Religious Coalition Vows Not to Accept Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

By Penny Starr | June 10, 2015 | 3:07pm EDT
Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon and founder and president of the Common Good Foundation, spoke at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2015 about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. ( Starr)

( – In a full-page ad in the Washington Post on Wednesday a coalition of religious groups vowed they will not abide by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling if the majority of the nine justices decide that homosexuals have a constitutional right to marriage.

The ad, placed as an open letter to the high court justices and credited to the Common Good Foundation, the Liberty Counsel and Vision America Action, states: “We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon and founder and president of the Common Good Foundation, said on Tuesday at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., that the high court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges has unified people of faith.

“One of the silver linings of this dark cloud – and it is a dark cloud – is that we’re coming together,” Fournier said. “Evangelicals, Protestants out of the mainstream traditions, Catholics and Orthodox, and faithful Jews and other people of good will are coming together to stand up again for what cannot be changed – and that is the nature of marriage.”

“The court cannot change the nature of truth,” Fournier said.

“We implore the court to not step outside of its legitimate authority and unleash religious persecution and discrimination against people of faith,” the ad stated. “We will be forced to choose between the state and our conscience, which is informed by clear biblical and church doctrine and the natural created order.

“On this choice, we must pledge obedience to our creator,” the ad stated. “While there are many things we can endure, any attempt to redefine marriage is a line we cannot and will not cross.”

The ad asked people to go to the website and “Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage.”

The pledge included some of the same language that is in the ad, but also states that regulating marriage is different from redefining it.

“The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it,” the pledge stated, in part. “Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good.

“Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond,” the pledge stated. “Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State.

“No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has authority to redefine marriage,” the pledge stated.

The full-page ad features some of the “key signers,” which include David and Jason Benham, Ambassador Kenneth Blackwell, Alveda King, former Rep. Tom DeLay, Dr. James Dobson, Franklin Graham, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alan Keyes, Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, LTG (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, and Rev. Don Wildmon.

The ad concludes with Acts 5:29: “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”

A decision in the case is expected before the end of the month.

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