FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that 300 same-sex unions in the state of Michigan should be legally recognized. Even though the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld Michigan’s one-man one-woman definition of marriage, Judge Goldsmith has incorrectly ignored the ruling from the higher court.
Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Policy Studies, released the following statement:
“We agree with the people of Michigan that marriage is inherently good. However, yet again, a judge has decided he knows better than the people he is supposed to be serving.
“Judge Goldsmith ignored the legally binding ruling of the Sixth Circuit which upheld Michigan’s marriage law.
"Judge Goldsmith quotes the Bible in his decision, but misunderstands and misapplies the clear teaching of Scripture. No honest reader of the Old and New Testaments can dispute that the God of the Bible defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, for life. Reinterpreting biblical passages based on current cultural biases is embarrassing and a shame on the American judicial system.
“I commend Michigan state officials who have fought valiantly to protect the right of the people of the state to affirm marriage as between one man and one woman. I urge them to continue their efforts to protect natural marriage.
“Judge Goldsmith argues that Constitutionality is ‘irrelevant.’ I ask: where is the rule of law in this erroneous ruling?" Sprigg concluded.