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Redefining Marriage

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The Supreme Court is poised to redefine marriage and force Christians to serve same-sex marriage ceremonies even if they have moral objections. Is this what Americans want? A recent survey clearly shows that is not what registered voters want.

The WPA Opinion Research found that a majority (53%) agreed with this statement: “I believe marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” I took the time to look at the demography breakdown of the poll and was surprised to find that a majority of all men and older women, and a majority of whites and African Americans also agreed with the statement.

An even larger majority (61%) agreed that: “States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn’t force all 50 states to redefine marriage.” A majority of all demographic groups (with the exception of non-church attenders) agreed with this statement.

The poll also asked these registered voters if they agreed or disagreed with this statement: “Government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses.” More than eight in ten (81%) agreed with this statement. Each and every demographic group agreed with this statement with an overwhelming majority.

Remember these results as the Supreme Court listens to oral arguments about same-sex marriage and delivers their decision in June. Americans reject the idea that marriage should be redefined. An even larger majority believes that states and their citizens should be free to define marriage as they see fit. And an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that government should leave people alone and allow them to follow their own beliefs about marriage.

Nevertheless a few members of the Supreme Court seem ready to redefine marriage and force Americans to accept it against their will. If five of these justices do so, by June, America will be a very different country.