For Immediate Release
April 28, 2015

Kenneth Chan





NRB President: High Court May Change America, But Not Marriage

NRB President issues statement as Supreme Court considers same-sex ‘marriage’ arguments

Manassas, VA– Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), released the following statement after today’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges:

"The Supreme Court cannot change marriage, but it may change America. Pray that it will not.

"Today, the Supreme Court is considering arguments claiming there is a constitutional right to homosexual 'marriage' that should be imposed on all fifty states. Of course there is no such right in the U.S. Constitution, even if this court rules there is. More importantly, there can be no such thing as 'gay marriage,' whether or not any government says so. Marriage is in fact a relationship based upon the male-female created order of human sexuality. Anything else is counterfeit marriage. No government can change this anthropological reality. We should pray that the Court recognizes this fact.

"While the Court cannot change real marriage, it may change America. If the Court presumes to find some sham 'constitutional right' to 'gay marriage,' the harm to our nation will be grave. Under the delusion that government endorsement will somehow lead to human flourishing, those participating in 'homosexual marriage' will eventually discover that it was instead a mirage. Having built their life and pseudo home upon a lie, they will come up empty-handed and empty-hearted. In addition, normalizing 'gay marriage' will hurt a generation of children who long for a father and a mother. 'Same sex' families cannot offer the male-female parental care needed for adopted children, stepchildren, or artificially conceived children. We should pray that the Court promotes no harm here.

"Obviously, there is much more that could be said about homosexuality. Most importantly, as Christians, we should reach out with genuine concern to those in this lifestyle and offer them hope, God's forgiveness, and change through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having said that, today we pray that our government will not mandate a distorted redefinition of marriage upon the country that can only hurt everyone caught up in its destructive wake."

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