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Supreme Court Rules on Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court announced two important decisions this morning. The Court declared section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and remanded the decision of the Ninth Circuit in the case regarding Proposition 8, holding that those who sponsored Proposition 8 did not have standing to pursue an appeal that the State abandoned.   

Center for Religious Expression Chief Counsel Nate Kellum released the following statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage:   

"While disappointed in today’s rulings, it is important to remember that these decisions are fairly limited in scope. This was not a sweeping decision like when the Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. Even after these decisions, each state retains the right to define marriage for itself and its citizens.   

“I am particularly troubled by the way both decisions betray the right of the people to govern themselves. The citizens of California, who passed Proposition 8 with their votes, were robbed of their citizenship when state officials decided not to defend the law. In the Defense of Marriage Act, the court overturned legislation that passed with broad, bipartisan support, legislation that could be been changed by Congress had the people willed it to be.  

“This disregard for the rights of the people to govern themselves opens the door to a distortion of the balance of power between the three branches of government.  We must be conscious of this and work towards maintaining the rights of voters to have a voice in their government.   

"No doubt, marriage took a hit today, but it is still standing. In the vast majority of states, marriage is reserved for one man and one woman. This is no time to give up on the important institution of marriage.  All is not lost, but we must stand to prevent the definition of marriage from further erosion.   

“Now is the time to strengthen marriage. We know that the best environment for children is in intact families with a mother and a father. This truth endures, regardless of today’s decisions." Kellum concluded.   

Center for Religious Expression is a servant-oriented, non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian legal organization dedicated to the glory of God and the religious freedom of His people.