SAN FRANCISCO â€”Liberty Counsel filed an Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Sevcik v. Sandoval asking the court to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
At issue in this case is whether the nation is going to continue to honor and respect the transcendent nature of marriage, which John Locke described as â€œthe First Society.â€
Marriage, the union of one man and one woman as defined in Nevadaâ€™s Constitution, is the institution upon which the structure of society is built. The brief argues that the court should not permit the foundation, and the orderly conduct of society, to crumble by overturning the definition of marriage.
â€œNatural marriage is not a political construct. It is neither liberal nor conservative. Natural marriage is part of the natural created order of men and women. Deconstructing the family into motherless or fatherless unions harms children. As a policy matter, same-sex â€˜marriageâ€™ says that children do not need fathers or mothersâ€”that a male and female mom and dad are irrelevant. Such a policy statement hurts families and especially children. Children fare best when raised with a mom and a dad,â€ said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Liberty Counselâ€™s brief states: â€œDefining marriage as the union of one man and one woman provides the optimal environment for raising children.â€
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