The Christian conservative group the
Family Research Council (FRC) is praying that judges don't rule the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and that the states
ratify a federal constitutional amendment that would define marriage
as a heterosexual union.
DOMA is the 1996 law that bars federal
agencies and the military from recognizing the legal marriages of gay
and lesbian couples.
The law is slowly being chipped away.
On Thursday, gay
troops filed a legal challenge to the law, joining at least four
other federal lawsuits.
Next week, a
bill that would repeal DOMA is expected to clear a Senate committee.
But the issue is a non-starter in the House, where its speaker, John
Boehner of Ohio, is defending the law in court.
“Pray that DOMA will be preserved!”
the group's Prayer Team offered in a blog
post on Thursday. “May the people elect a president and
Congress next November who will pass, and may the states ratify a
Federal Marriage Amendment that will protect the definition of
natural marriage as found in the Bible.”