Divided United States Supreme Court Decides On The Definition of Marriage
Rapid City, SD, 06/26/2015
South Dakota Family Heritage Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 26, 2015
FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The case involved four combined cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee. The key questions they ruled on are whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether the constitution requires states to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex that was performed legally in another state.
Today five justices of the Supreme Court ruled that all states must redefine marriage directly.
The FHA sees this ruling negatively affecting three major issues.
First, Marriage and Parenting. Every child deserves the best opportunity we can give them to be raised by their married mom and dad. Today’s ruling puts the government’s stamp of approval on intentionally depriving kids of either their mom or their dad. Redefining marriage redefines parenthood. This new definition of marriage further weakens the institution of marriage by making it about the desires of adults rather than considering the good of children.
Second, Religious Freedom. Regardless of whether someone supports or opposes same-sex marriage, I think we can all agree government shouldn’t force Americans to violate their beliefs about marriage. Today’s ruling only increases the likelihood that our government will force Christians and other people of faith to celebrate or participate in same-sex marriages that violate their beliefs. Now that same-sex marriage has been forced on our country, will there be tolerance for those whose faith teaches that marriage is the union of a man and a woman?
And third, Judicial Overreach. 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. The Court overrode the will of over 50 million Americans in 31 states who successfully voted to preserve the millennia-old definition of marriage.
Today as South Dakotans move forward we believe that much as the Roe v. Wade decision awakened pro-life Americans, we expect this ruling will re-energize efforts to protect and uphold God’s design for marriage in our culture and our laws.
At this writing, it is unclear as to the far-reaching ramifications of this ruling, and its impact on people of faith. We are in the evaluation phase and more information is forthcoming.