Jun 2, 2015

Marriage: A "State's Right" Under U.S. Constitution And "State" Constitutions

Common Sense Commentary: Here is the substance of what the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and most State Constitutions have to say about what marriage is and is not. RB

I. God's Holy Bible Records 
what "marriage" is and is not.

(a) Genesis records the first Marriage which God Himself  invented, commanded and performed...Gen.2:24   "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Jesus quoted this verse in Matt. 19;5 "...For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh."  The Apostle Paul quoted it in Eph.5:31 "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." 
First there is a "father" and a "mother" producing a son or a daughter who become a husband and a wife. In the Bible, the words "husband" and "wife", in both Hebrew and Greek, Old and New Testament, mean "man" and "woman".  For unions of  two men or two women read Romans chapter one.

(b) Marriage is commended many times in the Scriptures. One Example is
1 Cor.7:36   "But if any man think that he behaveth himself (unseemly) toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of herage, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry."

(c) Christ, the Bridegroom, and His Bride, the church, are God's model of what marriage should be.
Eph.5:24-25   "Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Rev.21:2   And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  Rev.21:9   And there came unto me one of the seven angels ... saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's (Christ's)  wife

II. The U.S. Constitution 
Plainly states that such things as marriage 
are within the power of the states and not 
the Federal Government

Bill Of Rights Amendment Ten

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791.[1] It expresses the principle of federalism, which undergirds the entire plan of the original Constitution, by stating that the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution. All remaining powers are reserved for the states or the people. In drafting this amendment, its framers had two purposes in mind: first, as a necessary rule of construction; and second, as a reaffirmation of the nature of the federal system.[2] Wikipedia

III. Texas Constitution 
The Bill Of Rights:

Article One, Bill Of Rights, Section 32 (a)(b)

Sec. 32. MARRIAGE. (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
Now, Americans, tell your political representatives, the president and the supreme court to leave marriage as God intended it, the Bible establishes it, the founding fathers preserved it and the states defend it. One man and one woman. RB

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