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Avoiding Dred Scott

 


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Imagine the barbaric nature of the logic used and the opinion adopted: a person, a certain type of person, is a piece of property who can be owned, traded, bought and sold. Whether man or woman, no matter where born this type of person could not be considered a citizen and an act of Congress adopted to protect them was invalid.

The type of person involved was African American, whether free or slave, and the decision is the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford decision. We mark the 158th anniversary of this unimaginable decision by the US Supreme Court this month.

The Dred Scott decision was wrong on so many levels that it’s difficult to cover them all in this email. But the most important thing to realize about the decision is that it ignored both natural law and the principles of the American founding to impose a political ideology on the country.

Does that ring a bell for you with anything in the news today?

Some people think that the US Supreme is the final arbiter of controversial topics — whether slavery or marriage — and we must accept whatever they decide.

We don’t.

Our nation is founded on constitutional principles and a reflection of the natural law. When a decision by a court violates those principles, it is an illegitimate decision that people of good will must resist.

When the Dred Scott decision came down, Chief Justice Roger Taney hoped the decision would settle the question of slavery. After all, the Supreme Court was supreme, as another ruling fifty years earlier (Marbury v Madison) had established, and the American people would have little choice but to accept it.

They didn't.

Instead, Abraham Lincoln decided not to go along with the Dred Scott decision. The nation fought a civil war, Congress eventually passed legislation designed to overturn the terrible Supreme Court decision, and then the American people adopted the Thirteenth Amendment to put a stake in the heart of this morally bankrupt idea, birthed by corrupt politics and the nascent notion of judicial supremacy.

My friends, we have an opportunity right now to act to avoid a Dred Scott decision on marriage. In a little over five weeks, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case that could give us a legal definition of marriage that either complies with natural and moral law and the principles of the American founding, or like Dred Scott ignores those principles to impose a political ideology on the nation.

What we do together between now and then is critical. Will you help us do everything we can to avoid a Dred Scott decision on marriage?

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We are working overtime to make it clear to the Supreme Court that the American people will not accept a ruling purporting to redefine marriage, any more than the people accepted a ruling purporting to redefine humanity as the Dred Scott decision attempted to do. Organizing the upcoming March for Marriage is a critical element of our plans.

We have a very short period of time to pull off this critical undertaking. The Supreme Court has set oral argument in the marriage case for April 28th, which forced us to move up the march to April 25th. We have just five weeks to secure the logistics, get permits, rent buses, produce materials, launch promotional activities and complete all the myriad other activities that are critical to organizing an event like this.

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It would have been easy to throw up our hands and conclude that it was too difficult. In fact some of our supporters said we shouldn’t try. But we have faith in you, believing that you will be there for us at this most critical time, so we have forged ahead.

And fortunately, one of our most loyal supporters stepped up and has agreed to match any contribution you make dollar for dollar up to a total of $100,000. So your gift will instantly double, helping us immensely!

Please act today to support us.

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The US Supreme Court can no more redefine marriage than it could decide that some people are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and others are not. If the court does issue a Dred Scott decision on marriage, we will resist it, refusing to comply, because it will be illegitimate. But our best outcome is to convince the Court not to issue such a ruling.

We have five weeks and not a moment to spare. Please act today by giving your most generous contribution.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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