Rev. Franklin Graham. (Screenshot: FNC)
In reaction to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling declaring homosexual marriage a right, evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham said no "manmade court" could redefine what was established by God, and added that he will pray to God to "spare America from His judgment" although there apparently are fewer and fewer reasons to delay chastisement.
"The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states," said Rev. Graham in a June 26 post on Facebook. "With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it."
The reverend continued, "Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24)."
"I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so," said the reverend.
A June 26, 2015 Facebook post by Rev. Franklin Graham.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court said that under the 14th Amendment same-sex couples had a right to marry and their marriages had to be recognized in all the states. The majority opinion was written by the liberals on the court: Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. The four conservatives on the court dissented: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
"The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment," said Roberts in his dissenting opinion. "The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court's precedent. Just who do we think we are?"
In his dissent, Justice Alito warned that the decision to allow homosexual marriage will result in persecution of those who support the tradition that marriage is only between one man and one woman. The court's ruling, he said, "will be used to villify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.
"I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools," said Justice Alito.
Franklin Graham, 62, is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and son of world-renowned Christian pastor Billy Graham. He is married and has five children and resides in Boone, N.C.