Toward Tradition Finds Fault with the Vermont Supreme
Court's Ill-conceived Notions Regarding Marriage
MERCER ISLAND -- Toward Tradition, a national Jewish educational
movement, expressed concern as the Vermont Supreme Court granted same-sex
couples the same rights as married couples.
On Monday, December 20th, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered its state
legislature to enact marital benefits for same-sex partners. Fortunately,
the Court refused to legitimize so-called "same sex marriage,"
but the moral equivalence the Court attempted to create between marriage
and same-sex partnerships is just as threatening to the country's moral
"The Court's decision will negatively affect the family structure
that has served society so well for hundreds of generations,"
commented Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition. "The
Court refused to recognize that married partners provide a vital service
to society, that same-sex partners can not provide."
As Rabbi Lapin points out in his soon to be released book, Life Lessons
from the Lord's Language, "Hebrew contains no singular word for
parents. It is an activity that can only be performed by a man and a woman
acting in unison, each complimenting the other to provide the cocoon in
which youngsters can thrive. The union of a father and mother generates
stability and provides the means for creating future generations. By
committing to raise a family, married couples enhance our society and are
rewarded by government through various benefits, such as lower
"By ignoring the benefits that the traditional family bestows upon
society and by abandoning the Judeo-Christian principles which have led
this country to be the most prosperous the world has ever seen, the Court
displayed contempt for the most basic of Judeo-Christian principles.
Unless it is over-ruled, it has the potential to cause significant damage
to the essence of our society," concluded Rabbi Lapin.
Toward Tradition is a national educational movement of
Jews and Christians and other Americans seeking to advance the nation
toward traditional, faith-based, American principles of constitutional
and limited government, the rule of law, representative democracy, free
markets, a strong military, and a moral public culture.