(CNSNews.com) -- Janice Shaw Crouse, executive director of the World Congress of Families IX, which will be held in Salt Lake City in October, assailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing gay marriage, warning that the “consequences will be as dire as those attending Roe v. Wade,” which legalized abortion.
"Almost 60 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion since the Court's flawed ruling on Roe v. Wade in 1973," Crouse, author of Marriage Matters, said in a statement.
"Now, with this ruling, the Court is undermining what the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges as government's fundamental duty to protect children by protecting the natural family. It denies the right of children to a mother and father, and the consequences will be as dire as those attending Roe v. Wade, perhaps even more so."
"The natural family was here long before the Supreme Court - long before governments - and it will be here long after they are gone," Crouse said in reaction to the court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision released on Friday.
“The Supreme Court cannot by dictate erase every child's need - every child's right - to a mother and a father," Crouse said.
“If the Court does not recognize this basic element of human ecology—then we must energize an effective cultural movement to protect our children and our future by defending the rights of the most vulnerable, and help our societies rediscover and reclaim the benefits of this uniquely sustainable and beneficial structure.”
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, also referenced the Roe v. Wade decision when he said: “Once again, five Supreme Court justices have invented a right that is nowhere mentioned or implied in the U.S. Constitution. Instead of allowing the states the right to make decisions about marriage, these judges have elected to impose their will on the nation.”
“For people of faith, this decision is ominous,” Donohue said.
Steve Crampton, co-author of an amicus brief in the case for the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, also warned that the court’s redefinition of marriage and family – the basic unit of society – will have serious repercussions both legally and culturally.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision purporting to redefine the institution of marriage will be regarded by many Americans as a grave aberration that obliterates the borderline between the rule of law and policy-making.
"Natural marriage – the union of one man and one woman – is the foundation for a stable, fruitful civil society. Without it, societies are prone to crumble.
"The Constitution does not authorize the Court to redefine marriage, nor to rob the people of their right of self-governance – to debate and determine for themselves what laws will govern," Crampton said. "This is not justice. It is sheer judicial activism and politics run amok."
“Sadly, our nation’s highest Court, which should be a symbol of justice, has chosen instead to be a tool of tyranny, elevating judicial will above the will of the people,” echoed American Family Association president Tim Wildmon.
“There is no doubt that this ruling will imperil religious liberty in America, as individuals of faith who uphold time-honored marriage and choose not to advocate for same-sex unions will now be viewed as extremists.
“But to the Court, we send this unequivocal message: We will continue to uphold God’s plan for marriage between one man and one woman, and we call on all Christians to continue to pray for the nation, and for those whose religious liberties will be directly impacted by this ruling.”