Urgent Grassroots Action Alert!
Texas faces federal judicial activism: Resist or Conform?
Our liberties and our state constitution are at stake.
Dr. Thomas Sowell has it right: “To get their way, the elites must erode or dismantle the Constitution, bit by bit, in one way or another. What that means is that they must dismantle America.
When any branch of government can exercise powers not authorized by either statutes or the Constitution, “we the people” are no longer free citizens but subjects, and our “public servants” are really our public masters. And America is no longer America. The freedom for which whole generations of Americans have fought and died is gradually but increasingly being taken away from us with smooth and slippery words.”
Issues surrounding the SCOTUS ruling on marriage and its impact on Texas:
1) Left unchecked, this sets yet another precedence of federal judicial activism and tyranny. This ruling was clearly “legislating from the bench,” resulting in the usurpation of state law and the trampling of the will of the people as expressed by voters in November 2005, when 76% of Texas voters approved a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A majority of voters in only one of the state’s 254 counties opposed the measure (60 % of the voters in Travis County, home to the capital, opposed the amendment).
The Supreme Court took for itself powers not given to the federal government, violating the 9th and 10th amendments to the US Constitution. Nothing in the US Constitution requires or authorizes the redefinition of marriage by the federal government. The Constitution of the United States says that the federal government has only those powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution—and that all other powers belong either to the states or to the people themselves.
2) Left unchecked, the federal government will once again commandeer state assets (assets belonging to the people of Texas). Unless our state leaders resist this federal overreach, Texas will be forced to issue benefits to same sex “spouses,” which is illegal, based on our state laws.
3) Left unchecked, this ruling sets the stage for the demise of religious liberty, which resides in the First Amendment. We must work to protect the freedom of speech, the freedom of association, and the freedom of religion for those who continue to abide by the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The right not to violate one’s own conscience is a fundamental right of the First Amendment (conscientious objection).
4) We must NOT take Texas out of the definition of marriage. Why? 1) The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Ryan T. Anderson says, “Marriage isn’t just a private affair; marriage is a matter of public policy because marriage (as handed down through generations and based on the biblical definition) is society’s best way to ensure the well-being of children. State recognition of traditional marriage acts as a powerful social norm that encourages men and women to commit to each other so they will take responsibility for any children that follow.” 2) Marriage is woven throughout family law (including adoptions), probate law, and throughout the tax code. The call from some to “take marriage out of the government’s hands” is a simplistic approach to a very complicated issue. While there is no doubt “marriage” is defined by God – and not government – it was long ago that government got involved in marriage in ways it is not easily extracted. Since SCOTUS has wrongly ruled on a matter that clearly was left to the states, Texas needs to fight it – not throw in the towel.
5) Texas has several marriage cases in the judicial pipeline. The Fifth Circuit is pressing the Attorney General for an answer regarding these cases after the SCOTUS ruling. Should Texas give up? NO!
If there was ever a time to fight judicial activism to stop an overreaching federal behemoth on the march against individual and states’ rights, it is now. Texas needs to lead. The nation is watching to see if Texas folds. We must not!
Please act today! Time is of the essence.
Our Texas state officials need to hear from “We the People” now!
Tell them to resist this judicial activism and protect our religious liberty!
Call both these numbers to let Governor Greg Abbott’s staff know that you support a special session to protect religious liberty. (512) 463-1782 and (512) 463-2000
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – tell his staff you want him to fight for Texas and defend our religious liberty by using his “bully pulpit” to support a special session. (512) 463-5342 & (512) 463-0001
Attorney General Ken Paxton – tell his staff you want our Chief Law Enforcement Officer to resist federal tyranny and fight for our religious liberty! (512) 463-2100
House Speaker Joe Straus – leave a message asking him to use his position as House Speaker to support a special session to protect Texas from federal meddling in a settled state matter – the definition of marriage. Austin office: (512) 463-1000; San Antonio office: (210) 828-4411
Go to http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ to find your state representative and state senator. Call them and ask them to resist federal trampling of the Texas Constitution and to fight for religious liberty! They need to hear from YOU!