RESOURCES: Analyses and Reactions to SCOTUS Decision on Marriage (6/26/15)

Wisconsin Family Action Statement on US Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage (June 26, 2015)

Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Eye Webcast (July 1, 2015)

Wisconsin Family Council, Rule of Law or Whim of Man? (July 6, 2015)

Alliance Defending Freedom Supreme Court Redefines Marriage; But Support Remains Strong (June 26, 2015)

Anderson, Ryan T., Judicial Activism on Marriage Isn’t the End — Here’s What To Do Now (June 26, 2015)

Anderson, Ryan T., In-Depth: 4 Harms the Court’s Marriage Ruling Will Cause (June 30, 2015)

Anderson, Ryan T. and DeMint, Jim,  What Do We Do Now? (July 1, 2015)

Barkoukis, Leah, Townhall.com, Jindal: SCOTUS Is ‘Out of Control’ (June 26, 2015)

CitizenLink, How the Supreme Court Limited Your Religious Freedom (Radio) (June 29, 2015)

Clark, Heather, Christian News Network, Justice Scalia Issues Scathing Dissent in Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (June 26, 2015)

Daly, Jim, No Court Can Change What Marriage Is (June 26, 2015)

DeMint, Jim and Anderson, Ryan T.,  What Do We Do Now? (July 1, 2015)

DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society/Heritage Foundation, VIDEO, Marriage at the Supreme Court; Post-Decision Analysis (June 30, 2015)

Dobson, James, Focus on the Family, The Definition of Marriage (July 2, 2015)

Doherty, Daniel, Townhall.com, Obama: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Reaffirmed America’s Founding Principles (June 26, 2015)

Esenberg, Rick (Pres., WI Institute for Law & Liberty), Why the Same-sex Marriage Decision Isn’t Rooted in Sound Legal Reasoning  (RightWisconsin, July 1, 2015)

Family Research Council, Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling Is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted (June 26, 2015)

Focus on the Family, U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Decision (June 26, 2016)

Heritage Foundation/DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, VIDEO, Marriage at the Supreme Court; Post-Decision Analysis (June 30, 2015)

Metexas, Eric (Breakpoint) The Ol’ Bait and Switch (July 6, 2015)

Moore, Russell, Southern Baptist Commission, Why the Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic About the Decision on Gay Marriage

Nance, Penny, Concerned Women for America, The Supreme Court Invalidates Millions of Votes, Imposes Same-Sex Marriage (June 26, 2015)

National Organization for Marriage, Statement following US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage (June 26, 2015)

Perkins, Tony, Supreme Deception (June 26, 2015)

Shephard, Stuart, CitizenLink, Why the Marriage Decision is Not Like Roe v. Wade (June 26, 2015)

Smith, William, FoxNews, America’s Post-Constitutional Culture (June 26, 2015)

Stonestreet, John, Breakpoint, The Supremes’ Ruling on Marriage (June 29, 2015)

Torre, Sara, Heritage Foundation, How to Preserve Religious Freedom After Supreme Court’s Activist Decision on Marriage (June 30, 2015)

Wallbuilders, Statement on the Supreme Court Decision (June 26, 2015)

Weiss, Daniel, Brushfires, Strangers in a Strange Land (June 30, 2015)

WFA president Julaine Applings Talks Wisconsin, Marriage Decision, and More on Wisconsin Eye

wisconsin eyeThis week Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, sat down with senior producer Steve Walters from WisconsinEye to discuss the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage, and how it could affect Wisconsin. She also lends insight into future plans for the organization as we move forward in The Badger State on issues of marriage, family, life, and religious liberty.

Click HERE to watch the interview on WisconsinEye.

Wisconsin Family Action Statement on US Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage

MADISON – This morning the US Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote, decided that every state must be party to the dismantling of society’s foundational institution.  Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, which has been involved with this issue and this legal process from their inception, issues the following statement regarding the Court’s opinion.

 

“Yesterday, the US Supreme Court showed us that they were not above legislating from the bench—not above making the law up as they go along.  That was on a manmade law. Today, they are tampering not with manmade law, but with an institution that predates all governments, all laws, and all constitutions. Read more here…

BREAKING: Supreme Court of the United States Redefines Marriage For Us All

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled that homosexual couples may legally marry in all 50 states. “Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.”

The vote came down 5-4 this morning with Chief Justice Thomas and Justices Scalia and Alito dissenting. Each of the four dissenters has written a dissent.

The e-version of the SCOTUS decision may be found HERE.

The Chief Justice has the principal dissent, which is 31 pages long. Toward the end of it, he says, “If you are among the many Americans–of whatever sexual orientation–who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

Justice Scalia writes, “If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”

WFA RESPONDS

Wisconsin Family Action press release may be found HERE.

 

RESOURCES: Take Action to Protect Your Church/Ministry

  • Marriage by Design, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2015 – “The #1 action for churches and faith-based ministries to take now that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether same-sex marriage is required by the constitution.”
  • Suggested Language for Church By-Laws, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2015 – “Suggestions to strengthen the by-laws of a church to ensure the broadest possible protections of church autonomy.”

