The Family Heritage Alliance, led by Executive Director Dale Bartscher, issued a statement contained in their e-mail newsletter today in which they note their opposition to the ruling handed down yesterday by Federal Judge Karen Schreier:
The South Dakota Family Heritage Alliance sincerely believes that marriage has always been – and will always be – between a man and a woman. Ultimately, no court can change that truth. So regardless of legal outcomes, we’ll continue to address the importance of one-man, one-woman marriage. It is important to families, society and especially for children who have a right to both a mother and a father.
Over the last 15 years, more than 40 million Americans in more than 30 states have voted at the ballot box to define marriage as one man and one woman – the same definition of marriage used worldwide and throughout history. In the last 12 months, some U.S. judges have attempted to erase those votes much like what has happened recently here in South Dakota.
Marriage is about more than who you love; it’s about bringing together the two halves of humanity which are male and female.
Also it’s important to recognize that legalizing same-sex marriage comes at a high cost. It costs kids either a mom or a dad (who are not interchangeable). Furthermore it costs people of faith their First Amendment rights as government imposes the new definition across all aspects of society. We need to carefully count these costs before we run headlong into this latest social experiment with marriage.
What is before us today in the courts is a process and we pray for the sake of society that ultimately marriage as traditionally and naturally defined will win the day.
Family Heritage Alliance / FHA Action