Conservatives React to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: The Fight Is Not Over

By Penny Starr | June 26, 2015 | 1:34pm EDT
Supporters of Utah's same-sex marriage ban gather at the Utah State Capitol Friday, April 11, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo)

( – Conservatives were united in their response to a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court issued on Friday giving same-sex couples a right to marry: the fight to preserve traditional marriage is not over.

“By inventing a constitutional right to gay marriage, the Court has now put our fundamental right to religious liberty in jeopardy,” Frank Cannon, president of American Principles in Action said in a statement. “The fight for religious liberty is now even more important.

“The fight continues,” Cannon said. “It’s not over.”

"With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America's cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement. "Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision.

“Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein,” Perkins said.

"We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman," Perkins said.

"Unfortunately, today’s decision creates the scenario where our fellow Americans will likely be asked to cease to follow the dictates of their faith or else leave the public square and close up their schools and hospitals,” Grazie Christie of The Catholic Association said in a statement. “This would be pure tyranny.

“The impulse toward bullying religious institutions and men and women of conscience must be resisted,” Christie said.

 “Redefining marriage to make it a genderless institution fundamentally changes marriage,” Ryan Anderson, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said in a statement. “It makes the relationship more about the desires of adults than about the needs, or the rights, of children. It promotes the lie that mothers and fathers are interchangeable.

“There is an urgent need for policy to ensure the government never penalizes anyone for standing up for marriage,” Ryan said. “We must work to protect the freedom of speech, association, and religion of those who continue to abide by the truth of marriage as one man and one woman.”

“Sister Lucia of Fatima related to Cardinal Carlo Caraffa that ‘the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a statement. “’Don’t be afraid,’ she added, ‘because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.’

“And then she concluded: ‘However, Our Lady has already crushed its head,’” Brown said.

“American Life League strongly opposes all attacks against the dignity of innocent human life and the sanctity of marriage, and will continue the hard work of rebuilding our culture from the ashes of its destruction,” Brown said.

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