SPOTLIGHT: Is Marriage a Civil Right?

Written by David E. Smith

In this special edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, we are revisiting a timeless presentation regarding the definition of marriage. Today we’re broadcasting, for the first time, a keynote address that was given by Laurie Higgins, IFI’s Cultural Affairs writer, at Illinois Family Institute’s 2011 Marriage Symposium. While Mrs. Higgins’ speech was presented nearly seven years ago, her information and insights are as pertinent now as they were before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage.

Mrs. Higgins addresses the hesitancy and lack of knowledge that often keeps us from tackling difficult cultural issues and also provides valuable facts and talking points on the topics of same-sex marriage’s impact on society, family, and parenting; the belief that marriage is a civil right, and the indoctrination in public schools of homosexuality as normative behavior.

If you would like to read more from Mrs. Higgins, look for her articles on this page.

From the Manhattan Declaration:

In Scripture, the creation of man and woman, and their one-flesh union as husband and wife, is the crowning achievement of God’s creation. In the transmission of life and the nurturing of children, men and women joined as spouses are given the great honor of being partners with God Himself. Marriage then, is the first institution of human society – indeed it is the institution on which all other human institutions have their foundation. In the Christian tradition we refer to marriage as “holy matrimony” to signal the fact that it is an institution ordained by God, and blessed by Christ in his participation at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. In the Bible, God Himself blesses and holds marriage in the highest esteem. 

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