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Conservative Christians React to the Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision on the definition of marriage. Below is some of the reaction from leading Conservative Christian attorneys who have been involved in, or very closely following the case.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks had this to say,

“Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, the debate over marriage has only
just begun. The court’s decision does not silence the voices of
Americans. Marriage–the union of husband and wife–will remain
timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need
mothers and fathers. This has been the experience of diverse cultures
and faiths throughout history, including the American experience, and
that will not change. Americans will continue
advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it
matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council released the following statement,

“While
we are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part
of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court today did not
impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was
sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex
‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the
actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and
opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly
intensify.

“We are encouraged that the court learned from the disaster of Roe v. Wade
and refrained from redefining marriage for the entire country.
However, by striking down the federal definition of marriage in DOMA,
the Court is asserting that Congress does not have the power to define
the meaning of words in statutes Congress itself has enacted. This is
absurd. The Defense of Marriage Act imposes no uniform
definition of marriage upon the individual states. However, the states
should not be able to impose varying definitions of marriage upon the
federal government. The ruling that the federal government must
recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ in states that recognize them raises as
many questions as it answers. For example, what is the status of such
couples under federal law if they move to another state that does not
recognize their ‘marriage?’ This decision throws open the doors for
whole new rounds of litigation.

“We
are disturbed that the court refused to acknowledge that the proponents
of Proposition 8 have standing to defend Proposition 8. This
distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive, and
judicial branches of government. The Court’s decision allows the
executive branch to effectively veto any duly enacted law, simply by
refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge. Ironically, by
refusing to defend the law, California’s executive branch has also
denied the nation any definitive ruling on the constitutionality of
defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“What
is inevitable is that the male and female relationship will continue to
be uniquely important to the future of society. The reality is that
society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad. We will
continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture,
which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married
mother and father,” Perkins concluded.

Perkins
will discuss the Court’s decision today on his daily radio show,
Washington Watch, heard daily from 5-6 p.m. Eastern on the American
Family Radio network and online at www.TonyPerkins.com.

FRC’s
Ken Klukowski, J.D. attended oral arguments. He co-authored a legal
brief in the marriage litigation. FRC’s Chris Gacek, J.D., Ph.D., worked
with Paul B. Linton, J.D. of the Thomas More Society on FRC’s amicus
briefs in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases.

FRC’s Defense of Marriage Act amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-us-v-windsor

FRC’s Proposition 8 amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-hollingsworth-v-perry

 

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people…The Court got it wrong.”

 

Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet had the following comments on today’s ruling,

 

“Since marriage is an institution that predates any government, the nature and definition of marriage were never in doubt, and thus could not justly be changed by any court or vote,” said Father Boquet. “Marriage still is, and has always been, a covenant by which one man and one woman establish a partnership for life that is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.”

“We must continue to demand that our political leaders recognize and protect this most natural institution especially in this time of intense bigotry and discrimination toward those who defend marriage in the public square,” said Father Boquet.

“Most Americans know that this debate over marriage will never ultimately be settled by the Court, for at least two reasons,” said Father Boquet. “First, those who are leading the assault on marriage have demonstrated again and again their disdain for laws that defend marriage and for the will of those with whom they disagree. Theirs is a crusade against both faith and reason, and they are no more likely to stop with a court decision than are the defenders of marriage.”

“Second,” he said, “the definition of marriage is not determined by any court or any legislative vote. A just nation recognizes and upholds the true meaning of marriage for the common good of the people and the institutions of the nation.”

“Our larger task remains the same – to remind all people of good will that without marriage, there is no prosperous and unified future for any nation,” Father Boquet said. “As the lifetime, faithful, and life-welcoming union of one woman and one man, marriage is naturally the best place to welcome children into the world and form them in love and truth. The more a society understands this natural fact, the healthier and more unified it will be. The more this natural fact is attacked, the more divided we will become, needing ever more expensive governmental solutions (welfare, prisons, etc.) to compensate for the natural good that has been discarded.”

“Finally we note that these decisions do not bode well for the freedom of those religious institutions, such as the Catholic Church, who can only uphold the true definition of marriage. We expect that persecution of the Church will increase as opponents of true marriage demand that no dissent be tolerated, and that religious institutions participate in performing ‘marriage’ ceremonies for same-sex couples or suffer charges of discrimination. We are prepared for these inevitable events, and we stand in solidarity and hope with all who defend marriage.”

