The Supreme Court’s decision to grant same sex marriage has been heralded by the mainstream media as a great win for liberty. Social conservatives have a different take on the decision.
Gary Bauer, who served in the Reagan Administration, as under secretary of education and as President Reagan’s chief domestic policy advisor also ran in the 2000 Republican presidential primaries. The Guardian called Bauer “one of the leading campaigners in the U.S. on pro-life and pro-traditional family issues.”
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is not only a blow against marriage, it is a blow against the body politic and the fundamental idea that we are a self-governing people,” said former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
“Millions of Americans were just told by five justices that their votes and their values do not matter. As Justice Scalia warned his dissent, this ruling threatens American democracy and opens the door to attacks on religious liberty,” Bauer said.
The president of American Values continued: “As disturbing as this is, worse is on the horizon. Religious liberty is already under attack using same-sex marriage as the battering ram. Values voters cannot afford to let their disappointment result in capitulation. If those voters leave the public square, they will quickly find that even their churches are no longer safe havens.”
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,” regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.
FRC President Tony Perkins said “Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.
“In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.
“No court can overturn natural law. Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.
“Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.
“It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.
“Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.
“With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
“Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision. Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.
“We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman,” concluded Perkins.