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Marriage California-style 'a sure recipe for cultural chaos'
by Michael F. Haverluck
California is going beyond being one of the 19 states currently allowing same-sex "marriage" by revolutionizing the sacred institution even further with Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) signing of Senate Bill 1306, which eradicates from state laws references to "husband and wife."
Progressive media outlets are heralding this change as necessary and overdo.
"California's same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill [last] Monday eliminating outdated 'husband and wife' references from state laws," Huffington Post reported. "Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law."
Here's what nationally syndicated columnist and Line of Fire host Dr. Michael L. Brown has to say about the Post's interpretation of the law's passage, which he views as just another case of California staying true to "its reputation of pioneering social madness."
"Seriously? Referring to 'spouse and spouse' rather than 'husband and wife' is a way 'to eliminate confusion'?" Brown asks in his Townhall column. "And the terms of 'husband and wife' are 'discriminatory'?"
Brown also had a few things to say to the decision makers of the Golden State.
"Note to California: A woman cannot be a father and a man cannot be a mother," Brown asserts. "Further note to California: The terms 'husband and wife' are neither discriminatory nor outdated. Further, further note to California: Your social experiment will fail."
Another pro-family leader is also very outspoken about the implications and timing of SB 1306 in his home state of California.
"To do this in an election year is brazen defiance of the voters and cold-hearted indifference to the needs of children," said SaveCalifornia.com president Randy Thomasson. "Jerry Brown's signature and the Democrat-controlled Legislature's approval of SB 1306 clearly shows who's for, against, or ambivalent about marriage being naturally for one man and one woman, and children doing best with a married father and mother under the same roof."
Thomasson maintains that all of the legal maneuverings to change marriage will not change what children fundamentally need.
"Despite judges, politicians, laws, or polls, real marriage is, has been, and always will be between a man and a woman, which, without a doubt, is the best environment to raise children, " Thomasson proclaimed, noting that 74 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted yes on SB 1306. "A republic is a government based on a written constitution and written laws, not upon the biases of judges or politicians."
The Sacramento-based pro-family values activist goes even further to argue that such legislation in his state undermines America's democratic system of government.
"This latest bad law is more evidence that California is no longer a republic," Thomasson concludes.
But Brown indicates that California is merely riding the latest wave of rebranding marriage pushed out by progressive politics sweeping across the globe.
"In Ontario, Canada, as a result of the legalization of same-sex marriage, all references to terms like 'husband,' 'wife,' and 'widow' were removed from the law books in 2005," Brown shared from his book A Queer Thing Happened to America. "In Spain, birth certificates were changed from 'Father' and 'Mother' to 'Progenitor A' and 'Progenitor B.'"
He also notes that several years ago, the federal government broke the same ground that California is currently plowing.
"Back in America, on January 7, 2011, the State Department announced that 'The words mother and father will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology,' further explaining that, 'These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child's parents and in recognition of different types of families,'" Brown recalls.
Seeing these changes as anything but improvements, Brown points out a similar modification California legislators recently made to its law books … one he says they would also consider to be an "improvement."
"According to a bill passed in the Assembly May 2014 (and by a vote of 51-13, at that; it is AB 1951), a woman could be designated as the 'father' on birth certificates while a man could be designated as 'mother,'" Brown notes. "What was the reason for such an insane piece of legislation? It was done to 'modernize' the 'definition of the family to reflect same-sex unions,' also removing 'discriminatory' language."
Great Britain is also no stranger when it comes to blurring the terminology of the sexes.
"In an equally absurd ruling in England last year, the Daily Telegraph reported that, 'The word husband will in [the] future be applied to women and the word wife will refer to men, the Government has decided," Brown shared. "According to John Bingham, 'Civil servants have overruled the Oxford English Dictionary and hundreds [of] years of common usage – effectively abolishing the traditional meaning of the words for spouses.'"
Brown goes on to clarify the confusion.
"In the government's proposed guidelines, 'husband' here will include a man or a woman in a same-sex marriage, as well as a man married to a woman. In a similar way, 'wife' will include a woman married to another woman or a man married to a man,'" Brown adds.
He says that regardless of how committed homosexuals may be to their partners and children, the unnatural dynamic of their relationship can never produce the ideal natural environment God intended for marriage.
"I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who love each other deeply and who are committed to each other long-term, and I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who are absolutely devoted to their children," Brown explains. "I am simply pointing out that their union cannot rightly be called 'marriage' (regardless of what the courts might say) without rendering foundational words and concepts meaningless, a sure recipe for cultural chaos."
Brown makes his overarching point clear and concise.
"To repeat: The implications of redefining marriage are staggering, and those of us who love and cherish marriage and family need to redouble our efforts and renew our courage to stand up for what is right and what is best, making a fresh determination to swim against the current flood tide of semantic and social confusion," Brown declares. "True marriage and family will prevail in the end."
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