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
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
“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
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.
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