Today marks the anniversary of the passage of the Bewell Amendment, which made same-sex marriage legal in California.
The passage was not, as many had expected, the only landmark in American history to come down on the same side as same-gender marriage.
But for those who are not familiar with it, the BEWELL Amendment is the controversial amendment that passed in 1996 in the state of California, which allowed gay couples to marry, while also barring employers from firing employees for their sexual orientation.
A decade later, it was the subject of fierce debate over its constitutionality and the religious liberties of its supporters.
As the BSW Amendment was debated in the Senate, it became the target of criticism from a number of religious leaders.
The Rev. Fred Phelps of the Phelps Institute, a Christian evangelical group, took the lead in calling the amendment a “radical” violation of biblical teaching.
“It’s a declaration of a personal right over the person, over the body, over a family and over the whole world,” Phelps said at the time.
“What’s worse is it’s a statement of a state religion, over everyone else.”
In fact, it’s hard to find many scholars who would disagree that it’s the most fundamental and enduring statement of faith in American society.
And while it has received considerable criticism from many quarters, not all have embraced its fundamentalist leanings.
Some have defended it by arguing that it upholds biblical principles of family, marriage and faith.
But others argue that the BWE has been hijacked by a small but vocal minority, particularly within the Christian community.
For the Christian right, the issue is complicated because it’s not only a theological disagreement but also a cultural one.
In the United States, a broad coalition of evangelical Christians, mainline Protestant denominations and Catholic groups has pushed back against the BAWL Amendment, and it’s now part of the GOP’s platform.
That means many of the arguments in favor of same-day adoption are still resonating with many conservative Christians.
In many cases, this is because it serves a political purpose.
Evangelical Christians have traditionally leaned to the right on social issues, but they’re often more aligned with social conservatives.
As we’ve seen, this has led to some interesting policy outcomes.
For instance, a 2014 study found that the more conservative evangelicals in the U.S. were, the more they supported the repeal of a law that required most same-state-marriage marriages.
This is in stark contrast to the more moderate evangelical Christians in the United Kingdom.
In this case, the conservative evangelical Christian community is also a vocal supporter of same sex marriage, even though the U:P.
has generally been a more liberal institution.
The more extreme wing of the Christian Right, known as the Religious Right, has been especially vocal about their support for same-date adoption, including a video that showed them holding a sign that said “Love Trumps Hate.”
While these groups have long advocated for marriage equality, their views on same-age adoption and same-child marriage have shifted over the past few years.
While they still tend to advocate for same sex-marriage rights, they’ve generally shifted toward supporting same-daddy-of-the-month policies, which have led to a backlash among conservatives who see these policies as being harmful to children.
The most vocal proponent of same day adoption is the conservative Evangelical Alliance, which is a non-profit that promotes Christian values and social conservatism through lobbying and other efforts.
Its mission is to promote “the sanctity of human life and the sanctity and sanctity as God created them,” according to its website.
In 2013, the organization began promoting the concept of “family values” in the public sphere, according to a press release.
“We believe that the family is the foundation of civilization, and that it is a cornerstone of the American community and the world,” the statement read.
“Family values are the foundation upon which America is built.”
But that’s just one of the things the group has come out in support of.
The group’s website also notes that it supports “equality and the dignity of women and their ability to contribute to the community in all forms of social and political life.”
While it doesn’t explicitly advocate same-parenting policies, it does support policies that “recognize and support equal rights for biological children and families,” including same-mother-daughter relationships.
It also supports the idea that same-race marriage should be legal, but opposes same- sex marriage as a result.
While the group’s rhetoric is at times divisive and sometimes outright hateful, the reality is that many Evangelical leaders are more open to LGBT rights and equality than the conservative Christian right.
For that reason, some Evangelical activists see the BWLI as a natural ally in this fight, especially given the group is now in the midst of a “moral war.”
“The BWE was a political war,” says John