Family Research Council

'Only a partial victory for gay marriage'

By Peter Sprigg Senior Fellow for Policy Studies


Peter Sprigg is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Washington Post on June 26, 2013.


Advocates of redefining marriage did not get what they wanted today - a declaration that all 50 states must treat same-sex unions as "marriages." That means that this debate will continue across the country. This is an issue which should be resolved through the democratic process, not the courts.

We were disappointed, however, that the Court failed to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8. The DOMA decision raises as many questions as it answers; for example, what happens to a "married" same-sex couple when they move to a state that does not recognize their marriage? Will the federal government again be at odds with state law (which was supposedly the problem with DOMA to begin with)?

The Prop 8 decision, while limited in scope with respect to marriage, is alarming because it seems to allow the executive branch of state government to simply nullify the initiative process by refusing to defend a voter-approved law or amendment.

Society needs children, and children need a mother and a father. This is why authentic marriage can only consist of the union of a man and a woman, and we will continue to speak and defend the truth about marriage wherever it is attacked.