Defense of Marriage Act is declared unconstitutional

Posted on October 19, 2012 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 was signed by President Clinton and became law. The problem with this bill was that it made the institution of marriage, the definition of marriage, and who is eligible for marriage subject to the rule of man-made law. If a law is man-made it can be changed. So, we should not be surprised that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This ruling was made because marriage was defined as a union between a man and a woman.

This is what happens when institutions created by God are apparently made subject to the will of man.  There is a certain irony in saying that marriage restricted to a union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The original framers would have been horrified to think that the government would presume to claim such power for itself. But we live in a time where the will of man is supreme and any thought of the rule of God is deemed to be antiquated and archaic.

The solution to this dilemma lies not at the ballot box, but in the church. The church must begin again to act as salt and light. Join with me in praying that the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ would transform the church so that we become what God has called us to be.

 

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.