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Vote "Yes" on the Tennessee Marriage Amendment

Pastors and churches are making a difference in marriage initiatives and political campaigns. Gearing up for midterm elections, with primary races set to begin next week, pastors and churches are mobilizing for the fall elections. Pastors should openly support the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment.

While churches may not endorse or oppose candidates for elective office, they may register voters by setting up voter registration booths or by distributing motor-voter registration forms. They may conduct "get out the vote" campaigns to encourage voting for the Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment ...

Tennessee Marriage Amendment

The Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution. It specifies that only a marriage between a man and a woman can be legally recognized in the state of Tennessee. This would effectively prohibit same-sex marriages within the state. The amendment is scheduled to appear on the November 2006 ballot.[1]

As of September 2006, nineteen other U.S. states have passed defense of marriage amendments. The Tennessee amendment is expected to pass by a large margin. According to a Mason-Dixon poll, seventy-six percent of Tennessee voters support the amendment.[2]

The text of the amendment states:

The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state. Any policy or law or judicial interpretation, purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee. If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.

Tennessee's Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment


The institution of marriage--that is the union of one man and one woman-- has proven throughout human history to be the surest foundation for civil society and families. Thus, marriage must be protected in the law from counterfeits and devolutions in definition and in practice. The institution of marriage is neither purely religious, purely private, nor purely civil; rather, it is a natural institution, rooted in the order of nature itself. What must be upheld against attack are the privileges and benefits of marriage as have customarily and wisely been bestowed upon the institution by the favor of God, government and mankind.

Therefore, it seems both prudent and necessary to be reminded, through education and advocacy, of the compelling public interest served by marriage. Accordingly, RealMarriage.org is dedicated to the defense of marriage against any variations, experimentations, replacements, or deconstructions, thereby protecting our culture from undemonstrated and unknown social consequences, which plainly run counter to the stability, safety, and developmental health provided by the ideal of real marriage.

Go to www.RealMarriage.org to sign up for the latest information on the proposed amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman expected to be on the ballot in November.

YOU are needed to help spread the word to encourage people to vote YES on the marriage amendment. County and Church Coordinators are needed for grassroots activities. If you are interested, please me know at Bpatray@aol.com.

Below are excerpts and links to some very helpful resource material that will assist the reader in understanding what is at stake.


1. Marriage is a personal union, intended for the whole of life, of husband and wife. Marriage differs from other valued personal relationships in conveying a full union of husband and wife- including a sexual, emotional, financial, legal, spiritual, and parental union. Marriage is not the ratification of an existing relation; it is the beginning of a new relationship between a man and woman, who pledge their sexual fidelity to one another, promise loving mutual care and support, and form a family that welcomes and nurtures the children that may spring from their union. This understanding of marriage has predominated in Europe and America for most of the past two thousand years. It springs from the biological, psychological, and social complementarity of the male and female sexes: Women typically bring to marriage important gifts and perspectives that men typically do not bring, just as men bring their own special gifts and perspectives that women typically cannot provide in the same way. This covenant of mutual dependence and obligation, solemnized by a legal oath, is strengthened by the pledge of permanence that husband and wife offer to one another-always to remain, never to flee, even and especially in the most difficult times.

From: Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles, Princeton, New Jersey, May, 2006 http://www.tneagleforum.org/marriage.cfm

Tennessee marriage amendment needs your help


September 8, 2006 - Friday

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The Family Action Council of Tennessee and its 501c4 arm, Family Action of Tennessee, are conducting a campaign to pass a marriage amendment to the Tennessee Constitution. The website, www.RealMarriage.org is being utilized to conduct grassroots activism and public media to educate voters regarding the marriage amendment.

The grassroots strategy is to establish a network of churches in all 95 counties that will distribute educational information regarding marriage and conduct voter registration efforts wherever possible. Presently, this effort is focused on the 50 most populous counties in which 87 percent of the state's population resides. This effort is led by a state grassroots coordinator and three other grassroots coordinators in each geographical division of the state.

The media campaign is focused on women, seniors, and people in middle Tennessee, the demographic groups most affected by the deceptive messages of the amendment's proponents. Targeted radio, print and cable television will be used primarily to educate and quiet these groups.
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The greatest need is for people who will serve as contacts for their home church and for county coordinators to help coordinate activities in each county and help train church contacts to do voter registration. Additionally, there is also a need for people to volunteer to call churches and encourage their participation. Also there is a need for individuals who can assist with constituent communications and requests for information. See more details about the Tennessee governor candidates visit: Tennessee Governor CandidatesTennessee Conservative Candidates

Those interested should contact David Fowler, President of Family Action Council of Tennessee, at info@factn.org. http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=AL06I06

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The Family Research Institute of Wisconsin (FRI-WI) was founded in 1986 to forward Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin and to serve as an information source for the general public, churches and policymakers of our state. Our perspective is drawn from the wisdom of Scripture and reflects what we believe to be the intent of the Creator. Through these efforts, our hope is that more and more citizens of Wisconsin will become salt and light in their communities and in this state and will join with us in preserving and strengthening marriage and family, life and liberty by making a difference in our culture and our government. Get the truth out by bumber stickers or bumper stickers.

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Biblical Verses on Gay Marriage

Leviticus 20:13

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Deuteronomy 23:17-18

There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Matthew 5:17-22
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Obey marriage in Tennessee.

Tennessee Marriage Amendment bring you these Bible verses

Deuteronomy 21

13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.
15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:





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