We won. At least at the Supreme Court level. But we have a lot of work left to do. That’s blatantly obvious when you stop to look at opinions and instructions from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, who are encouraging county clerks not to follow the law by not issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Then there is this: A “give us money” plea sent out through email by Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage:
“MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015
“Dear Marriage Supporter,
“As you know, a 5-4 ruling of the US Supreme Court has resulted in marriage being redefined, with genderless ‘marriage’ now being imposed on every state in the nation. This is a terrible decision that entirely lacks constitutional authority.
“NOM is committed to working to reverse this decision over time. But until that happens, we need to minimize the damage that is going to be caused to individuals, churches and other organizations that support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
“Please act today to support the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) today by completing this Action Alert. FADA will prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. For example, the bill would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.
“This common-sense and urgently-need bill has become “must pass” legislation in light of the US Supreme Court decision. I urge you to contact your US Senators and Members of Congress to ask them to support this legislation.”
There was more. It was more of the same. Of course, the truth is the marriage ruling was good for NOM and others like it because it gives them a reason to beg for more money.
But even though we have won the battle, the war continues. Today, we are still celebrating. But we have to remember not to rest on our laurels, so to speak. We have to remember the fight continues.