By Rachel Brody |
The Supreme Court should respect the constitutional authority of the American people to determine marriage policy by affirming the Defense of Marriage Act. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court imposed abortion by judicial fiat in the infamous Roe v. Wade and made things much worse, instead of allowing the American people to debate and come to a consensus on such an important issue. The same is true for marriage. If same-sex "marriage" supporters want to overturn DOMA, as the law is known, let them lobby their elected officials, and they can do so. But for nine unelected judges to decide the matter for the entire nation is contrary to the balance of power envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
The task for us is to continue explaining the reasons why defining marriage as between a man and a woman is the right public policy, as society's least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of children. To deny as a matter of policy the ideal that a child needs a mom and a dad places the desires of adults over the needs of children and rejects the latest and most comprehensive research continuing to confirm what social science has shown for decades: children do better when raised by a mother and father.
About Penny Nance President and CEO of Concerned Women for America
Chad Griffin President of the Human Rights Campaign
Stacey Long Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Chris Gacek Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council
John C. Eastman Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage