“This flagrant and arrogant attack on God-ordained marriage and on the freedom of all Americans demands a response,” APN said in a press release Tuesday denouncing the rulings.
Sam Rohrer, APN’s president and a former Pennsylvania state representative, urged pastors and other Americans to support traditional marriage, telling CNSNews.com that they have the “duty and...responsibility to teach their people about civic freedom...as well as the spiritual...as our founding pastors did in this country.”
He also decried the fact that the courts are redefining marriage. “The judges making these rulings are making themselves the rule of law, throwing out higher moral law and totally disregarding higher civil law, which is our Constitution. That is tyranny and that is dangerous.”
“Our nation will not escape judgment simply because we are ‘America.’ God will not be mocked, and these are the sins that God will judge,” Rorher warned clerics. “Church walls will offer no protection if our freedoms are obliterated. We pray that pastors across America will boldly speak truth in a culture that rejects it.”
The pulpit call from APN, which describes itself as "a network of biblical and faith-based clergy", is in response to the overturning of Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban on May 19, and Pennsylvania’s ban on May 20. making them the 19th and 20th states to allow same-sex couples to marry.
In his ruling, Oregon U.S. District Judge Michael McShane maintained that “no legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage.”
Pennsylvania’s U.S. District Judge, John E. Jones III, concurred. “We are better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” he said in his ruling.
But defenders of traditional marriage between one man and one woman disagree.
In Oregon, the National Organization for Marriage has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend implementation of Judge McShane's ruling in preparation for future appeals.
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference denounced Judge Jones' ruling in a press release, stating that “every child has a basic right to a mother and a father united in marriage as a family….The redefinition of marriage enshrines in law a denial of the rights of children to a mother and a father united in marriage.”
Members of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania also created a petition on Tuesday asking Governor Tom Corbett ( R ) to challenge the ruling. However, Gov. Corbett said last week that he would not file an appeal in support of his state's same-sex marriage ban.