FRC Action Sees Signs of Massive Turnout Among Values Voters

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council Action says evidence suggests massive Election Day turnout among values voters. In the last 14 months FRC Action’s Values Bus has crisscrossed the country campaigning for values in 28 states. The Values Bus was greeted by enthusiastic crowds as it spent the final weekend of this election cycle in Ohio.
FRC Action President, Tony Perkins spoke at a church in Dayton, Ohio Sunday morning and a church in Springdale, Ohio on Sunday evening.
“In my almost twenty years involved in politics, I have never seen values voters so energized,” said Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins. “This level of intensity is clearly driven by this administration’s policies that are so hostile to religious freedom. The Obamacare’s mandates are a clear infringement on religious freedom.
“President Obama talks about the freedom of worship which is what we do within the four walls of the church.   However, values voters are concerned about the freedom of religion which is the ability to live your life according to the teachings of your faith. These voters see that freedom of religion is under attack by this President. I would not be surprised to see tomorrow’s turnout of values voters eclipse what we saw in 2004,” concluded Perkins.
This year, in advance of the election:
·         FRC has helped register nearly 500,000 new values voters and distributed millions of voter guides through FRC’s allies and its network of more than 18,000 churches.

·         FRC hosted a major simulcast, “iPledge Sunday 2012,” which reached over 6,000 churches and home groups and aired on Christian television networks across the country.

·         FRC has been touring the country this year with the Heritage Foundation for the “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote” Values Bus tour. The tour has traveled more than 70,000 miles through 28 states over the last 14 months.

·         Faith Family Freedom Fund launched the “Repeal and Replace McCaskill” bus tour in Missouri to raise awareness about Sen. Claire McCaskill’s far left voting record.

·         Faith Family Freedom Fund spent over $550,000 on TV and radio ads in closely contested congressional races.

·         FRC Action hosted its annual Values Voter Summit, the largest gathering of social conservatives every year in Washington, D.C.
For a list of candidates endorsed by FRC Action PAC, click here: www.frcactionpac.org/endorsements
On Election night, Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins, along with FRC’s Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey are available to discuss the presidential race, state races where FRC Action PAC and the Faith Family Freedom Fund have been invested, and the marriage ballot initiatives in Maryland, Maine, Washington and Minnesota.

Liberty Institute Sends Letter to HHS to Clarify Family Research Council’s Requirements Under the HHS Mandate

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October 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) announced today that the Liberty Institute has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of FRC, asking for clarification of whether FRC will be forced to cover sterilizations, abortifacients and contraceptives in its employee health care plans. If FRC does not hear from HHS by November 5, FRC will consider legal action challenging the enforcement of the HHS employer mandate.

J. Michael Johnson, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, notes in the letter that “FRC believes that it should qualify as an exempt religious employer, but under the strict definition provided in the amended interim final regulations issued and made effective in August 2011, it may not. Because the precise application and final scope of the religious employer exemption remains ambiguous, we are hereby requesting a formal determination by the Department of Health and Human Services on whether or not FRC will be made to comply with the mandate. If you determine the religious exemption does apply to FRC, a legal challenge may be avoided.”

Johnson and Liberty Institute already serve as counsel on pending federal court litigation challenging Obamacare on behalf of other religious institutions. “If FRC is forced to comply with this unconscionable mandate, we will be happy to file an immediate challenge on its behalf,” said Johnson.

Of the letter FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

“It is unbelievable that there is even a need to submit such a letter, since FRC and many religious organizations like it around the country should be recognized as such by the Obama administration. Religious bookstores, universities, and many other Christian-owned businesses have already been targeted, and many are fighting back in court against this unconstitutional attack on religious liberty. If HHS responds to this letter by insisting we comply with this unconstitutional mandate, then we will pursue other options to defend our religious liberty.

“Family Research Council will not comply with a mandate that forces us to violate the statement of faith that every employee agrees to. We are committed to repealing and replacing President Obama’s unjust health care law, which uses taxpayer dollars for abortion, further burdens American families, raises taxes and restricts religious liberty,” concluded Perkins.

