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Is Federal Divorce Amendment Next?

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: August 25, 2005 9:00 pm ET

(Evansville, Indiana) An Indiana Congressman says that divorce is as dangerous to society as same-sex marriage.

Without specifically calling for an amendment to ban divorce or for federal legislation to restrict divorce John Hostettler (R-Indiana) suggested that the Christian right is looking at divorce as its next big issue.

Hostettler is one of the sponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex weddings.

S. Rep. told a gathering of clergy that divorce is as dangerous to society as gay marriage and that churches are essential to strengthening families.

“The picture of marriage is the picture of Christian salvation,” Hostettler said in a speech to the Indiana Family Institute at a Christian Church in Evansville.

“Any diminishing of that notion – whether homosexual marriage or any other degradation of marriage – is something we must fight in public policy.”

Hostettler said religious faith needs to have a greater presence in public policy decisions.

The Federal Marriage Amendment failed to get enough votes in July 2004 (story) and was reintroduced this year. (story)

Most LGBT rights groups declined to comment on Hostettler's remarks but privately speculated that if the religious right attempted to set restrictions on divorce it could drive many more heterosexuals to support the fight against the anti-gay amendment.

©365Gay.com 2005


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