It's almost unimaginable that a single, coherent, and reasonably mature individual in the country, could possibly be unaware that MARRIAGE has made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and from this point going forward, what can no longer be ignored by anyone is this: marriage in America is changing and if you've got something to say about it, and you've been holding out for whatever reason, now would be the time to say it... 

or forever hold your peace!

Well, not really, but now is a very critical time in the scheme of things, if up to this point you've tended to be one, who in order to avoid conflict on your Facebook wall, or wherever, rarely post anything other than pictures of cats kids, YouTube videos, or nice memes of some sort (I know, the cat remark was below the belt) --  to perhaps consider coming "out of the closet" for traditional marriage by being so bold as to posting something, anything, that says that you are, and do indeed...

And if you're really feeling crazy... like out of control CRAZY, why you could even go so far as to say something as bold as... like... you believe that every child has a natural birthright to both a mother and a father

Okay, one more... You could use the word... are you ready? Entitled! Don't you just love that word? I love that word! I love it because it's the most truest use of the word EVER! Children are inherently entitled to be raised by both a mother and a father. It is the truest truth in all the world.

What you should know?

Next week, March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two separate cases challenging the constitutionality of existing laws: the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and  California's Proposition 8

What do we want to have happen? 

Court should uphold both laws and honor citizens authority to make constitutional changes at state level -- respecting the votes of over 7 million Californians. 

YES, even though you don't live in California -- what happens as a result of both of these cases will more than likely affect YOU!

Did you know the Church still affirms their support for Prop 8? 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined other faith-based religious organizations in filing an amicus brief in support of Proposition 8 recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold it. 

I was so happy about that, so I blogged about it, -- so you know you're in good company when you continue to stand with the Church on traditional marriage. 

See post here: Prop 8: Many Surprised to See LDS Church Stand and Re-Affirm Position

There have been over 50 amicus briefs filed in support of Prop 8 and Doma, compiled by over 50 scholars with extensive research on the topic of marriage and family. Regardless of what mainstream media would have you believe, 41 states still maintain that marriage is defined as only between a man and a woman. Research strongly supports that biological married moms and dads matter to children and contribute greatly to their emotional health and well being.

Marriage Matters and We Need to Know Why:

It almost seems surreal to find ourselves needing to explain what marriage is and why it's important to preserve, but that's exactly where we are, so let's not be shy in defending what we know is right. Which means, those who care about marriage, have had to dig deep into the science and history of marriage, in order to analyze and articulate WHAT IS MARRIAGE? 

At its core, those of us engaged, know exactly what marriage is and as you look at it from the scholars' perspective, as "What is Marriage? Man and Woman: a Defense" by authors' Girgis, Anderson and George, who do so brilliantly, it's really a beautiful revelation to see unfolded in this manner, and a great exercise to undertake. 

In case you missed it, I introduced the book, "What is Marriage?" last week and again, highly recommend becoming familiar with it, or at the very least the general information in the post, and the included links. The authors of the book have been very generous with the content, in hopes of getting the information out to the public. They are, first and foremost, great advocates of preserving traditional marriage and booksellers last.

I know many are inclined to feel that they've either heard and/or are familiar with the main talking points of the current debate over marriage, and some perhaps even believe that the conversation is over -- enough having been said by everyone. However, I'm here to challenge that and assure you that such thinking is incorrect and encourage you to followup and investigate "What is Marriage?". I promise that the way the authors have articulated the information about what marriage is, will help you to better help others understand the importance of preserving marriage and give you a better appreciation for the institution that God has ordained.

See post here: Let's Talk About What is Marriage? And Why That's Important?

Sidebar: If I'm starting to sound like an infomercial, well, so be it...  this is that important. And yes, I know, the title of this post is a tad dramatic as well. You don't need to mention it in your comment. ; )

Okay, so what's happening?

An exciting event happening in Washington D.C. Tuesday, March 26th is the March for Marriage. I wish with all my heart that I could be there! I have such a yearning to stand up for marriage and be counted among others who feel the same as I do, but isn't it exciting just to know this is happening? 

On March 26th the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Perry case, which will determine if Proposition 8 – the citizens initiative approved by the people of California in 2008 to protect marriage – is constitutional or not. More importantly, the question of same-sex “marriage” and the right of Americans to protect marriage will be decided. We believe it is imperative that political leaders, the media, and the culture see that we care about protecting marriage enough to stand up and march for it.

I did just find out about a marriage rally for those of you who live in Utah, and really hope that for those who live anywhere in the vicinity, you will make an effort to get this information out and try to attend. 

In the state of Utah we have chosen to hold a "Celebration of Marriage" at the Utah State Capitol. This will be an exciting community event, with Alan and Suzanne Osmond as the MC's, musical performances by Nathan Osmond and various Utah community groups, and speakers from several different religious faiths, members of the Utah State Legislature, and from the community. 

DATE: Tuesday March 26, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Utah State Capitol Rotunda
COST: This community event is free and open to the public--bring your family!
Chairperson: Mary Summerhays (801) 787-2697

Final thoughts:

I made a comment on my WBMW Facebook page today, in reply to one of my wonderful community members, where I shared a little wish that I've decided to re-share here with you, as we were discussing the need to continue standing for what is right: 

I keep dreaming that something will wake-up the people and they will start standing up and speaking loudly what is in their hearts, without fear of what others think of them. In the next week, before Prop 8 and DOMA go before the U.S. Supreme Court, America has just such an opportunity to be heard. Let us pray that more gather courage...

Kathryn Skaggs

P.S. For those who may have forgotten, or may not know because you are new followers of this blog, but how I sign-off using the acronym"tDMg"... it stands for: to DO MORE good. I just wanted to make sure that you know that in every post I write, it is with that intention that I do so.

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