This is it… at this time tomorrow (Tuesday), our Prop 8 Legal Defense Team will be standing before the nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States in the final legal test for traditional marriage.
To prepare for this pivotal and historic moment, we have assembled the best legal minds available to put forth the best arguments possible—backed by the faithful support and financial assistance of tens of thousands of committed friends like you.
In our final preparations, last week we filed the final, closing brief on the merits of this case. In it, we summed up the competing visions of marriage that separate us from the advocates of “same-sex” marriage:
“At the heart of this case are two competing conceptions of marriage.
The traditional conception—which has prevailed throughout recorded
history in virtually all societies—holds that marriage is by its nature a
gendered institution. Its central purpose—its raison d’être—is to channel
potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring, stable unions
for the sake of responsibly producing and raising the next generation. …
“Plaintiffs deny this historical account, deriding both the gendered
definition and the intrinsically procreative purpose of marriage as
“newly constructed” and “litigation-inspired.” Pl.Br.2, 21. They offer
a genderless conception of marriage that is essentially unconcerned
with procreation: marriage is designed, they say, to recognize and
promote the “liberty, privacy, association, … commitment,” and “love”
of adult couples. …
“The truth is that Plaintiffs’ genderless, adult-centered understanding
of marriage is a recent academic invention; its pedigree originates with
the modern movement to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.
And because it deliberately severs the abiding connection between marriage
and the unique procreative potential of male-female unions, Plaintiffs’
conception of marriage can offer no explanation whatever for why the
institution is a ubiquitous, cross-cultural feature of the human experience,
nor why it is, as this Court has consistently emphasized, “fundamental to
our very existence and survival.”
Read more of our final, closing brief in support of Proposition 8 HERE.
So Tuesday’s hearing before the highest court in the land is the last line of defense against our opponents’ drive to judicially, and permanently, impose a redefinition of marriage for generations to come. Stay tuned here for updates in this monumental, years-long battle to protect traditional marriage.