marriage Act would codify into federal law the legality of same-sex marriage.
This is in reaction to a note by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in his concurrent opinion in the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting that the Obergefell decision, in which the court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, should be readdressed.
Why is this called the Respect for Marriage Act and not called the Redefine Marriage Act?
It’s simply more of the Washington word-game culture, which we now see in government spending and taxing suddenly being about reducing inflation, and consecutive quarters of economic contraction not necessarily being about recession.
To call this legislation the Redefine Marriage Act would be honest, something simply unheard of in Washington.
It is important for same-sex marriage advocates to call this the Respect for Marriage Act, because this suggests that, for those few thousand years in which no one questioned that marriage is between a man and woman, we disrespected marriage.
Now, in our new enlightened age, we understand the truth that marriage includes vows between individuals of the same sex, and thus we now respect this sacred institution.
A recent New York Times poll indicated just 13% of Americans are happy with how things are going in our country.
It’s not such a great surprise. Why are Americans so dissatisfied?
Billy Joel had a hit song years ago called “Honesty.”
“Honesty is such a lonely word / Everyone is so untrue / Honesty is hardly ever heard / And mostly what I need from you.”
As we move into elections during these chaotic times, we might recall the words of one of the nation’s founders, Thomas Paine, who observed, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.”
Those who aspire for political office and power might consider that many among the 87% who are not happy with our country today and where they see it headed, know that truths exist — truths upon which a great nation was built — and despair how they have disappeared in our public life.
Leaders who have the courage to be honest, despite how challenging this can be now, will wake up a lot of souls in our nation who recall and long for better days.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators. com. COPYRIGHT 2022 CREATORS. COM
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