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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council is asking its Watchmen on the Wall network of more than 45,000 pastors to join Stand for Marriage Sunday on April 26 - just two days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the definition of marriage. Pastors are being asked to show church members a brief video, distribute a bulletin insert, and then spend time during worship in focused prayer for the Court and our country.
The backdrop to the Court taking up this case is a number of high-profile cases of Christian business owners being punished by the government for declining to participate in same-sex weddings. There is a growing understanding that the redefinition of marriage cannot be divorced from a loss of freedom.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the followed statement:
"The consequences this decision could have on our religious freedom, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs, are staggering. Should the Court redefine marriage, our religious liberty -- the foundation for all of our freedoms -- will be at risk. That's why we're asking churches across America to hold a special 'Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Liberty at Risk' event.
"We are asking that churches take time in their worship services to pray for the Supreme Court and the attorneys presenting the arguments, that truth would prevail and that natural marriage would be honored by the arguments and by the decision of the Justices.
"To help congregations set the stage, we've partnered with Echolight Studios to create a short video that explains the importance of this decision, and the impact it will have on everyday Americans who seek to live out their faith.
“The nation will not accept a redefinition of marriage from the Court. Similar to the Court’s inability to 'resolve' the issue of abortion for the nation in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Court will not resolve this issue either. Religious liberty is in jeopardy. The threat is not hypothetical; it is a clear and present danger,” concluded Perkins.
WHO: Family Research Council
WHAT: Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Freedom At Risk
WHEN: Sunday, April 26th
WHERE: Churches nationwide and on Twitter at ##standformarriage
For more information on Stand for Marriage Sunday, please visit: https://www.watchmenpastors.org/standformarriage/
To view WPA’s polling data: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15B71.pdf