Friday Five: Caving on marriage, and more.

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1. NC VALUES: Urgent: Ask Senators Burr & Tillis to oppose the "Pathway to Polygamy" Bill

Sen. Tillis has intentionally ignored your petitions. Earlier this week, the Senator said regarding HR 8404:

“‘I’m prepared to support it, . . . I said that last week and some people had me down as a maybe, and I said, ‘What part of, ‘I’m going to support it,’ did they not get?’ Tillis’ decision to support the bill goes against the vote of every Republican member of North Carolina’s delegation in the U.S. House last week.“

Ironically, yesterday was also the same day we released a letter cosigned by NC Values and 80+ other organizations. In it, we request Senate Minority Leader McConnell reject HR 8404 and urge colleagues like Sen. Tillis to abandon the harmful and unnecessary legislation. If you would like to help out, would you consider taking a minute or two to contact Sen. Tillis and urge him to reverse course on the legislation?

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2. CBS17: Advocates for gay marriage law focus on NC senators

"Supporters already know they have one vote as North Carolina republican senator Thom Tillis said he is a yes. It was just ten years ago that the then Speaker of the North Carolina House backed a state bill banning gay marriage.

'He helped the bill get through and it’s in the party platform,' said Tami Fitzgerald with the NC Values Coalition.

North Carolina was the last state to pass such a law before the Supreme Court ruled that sort of ban unconstitutional.

'So, we would hope that Senator Tillis would support the voters in this state who have put their trust in him to support their values which includes marriage between a man and a woman,' Fitzgerald said.


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3. DAILY SIGNAL: Republicans Used to Defend Traditional Marriage. What's Changed?

“Twenty-four hours later, at least four Republicans have taken the bait, walking into a political trap that could very well eat into the margins the GOP needs in November. To no one’s surprise, liberal Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) are on board, as well as outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio). But the real bombshells started dropping Wednesday, when more conservatives seemed to be testing the waters on a radical issue that seven years ago they vehemently opposed. Names like Roy Blunt (Mo.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Thom Tillis (N.C.) started popping up in news stories as possible ‘yes’es.”

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4. AFA: Selling out on marriage will haunt the GOP

“If the GOP’s defectors are making a political calculus, it’s a terrible one. Conservatives who abandon marriage are only endearing themselves to two sets of people: radical Democrats who would never vote for them anyway, and moderates from both parties who wouldn’t make marriage the deciding factor of any vote. Who they stand to lose, on the other hand, is far more significant this November.”


5. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Polygamy a Possibility Under House-Passed Respect for Marriage Act

“Heritage Foundation research assistant Jared Eckert warns that the House-passed bill could have dire consequences if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden. ‘If one state—just one state—recognizes polygamy as a legitimate marriage or legal marriage, then basically, the federal government has to do that,’ Eckert says.”

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WEEKLY PRAYER: SOCIETY

Heavenly Father, we ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess: We have ridiculed the absolute Truth of Your Word and called it pluralism. We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, oh God, and know our hearts; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. In the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Amen

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