A team of evangelical Christian leaders has made it very clear to the Supreme Court that they will not acknowledge the legalization of same-sex marriage. According to WND, thousands of signers of a new marriage pledge—including leaders of Christian organizations representing millions—are warning the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to leave marriage alone.
“We will view any decision by the Supreme Court [overturning traditional marriage] or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law,” says a Marriage Pledge assembled by Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon who is editor of Catholic Online, and Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the state directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.”
Thousands of Americans and prominent Christian leaders who have signed this pledge include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. Also involved in the document were Rick Scarborough, the president of Vision America Action, and James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk Radio.
“Yes, I’m talking about civil disobedience,” Staver told FOX News. “I’m talking about resistance and I’m talking about peaceful resistance against unjust laws and unjust rulings. … You are essentially saying that boys and girls don’t need moms and dads—that moms and dads are irrelevant. Gender becomes pointless when government adopts same-sex marriage. It creates a genderless relationship out of a very gender-specific relationship. It says that it doesn’t matter and that two moms or two dads are absolutely equivalent to a mom and a dad.”
“I’m stunned at the sitting Senators and Governors (Republican no less) who act as if when the SCOTUS rules, it’s forever settled,” Huckabee commented in Time magazine, using an acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States. “The three branches are EQUAL. The judicial cannot make nor enforce law.”
“Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed, and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to,” said Scarborough. “Right now the courts are changing the playing field and declaring that what the natural eye can see and natural law reveals is not truth. … What will we do, and how will we respond?”
“We stand united together in defense of marriage,” the pledge states. “Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is a line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.”
Read and sign the pledge here.