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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the decision by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to strike down the state of Wisconsin's marriage amendment.
Judge Crabb has a history of rulings that are hostile toward religious expression, including a 2010 ruling that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional, and a November 2013 ruling that clergy tax-exempt housing allowances were unconstitutional.
Of Judge Crabb's decision today Perkins said:
"Judge Crabb is well known for her attempts to banish God from the public square, and inferring that the Constitution demands a hostile treatment of religious expression in public life. Once again, she has neglected to consult the Constitution that she was sworn to uphold. This is why it's not surprising that she would display similar contempt for the right of Wisconsin voters to preserve marriage as it has always been defined.
"Increasingly, Americans are being forced to celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad. Those pushing for the redefinition of marriage have long since moved from a 'live-and-let-live' mentality. Their efforts are creating serious inequality as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith, or face legal repercussions and harassment," concluded Perkins.