U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenges to State Marriage Laws

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court declined to hear several challenges to state marriage laws in cases from Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America responds:

“It is important to note that the Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of same-sex ‘marriage.’  They have merely declined to address the issue at this point in time, and that is actually better than imposing their view of marriage on the whole country.  Americans are having a robust debate on this important issue, and for the Supreme Court to interrupt that debate and decide the issue for the country would be disastrous.

“This is exactly what they did in the case of abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision, and we have seen the damage that their judiciary overreach has had on the country.

“The problem we have in this case is that some lower courts have overstepped their bounds and ruled several state marriage amendments unconstitutional. That judicial activism, overturning the will of millions of Americans who went to the polls to say they wanted marriage to remain as the union between one man and one woman, will stand.  But also other decisions and marriage amendments supporting natural marriage will also stand. That means the battle to protect God’s model for marriage will continue, and the Supreme Court will have to take the case at some point. We must continue to stand boldly for freedom of conscience and for natural marriage.

“In that sense, we cannot overemphasize the importance of the upcoming elections.  President Obama and the Democratic leadership have done historic damage to marriage in their time in office, both with their appointment of judges and with their administrative policies.  Conservatives must come out to the polls in the upcoming elections in overwhelming numbers and make sure that our elected officials and the next President of the United States respect and appreciate the right of the people to define marriage as it has always been throughout our history – the union between one man and one woman.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Alison Howard at ahoward@cwfa.org or 202-266-4816.