To read the letter, click here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF12J56.pdf

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Joins Family Research Council As Executive Vice President

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is pleased to announce today that Lt. Gen. (USA Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin has joined Family Research Council as its Executive Vice President. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations including policy, finance, development, communications, human resources, facilities, information technology, constituent communications and services.

Of Boykin, Perkins said:

“We are very excited and pleased to announce that Lt. General Boykin is joining Family Research Council’s leadership team,” said FRC President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran. “The depth of his leadership skills, forged under the most demanding circumstances, combined with his passion for faith, family and freedom, will greatly enhance FRC’s effectiveness and impact in Washington and beyond.”

General Boykin was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged ultimately to command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. His last four years in the Army were spent in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

“I am honored to join the country’s premier Christian public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the family, defending life and advancing freedom,” said Boykin. “As I ponder the future that my six grandchildren will grow up in, I realize how important it is that I do my part to restore the values that made America a great nation. This is why I am honored to help advance Family Research Council’s mission of faith, family and freedom.”

Additionally Lt. Gen. Boykin will assist FRC in its expanded role of advocating for the men and women who continue to serve in our nation’s military.

“The Obama administration has undermined our nation’s security and increased the risk to those who serve by systematically using our nation’s military to advance a liberal social agenda. There is no one better equipped to speak on behalf of those who serve our nation in uniform and advocate for policies that uphold our national security than General Boykin,” concluded Perkins.

FRC Statement on Verdict in Rutgers University Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today,

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, a former Rutgers University student was found guilty of invasion of privacy. The student had been charged after his roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after learning that Ravi had used a webcam to watch his sexual encounter with another man.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“Today’s verdict is another opportunity for all Americans to speak out against the behavior of anyone who would abuse another person – especially a child – because of his/her sexuality or any other reason. This is a complete violation of Jesus’s commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Family Research Council believes that every individual deserves equal protection, and every offender should receive equal punishment.

“Unfortunately, some pro-homosexual activists would exploit the personal tragedies of these families to promote a political agenda. Some have even laid blame not on the actual bullies but on Christian churches and conservative politicians. It’s wrong to politicize these tragedies. Instead, we should focus on preventing the bullying of young people-for their sexual orientation, appearance, religion, or any other reason,” concluded Perkins.

FRC Action Criticizes Senate Vote Opposing Blunt Amendment to Preserve Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, criticized the U.S. Senate vote today against Senator Roy Blunt’s “

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” amendment. The amendment would have restored the status quo on conscience rights prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and protect against the recent mandate on abortifacients, sterilization and contraceptives by the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services.

FRC Action will score the vote in its annual scorecard.

Of the vote, FRC Action President Tony Perkins said:

“Today, 51 senators, led by Sen. Harry Reid, sacrificed the Constitutional right of religious liberty on the altar of the Obama administration’s radical big-government agenda. They turned a deaf ear to the very real religious and moral objections of millions of Americans and the First Amendment rights of all.

“We thank Democrat Senators Joe Manchin, Robert Casey and Ben Nelson for standing up to their caucus and fighting for religious liberty. Their vote for Sen. Blunt’s bill, along with support from Republican Senators ranging from pro-life Senator Kelly Ayotte to pro-abortion Senator Susan Collins showed that this is not about women’s health but about whether the government can violate religious liberties.

“The President and Congress need to wake up and realize that they have run into an immovable wall of principle that religious liberties are still in fact fundamental rights in this country. No political machinations they attempt will surmount the unshakeable religious and moral convictions of those of us opposing this government mandate.

“We urge the House of Representatives to pass Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s legislation and send it back to the Senate as Americans increasingly realize that their fundamental religious liberties are being threatened.”


News Conference Today: FRC Releases Letter Signed by 2,500 Religious Leaders Opposing Contraceptive Mandate

NASHVILLE, Feb. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Today Family Research Council President Tony Perkins will lead a news conference urging President Obama to reverse his mandate decision and protect the conscience rights of those who have biblically-based opposition to funding or providing contraceptives and abortifacients. At the news conference, a letter will be released signed by over 2,500 religious leaders in opposition to the mandate.
News Conference Details—
Who:
–Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
What: News conference with religious leaders who oppose the Obama administration’s contraceptive and abortaficient mandate
When: Monday, February 20, 2012, 12:00 p.m. Central time
Where: Governor’s Ballroom D, National Religious Broadcasters Convention and Exposition, Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, Nashville
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