Family Research Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2014
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Courts Will Not Have Final Say on Marriage


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to two rulings today - one being a two-to-one ruling from a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel striking down Utah's marriage amendment and another one from a federal judge striking down Indiana's Defense of Marriage Act:

"While disturbing, today's rulings come as no surprise given the rising disdain for the rule of law promoted by the Obama administration.  These latest rulings are not just about redefining marriage but they are a further attempt by the courts to untether our public policies from the democratic process, as well as the anthropological record.  

"While judges can, by judicial fiat, declare same-sex 'marriage' legal, they will never be able to make it right.  The courts, for all their power, can't overturn natural law.  What they can do is incite a movement of indignant Americans, who are tired of seeing the foundations of a free and just society destroyed by a handful of black-robed tyrants. The Left has long believed packing the federal courts with liberal jurists is the means of fulfilling a radical social agenda, as the American people refuse to endorse that agenda at the polls or through their elected representatives.

"As we saw with Roe v. Wade in 1973 - despite the Left's earnest hopes, the courts do not have the final say.  The American people will have the final word as they experience the consequences of marriage redefinition and the ways in which it fundamentally alters America's moral, cultural and political landscape," concluded Perkins.

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