Battles Continue over Traditional Marriage

Ad Feedback - Marriage Amendments have become one of the most effective tools to protect traditional marriage in our country.

Thirty states--mainly in the west and the south--have passed marriage amendments.

And while the public is clearly divided on many questions regarding homosexuality--strong support for traditional marriage remains.

A 2008 gallup poll found 56 percent oppose legalizing same-sex marriage.

But court challenges in California and Wisconsin demonstrate that the battle continues.

Battle over Prop 8

Jordan Lorence and other legal experts say the California challenge is serious. Gay rights advocates argue that the Marriage Amendment, known as Prop 8, illegally revises the state constitution.

And if justices there overturn Prop 8--it could encourage a similar challenge in Florida--which also has a revision requirement in its constitution.

In Wisconsin, challengers argue that the Marriage Amendment is invalid because it addresses more than one topic. But five other state supreme courts have already rejected this idea.

The significance of Marriage Amendments can be found in the battle over this beachside chapel, located on a Christian campground in New Jersey.

The camp lost its tax-exempt status for refusing to hold a lesbian commitment ceremony.

Marriage advocates like Lorence say Marriage Amendments protect against such attacks, by providing the defense that traditional marriage is state policy.

President-elect Obama says he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. But he opposed Prop 8 and is against a federal marriage amendment as well.

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