In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling Friday that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all 50 states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, numerous social conservative and religious groups are calling the court’s ruling an abuse of judicial power and a decision that could hurt religious liberty in America.
Among the numerous commenters, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrote in a statement that the court’s ruling violates the Constitution’s call for states to define their own marriage laws.
“Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature,” Perkins stated. “In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.”
“No court can overturn natural law,” Perkins added. “Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.”
Perkins also warned that the court’s ruling could send “our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.”