The adage “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind for this installment of Marriage Month in Review, our monthly look back at the events and people who shaped the outlook for marriage and family in America.
First the April showers. On April 3, a Category 5 judicial hurricane devastated Iowa citizens when a handful of State Supreme Court justices imposed unnatural marriage law upon the people against their will, striking down the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and denying Iowans the right to determine their own laws. The move set the people of Iowa scrambling to correct the judicial overreach, and citizen groups affirmed they will reinstate traditional marriage via a constitutional amendment as early as 2011.
But if April gave citizens reason to worry over the fate of families stripped of vital legal protections, May offered Americans a slew of reasons to cheer. A review of the month’s top headlines reveals that the national marriage movement picked up steam and confirmed a state-by-state roadmap to rebuilding marriage after decades of legal and cultural deterioration.
Here’s a look at headlines that made an impact on marriage this past month:
- Calif. Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban – this pivotal May 26 ruling upheld the constitutional protection of marriage and reaffirmed the right of Californians to set their own laws by democratic processes.
- Gallup Poll: Opposition to Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Increasing – an uptrending 57 percent of Americans want a ban on gay marriage, and most states favor traditional marriage by a two-to-one margin; few states like Massachusetts and Vermont have any hope of maintaining their radical new definition of “marriage” as a mere state sponsored temporal cohabitation between two or more individuals.
- Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire – the NH legislature hit a bump on the road to redefining marriage. The House’s narrow 188 to 186 vote temporarily prevented gay marriage and made the bill’s survival less certain.
- Carrie Prejean Keeps Miss California 2009 Title and is Hailed as Queen Esther – ’nuff said.
- Obama, Miss California, and Trump Unite in Opposition to Same Sex Marriage – as we know, whatever President Obama says is settled law. Traditional marriage stands.
- Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling – celebs still don’t overrule a majority vote in a democracy.
Stay tuned for June’s Marriage Month in Review.