Groups File Amicus Briefs Supporting DOMA
Multiple groups have filed Supreme Court briefs in support of the Defense of Marriage Act:
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty filed a brief co-signed by 21 endorsers representing more than 2,500 US military chaplains. The CARL brief accurately notes US troops in general — not just chaplains — will be affected by the “burden on religious liberty” should the military recognize homosexual “marriage.” CARL had a fairly blunt summary:
the military has no tolerance for racists, so service members who are openly racist are not service members for long. And if the traditional religious views on marriage and family become the constitutional equivalent of racism, the many service members whose traditional religious beliefs shape their lives will be forced out of the military.
The brief also notes the obvious conflict with Strong Bonds and other military marriage enrichment seminars, which are run and attended by those with traditional views on marriage — something that could forcibly change should DOMA be ruled “unconstitutional.”
A brief on behalf of the Manhattan Declaration notes the
the studies showing that children raised in homosexual or lesbian homes do suffer. Another issue is that homosexuals refer to Christians who oppose homosexuality and homosexual “marriage” as “bigots” and “hate mongers.”
The Mormon Church (LDS) wrote two briefs, noting Proposition 8 in California was legally passed and that the traditional definition of marriage “is not only constitutional but essential to the welfare of families, children, and society.”
Other religious organizations that have filed briefs in the two high-profile cases in favor of DOMA and Prop 8. include the Family Research Council, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Contrary to some claims in the media, it seems a significant portion of the American population still holds value in the view that marriage should be between one man and one woman.