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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
June 26, 2013
Supreme Court Reverses Prop 8, Overturns DOMA
American Family Association Says Christians Must Now Focus on Protecting Religious Freedoms

The Supreme Court of the United States today announced its decision to reverse the voter-approved Proposition 8 in California, making it legal for same-sex couples to wed in the state.

The court’s ruling on Prop 8 will take 25 days to go into effect, which allows for an appeal to the court to revisit its ruling. Without such an appeal, same-sex marriages could resume in California in July.

Additionally, the Supreme Court handed down its decision to overturn provisions in DOMA—the Defense of Marriage Act. SCOTUS considered the case United States v. Windsor, which takes to task the term “marriage” in DOMA. Signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, DOMA says “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” and the term “‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex.” Today, the Supreme Court found that language to be unconstitutional and therefore overturned provisions in the law protecting traditional marriage.

American Family Association now asks, “What can Christians do in the wake of this disappointing decision?”

“We are deeply saddened by today’s decision to not only allow but encourage same-sex marriage in our country—a country that was founded on biblical principles. We mourn for America’s future, but we are not without hope,” said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “Our next line of defense is to vigorously protect our religious liberty. The homosexual lobby and agenda is running rampant across America, and is even pervading our elementary schools. The judicial activism that is being demonstrated is deplorable as the Supreme Court is imposing its will on the people and legislatures of the fifty states in our United States of America. Now, we must warn against the coming persecution, the barrage of criticism and the aggressive action of the homosexual agenda to indoctrinate and change the thoughts and convictions of Americans to accept this lifestyle as the new normal. In addition, the trend of classifying statements that have a biblical foundation as ‘hate speech’ is one that AFA will do everything in its power to prevent.”

The Supreme Court’s reversal of Prop 8, in which voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between one man and one woman, has far-reaching effects in states besides California.  

To prepare for this summer’s decision, the Supreme Court was presented a question about whether the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution permits a state to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Today’s ruling striking down Prop 8 means that state bans on gay marriage would also be unconstitutional,  at least within the nine states under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit—Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 


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