Justices Cast Doubt on Benefits Ban in U.S. Marriage Law

Justices Cast Doubt on Benefits Ban in U.S. Marriage Law

Article
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/supreme-court-defense-of-marriage-act.html

Recap
The Supreme Court appeared ready on Wednesday to strike down a central part of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as a majority of the justices expressed reservations about the Defense of Marriage Act. If the challenged part of the 1996 law is struck down it would extend federal benefits to same-sex married couples though it would not force any additional states to allow same-sex marriage.

Prayer
God…Love, make your Spirit move in this time and in this place. Regardless of what our politicians and justices must consider as a point of order, move the popular discussion of marriage beyond phrases like "states' rights," "federal benefits," and "equal protection." In 1 John 4:7 we read, "because love is from God, everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."

In this world where so many relationships that claim to be built on love are actually destructive, belittling, and abusive to the people in them, give us eyes to see and the wisdom to honor, celebrate, and cherish all relationships that are loving, healthy, empowering, and passionate. I pray this because, wherever we find love at work in our world we find you. Amen.

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