The New American: Anticipating a Supreme Court declaration that same-sex marriage is now a civil right, the signers of the “Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage” state that they will “not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law,” knowing full well the consequences they might incur for taking such a stand.
“We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation,” reads the pledge. “Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.
“Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State,” it asserts. “No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has authority to redefine marriage.”
“The institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended,” Dobson told Fox News. “It’s the foundation for the entire culture. It’s been in existence for 5,000 years. If you weaken it or if you undermine it — the entire superstructure can come down. We see it as that important.”
Opinion: 25,000 Christian leaders and pastors from all denominations have set aside their differences in solidarity. On the line is religious freedom.
A friend and brother in Christ, who is an attorney, explained there are likely five possible outcomes to the Supreme Court’s decision:
- The law banning gay marriage is ruled un-constitutional (equal protection under the law) = victory for the LGBT movement
- The law banning gay marriage is upheld by the Constitution = defeat for the LGBT movement = victory for Christians
- The law banning gay marriage is turned over to the states to decide = partial victory for both sides (unlikely)
- The law banning gay marriage is ruled un-constitutional but the issue on religious freedom is left undecided = partial victory for LGBT and for religious freedom (most likely).
- The law banning gay marriage is ruled un-constitutional but religious freedom is upheld = depends on whether that issue is brought before the court (unknown)
The Court’s (6 Catholics and 3 Jews) decision will come in June.