CCV Calls for Four Days of Prayer for Marriage
Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values, a Cincinnati-based organization dedicated to traditional moral issues, has asked all members and “Bible-believing churches” in four states to pray for marriage in the days leading up to the Aug. 6th oral arguments on the constitutionality of four state laws defining marriage.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit announced earlier this month that it would hear cases for the four states in its jurisdiction (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan) at the same time, at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Cincinnati.
“As marriage goes before the Federal 6th Circuit Court, we see this as a time and season to devote to prayer for marriage,” says the CCV announcement of its call for “Four Days of Prayer for Marriage” from Sunday, August 3rd to the court date.
Originally founded by a by a group of Protestant pastors to fight pornography, CCV has expanded its mission to include other issues consistent with its members’ Judeo-Christian values, especially issues pertaining to family, children, and marriage. Like many other Protestant churches and groups, CCV emphasizes the Biblical reasons for upholding the definition of marriage.
The Catholic Church tends to use arguments from natural law, a philosophy that preceded the New Testament and was adopted by many of the Church’s greatest thinkers who saw it as proof that nature reveals created order. Both Biblical and natural law arguments point to the same conclusion that marriage is foundational to humanity and pre-dates government, that its definition is a lifelong union between a man and a woman, and that government is meant to regulate marriage (making civil rules about age of consent, conditions for a valid marriage, etc.) but is not capable of redefining it.
Cincinnati Right to Life is asking its supporters to pray and demonstrate in solidarity with CCV, and other Catholic and interfaith pro-life and pro-family groups are expected to do the same.
CCV is asking supporters to:
- set aside time for corporate prayer for marriage at their Sunday services
- devote individual prayer time from August 3-6 to the issue, including praying at 1 pm August 6, when arguments are scheduled to begin
- assemble on August 6 in front of the Courthouse from 12:30 – 2:30 pm to pray for the judges (Martha Craig Daughtrey, Jeffrey S. Sutton, and Deborah L. Cook) by name
“The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky,” say CCV organizers, “so Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values is partnering with The Family Foundation of Kentucky, Family Action Council of Tennessee, and the Michigan Family Forum for a time of prayer for marriage in all four states.”
According to reporter Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog, the four cases to be considered are:
Kentucky — a case involving recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, for couples living in the state. A 2004 ban on recognition was struck down by a federal judge in Louisville on February 12. (Argument fifteen minutes per side.)
Michigan — a case involving same-sex couples who wish to marry. A 2004 ban was struck down by a federal judge in Detroit on March 21. (Argument thirty minutes per side.)
Ohio — two consolidated cases involving recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, for couples living in the state. A 2004 ban was struck down by a federal judge in Cincinnati on April 14. (Argument thirty minutes per side.)
Tennessee — a case involving recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, for couples living in the state. A 2006 ban was struck down by a federal judge in Nashville on March 14. (Argument fifteen minutes per side.)
Denniston notes that cases involving “same-sex marriage” are pending in five federal appeals courts, and decisions are expected soon in the Fourth and Tenth Circuits. “Decisions in any of those cases apparently could come any day,” he says, “and one or both of them could reach the Supreme Court in a matter of month.”
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