Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:
I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.
II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.
The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.
Traditional Marriage - One Woman and One Man or Polygamy, Polyamory and Homosexual Marriage?The Defense of Marriage Amendment protecting traditional marriage is in the hands of Indiana Legislators now...
By Patrick Mangan
All eyes will soon be on Indiana Speaker of the House Pat Bauer (D) of South Bend regarding the Defense of Marriage Amendment in Indiana. A couple of years ago when he was Speaker for the first time he single-handedly blocked the proposed legislation which would define marriage as between one man and one woman from even getting a vote. Because of his delay tactics the earliest that Indiana citizens will get to vote on the Amendment is 2008.
That's because under Indiana law two different legislatures must approve a proposed Amendment to the Indiana Constitution in exactly the same form before it can go to the citizens for a vote. That is why it is so crucial that no changes or amendments are made to the proposed amendment. The Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has already addressed questions raised and recommended it for passage as is.
Back in 2004, those who disagreed with Bauer's capricious actions brought the work of the Indiana House to a halt in protest 4 times. Voters were shocked at Bauer's position including many of his long time supporters and the Democrats lost control of the House. In 2005 under Brian Bosma's leadership the measure was passed with a bipartisan majority of 76 to 23 in favor of protecting traditional marriage. Since that time we have seen national efforts to legitimize homosexual marriage, polygamy and yes even polyamory (group marriage).
Bauer was publicly criticized during the last election by challenger Kevin Mitschelen for his controversial role in opposing constitutional protection for traditional marriage and subsequently pledged during the last campaign that he would in fact allow a vote on the measure if he became the Speaker again. Profamily citizens intend to hold Mr. Bauer to his word. Whether Democrats or Republicans hold the gavel, Hoosier families expect the Indiana Constitution to be amended to define marriage as 'one man and one woman' and to reject all other substitute forms of marriage such as civil unions.
Seeing the unmitigated attack on Marriage as an institution, scholars from across America were gathered in Princeton, New Jersey in December of 2004 by The Witherspoon Institute an independent research center to consider the value of marriage as an institution of society. These scholars from were from various disciplines including History, Economics, Psychiatry, Law, Sociology and Philosophy. Their collaboration resulted in a brief but profound document entitled "Marriage and the Public Good - Ten Principles".
The document has come to be known simply as The Princeton Principles and is available at www.princetonprinciples.org.
Three professors from the University of Notre Dame were among the prestigious authors of the document: Gerard Bradley, J.D., Professor of Law , Notre Dame Law School; Alfred J. Freddoso, Ph.D., the John and Jean Osterle Professor of Thomistic Studies, University of Notre Dame; and Ralph Mcinerny, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies , University of Notre Dame.
Scholars from the University of Virginia, Harvard, Amherst, Penn State, Oxford, NYU, University of Chicago, Boston College, Pepperdine, LSU, Georgetown, Princeton and Cornell to name a few were also among the signors of the document. Their conclusions are both compelling and enlightening.
Among their conclusions are the following:
That law and public policy will either reinforce and support marriage or undermine it. And that a marriage culture cannot flourish in a society whose primary institutions - universities, courts, legislatures, religions -not only fail to defend marriage but actually undermine it both conceptually and in practice.
Many Hoosier families agree with these noted scholars and hope you will consider their thoughts as sexual activists continue their relentless attack on the institution of marriage and the traditional family.
Let's all work together whether Democrats, Republicans, or Independents to keep Traditional Marriage protected in the Heartland of the Nation. We should continue to educate all concerned about the value of traditional Marriage in our democratic society. Let's also reach out to all of those who have experienced a broken home to help them find both healing and hope for the future.
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