What NRB Members Are Saying About the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

NRB Member logoNRB and NRB members, among many others, have been responding to last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that forces the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,” regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a one man-one woman institution.

The following are a few excerpts from statements issued by NRB and NRB members:

“This judicial activism is a slap at democratic governance and shows disdain for a holy institution that has been the bedrock of human society for millennia.”
-- Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)

“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.”
-- Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA)

“Five Justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature. In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.”
-- Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council (FRC)

“The biblical position is that only God ordains marriage. So, in the light of history and God’s Word written, the civil government or any state or federal court have no authority to say anything about Christian marriage and have no authority to define, ordain or desecrate it. And, they certainly don’t have a civil right to ordain same-sex ‘marriage.’”
-- Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of Movieguide®

“Although this result was predicted by many observers, the action of the Court is nonetheless startling in its rejection of a societal understanding of marriage that goes back to the dawn of civilization. It tramples on the democratic process by overturning the will of more than 60 percent of American voters and creates a new federal constitutional right in an area where our founding document is silent.”
-- Jim Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Focus on the Family

“In states across the nation, voters acted through the democratic process to protect marriage and the family. Yet, courts around the country chose to disregard the will of the people in favor of political correctness and social experimentation. And we witnessed firsthand the consequences, as individuals were repeatedly targeted by the government for not actively supporting homosexual marriage. Sadly, our nation’s highest Court, which should be a symbol of justice, has chosen instead to be a tool of tyranny, elevating judicial will above the will of the people. There is no doubt that this morning’s ruling will imperil religious liberty in America, as individuals of faith who uphold time-honored marriage and choose not to advocate for same-sex unions will now be viewed as extremists.”
-- Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association (AFA)

“The freedom to democratically address the most pressing social issues of the day is the heart of liberty. The court took that freedom from the people and overrode the considered judgment of tens of millions of Americans who recently reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The court cast aside the understanding of marriage’s nature and purpose that diverse cultures and faiths across the globe have embraced for millennia.”
-- Jim Campbell, Director of the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) Center for Marriage and Family

“I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion. In the wake of this decision, we must ensure that the American principles of pluralism and religious liberty are maintained, as the religious convictions of millions of Americans necessarily cause us to hold a different, more ancient, view of marriage than the one the Court has imposed. Additionally, today’s decision reminds us of the importance of electing a president who knows how to appoint jurists rather than would-be legislators to the bench.”
-- Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

“This is yet another step, as you know, in a course that our nation has been steadfastly determined to take. And in Romans 1 we’re told that at such times, God gives us over to our own ways, to our own paths, and sometimes to that path or course of judgment if we’re determined to reject His ways. And I’m confident that the ramifications of this decision will be pervasive, probably more than any of us can realize at this point, and that they will be destructive to the institution of marriage, and to those whose lifestyles this decision legalizes, and as well to the religious liberty of those who love God’s Truth and are committed to obey it, whatever the cost.”
-- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Host and Teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him

“Where we once had, by the design of the Founding Fathers, a nation of laws, we now have a nation essentially governed by the personal preferences of one Justice, the Court’s swing vote, Anthony Kennedy. When the fundamental intuitions of a society rest on the mood of one person, we have now the very definition of tyranny. It hasn’t come with guns and prisons – at least not yet. Instead, this tyranny has come with robes and with gavels.”
-- Dr. Frank Wright, President of D. James Kennedy Ministries

“When I heard the news concerning the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same sex marriages in all 50 states, a great sense of sorrow filled my heart as I told our Father how very sorry and grieved I was. From all I know about God, about His Word, His character, His sovereign power and His throne which is founded on righteousness and justice, I believe 'America' just crossed the line.”
-- Kay Arthur, Co-Founder of Precept Ministries

 “The Supreme Court of the United States has determined that if you disagree with gay marriage, you are the problem and your faith is irrelevant. The very foundation of the Judeo-Christian faith has been challenged and threatened with severe sanctions if it does not now comply with how five Justices interpret the Constitution based on their personal political opinion and expediency.”
-- Nina May, Founder of Renaissance Women

 “I, like many Christians across this country, [am] very discouraged that the Supreme Court has chosen to redefine marriage after thousands and thousands of years as God has designed and ordained marriage to be between a man and a woman. Now that is put aside in favor of the laws of man.”
-- Pastor Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX

By NRB Staff

Published: July 9, 2015


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