CMA Physicians: Supreme Court Marriage Decision Impacts Children, First Amendment Freedoms
Subject: CMA Physicians: Supreme Court Marriage Decision Impacts Children, First Amendment Freedoms
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:34:04 -0400 (EDT)
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CMA Physicians: Supreme Court Marriage Decision Impacts Children, First Amendment Freedoms WASHINGTON,June 26, 2013/Standard
The Christian Medical Association, the nation's largest
faith-based association of doctors today issued the following statement
on the Supreme Court's decisions regarding marriage:
CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens noted, "The Supreme Court failed to recognize
that 'We the people' should decide marriage policy. Activist judges with
an agenda have been foisting their views on the people -- based not on
the original Constitution or the duly registered will of the people --
but on what these judges imagine their progressive society should look
like. Yet 38 states have affirmed that marriage is between a man and a
woman. Regardless of this Court's decision, the debate on marriage will
"Regardless of the shifting opinions of judges, 'We the people'
recognize that certain truths about marriage remain self-evident. Simple
biology and observation shows us that marriage is based upon the
biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and upon
the reality that children need a mother and a father in a stable
marriage. Same-sex "marriage" undermines the need of children to
understand gender and to benefit from the unique contributions of a man
and of a woman to a child's development.
"We as physicians have long recognized that the most important function
of marriage is to protect the needs of children--not simply to fulfill
the emotional desires of adults.
"The best research shows that children consistently experience the most
positive outcomes with a Mom and a Dad and too often experience negative
outcomes in same-sex households. When some research has attempted to
convince us otherwise, rigorous examination of those studies has
uncovered fatal research flaws, most likely the result of
presuppositions and political agendas that undermined objectivity.
"Some activists, both in the courts and in public policy, appear intent
on forcing people of faith to bow to a new and radical viewpoint that
ignores our faith convictions and the testimony of millennia regarding
marriage. Such pressure inevitably threatens religious freedom, as
same-sex relationship advocates insist that conformity to their ideology
trumps First Amendment speech, religious liberty and conscience
"For millennia, governments have recognized marriage because the
institution uniquely benefits society. Parents teach children to be good
citizens, and intact traditional families remain one of the best
predictors of positive social indicators and outcomes. When government
recognizes marriage, it protects children by encouraging men and women
to commit to each other and to take responsibility for the care and
well-being their children. When a government disregards these benefits
and attempts to redefine marriage as rooted in anything other than the
union of one man and one woman, anyone can assert any relationship as
marriage, no matter how bizarre.
"We will continue to advocate for marriage and the children protected by marriage."