RESOURCES: Analyses and Reactions to SCOTUS Hearings

Wisconsin Family Action: Wisconsin Family Action Issues Statement on US Supreme Court Hearing on Marriage (4/28/2015)

WFA president Julaine Appling: Thoughts on SCOTUS Hearings About Marriage

Alliance Defending Freedom:

Connelly, Kevin: Same-Sex Marriage Is Not a Fundamental Constitutional Right

Family Research Council (FRC): American People Will Not Accept Redefinition of Marriage (4/28/2015)

Perkins, Tony (FRC): Courting For Marriage: Left Tries to Woo SCOTUS (4/28/2015)

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Appling: Too Soon to Stop Praying About SCOTUS Decision on Marriage

Yesterday was the much-anticipated, and prayed for, Supreme Court trial on the redefinition of marriage between one man and one woman.

Our friends at Family Research Council provide this analysis and commentary:

Thousands of years of human history cannot be overruled by three hours of debate before nine imperfect people. But today that is the best liberals can hope for in the race to upend nature’s law — and nature’s God. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court, where the future of civilization was on trial, people from both sides of the marriage debate soaked in the sun while inside clouds gathered over the question that’s shadowed America for the last 11 years: does the court have a right to force same-sex “marriage” on every state in the union?

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WFA president Julaine Appling

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, weighs in, “I was encouraged by many aspects of Tuesday’s arguments. In several ways it was apparent to me that God heard the prayers of His people.” Appling continued, “I believe a strong case was made for “we the people” in the states to be able to decide this matter. However, it’s too soon to stop praying about this. We have 2 months before the opinion is released. Again, with God nothing is impossible.”

>>>>>Read more reactions to yesterday’s SCOTUS trial and oral arguments HERE.

Wisconsin Family Action Issues Statement on US Supreme Court Hearing on Marriage

MADISON – This morning the US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in four cases related to the definition of marriage. The now-consolidated cases come from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The high court decided to hear these cases after the 6th Circuit became the first circuit court in the country ruling that states do have the right to determine for themselves what marriage will be and have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. Read more

RESOURCES: Nationwide Reaction From the Churches

2015, April 23 (USCCB) Faith leaders reaffirm commitment to marriage and religious freedom

2015, April 3 Obergefell v. Hodges  A group of major religious organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, debunks the fallacious claim that ill-will toward same-sex couples motivate man-woman marriage laws, and their brief explains that constitutionally redefining marriage poses a grave threat to religious liberty.

2015, April 16 Christian Post Conservative Anglicans Discuss Breaking Apart from Church of England Over Gay Marriage, Women Bishops, ways to take action, calls to prayer from organizations

2015, April 16 Life Site News The Orthodox Church strongly endorses the March for Marriage, encourages all faithful to participate

2015, April 22 Church of God in Christ Issues Letter in Support of March for Marriage HERE

RESOURCES: Friend of the Court Briefs

Listed below are links to friend-of-the-court briefs (amici curiae) that have been filed in support of traditional marriage.

CLICK HERE for friend-of-the-court brief that Wisconsin Family Action is a part of.

CLICK HERE for friend-of-the-court brief that Wisconsin Representative Glenn Grothman (R-CD6) signed on to.

CLICK HERE for friend-of-the-court brief from Republican national leaders.

CLICK HERE for group of 100 marriage scholars who project the consequences of redefining marriage. (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for group of scholars who support the welfare of women, children and underprivileged populations that offer projections about the long-term effects of redefining marriage. (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for a group of 15 states whose citizens have affirmed marriage as the union of a man and woman that discusses the importance of permitting the people of each state to determine the future of marriage themselves. (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for a group of 57 members of the US Senate and House of Representatives that explain that well-established federalism principles, which exist to preserve individual liberty, foreclose efforts to use the Constitution to redefine marriage in all 50 states. (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for a group of major religious organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that debunks the fallacious claim that ill-will toward same-sex couples motivate man-woman marriage laws, and their brief explains that constitutionally redefining marriage poses a grave threat to religious liberty. (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for a group of organizations and scholars led by the American College of Pediatricians that shows that of the eight total large-scale studies that purport to evaluate the welfare of children raised by same-sex couples, the four most recent “find that children with same-sex parents suffer substantially reduced well-being.” (via ADF)

CLICK HERE for a group of 21 same-sex-attracted men and their wives that discusses the harm that a ruling against the challenged marriage laws would have on them and their families.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of current friend-of-the-court briefs filed both for and against traditional marriage.

SIGN THE PLEDGE to Pray for Marriage!

Pray for Marriage

Pray for Marriage

We need to pray that God will rule and over-rule in the hearts and minds of the Supreme Court justices:  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.  Court observers say this decision will very likely come down to how Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts vote.

Pray for the attorneys who are defending God’s plan for marriage—that they will have strength, health, wisdom, the very best arguments presented in the very best way, insight, courage, and appropriate boldness.

Pray that God will confuse the minds and the words of those attorneys who are arguing to redefine marriage.

Pray that church leaders all across the country will speak up knowledgeably and wisely on this issue, helping their people to understand this is not a political issue but a biblical issue.

In the absence of any elected official or any ministry leader calling the state to prayer, we are honored to do so. At the end of this, God may choose to allow His institution of marriage to be dishonored in our country—or He may because of the persistent and passionate prayers of His people give us yet more grace.  Regardless of the outcome, our responsibility as Christians is to faithfully pray. Will you join us?

CLICK HERE to read our Pledge to Pray for Marriage and make the commitment today!

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