Dads, moms and marriage hanging in the balance


This last weekend, we along with many of you celebrated Father’s Day. It was a great opportunity to reflect upon all the good that has come from our fathers, father-figures, and our nation’s forefathers.

We are now just days away-perhaps mere hours away-from two of the most significant Supreme Court decisions in years.  By the end of the month, we expect to get major decisions from the High Court on both Prop. 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  These two lawsuits represent two of the greatest attacks on fatherhood-as well as motherhood-that we have seen in our lifetimes.  Beyond all the hype of so-called “marriage equality,” the court imposed redefinition of marriage would create a sea change in public policy that insists fathers and mothers are interchangeable and irrelevant.  Already, in response to the never-ending demand for acceptance by homosexual activists, some schools no longer talk about Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, and some states are eliminating the words “father” and “mother” from birth certificates in favor of “parent 1, and parent 2.”

We believe dads and moms are still crucial to healthy families.  That’s why we have been fighting for years to defend the traditional definition of marriage.  Not only was PJI part of the ProtectMarriage coalition that vaulted Prop. 8 to voter approval in 2008, but we began years earlier by advocating for Prop. 22, the predecessor of Prop. 8.  Through our campaign to hold the Federal Department of Justice accountable for its egregious violations of basic attorney-client loyalty in its betrayal of DOMA (see we are using every tool in our legal toolbox to restore the rule of law that is being threatened by these cases.

As we remember the importance of dads-and look ahead to these crucial decisions-I hope you will join me in saying a prayer for our nation and our families.  Thank you for your faithful support as we engage these crucial battles in the courts and on our knees.

Running the race,

Brad Dacus
President, Pacific Justice Institute

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