High Court Review of Marriage Cases Welcomed, Prompts Prayer

Pro-family groups welcomed the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court late last week to review two court decisions that challenge the constitutionality of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. 

On Friday, December 7, the Court accepted petitions to review Windsor v. United States, a federal case that involves the Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which deals with California's marriage amendment, Proposition 8.

"Virtually nothing is more important to the future of our country than marriage and the family. This is why we are pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to examine lower court decisions striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8," commented Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

In comments also made Friday, Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, similarly hailed the Court's decision as "a welcome development."

"When the executive branch of the government is no longer willing to defend its own law, the final arbiter must be the highest court in the land. Today’s announcement sets in motion a process that may conclude with one of the most momentous decisions ever rendered by the United States Supreme Court," Daly stated.

Since the announcement last week, Daly and other pro-family leaders have encouraged believers to pray for the Court, whose ruling could have profound ramifications for this and future generations.

"The justices and personnel involved deserve our prayers for wisdom and discernment," Daly stated.

The Court will likely hear the cases in March and rule by late June.

Published: December 13, 2012