If you’ve had access to television, internet, or newspapers in the past months, you probably are aware that the Supreme Court heard arguments in marriage equality cases on Tuesday. If you’re not caught up on that, the Supreme Court will likely release a decision in June determining whether states are required to allow same-sex couples to wed, and, if not, whether states must recognize such a marriage if it takes place legally in another state.
Opponents of marriage equality have signed petitions, asking the court to deny couples these rights. In the case of one particular petition, signers declare that they will ignore the court’s ruling, if it should rule in favor of marriage equality.
We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.
We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.
Of course, for the average individual to cross his arms and stick out his tongue and refuse to comply with the ruling does little harm — after all, the average individual isn’t in the business of supplying marriage licenses or acting on the behalf of the state to recognize or reject marriages. Many signatures are from pastors or leaders of faith groups, who have no obligation to perform any marriage that they object to.
However, there are also a number of elected officials on the list, which is of greater concern. These officials, who have sworn to uphold the law, are declaring here that they will starkly defy the law, if the Supreme Court’s determination of that law is in favor of marriage equality. An incomplete list of ‘key signers’ can be found here. Below are a few elected officials who appear on the list.
- Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
- Former Governor and possible upcoming Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee
- Gary Glenn, Michigan House of Representatives
- Scott Craig, South Dakota House of Representatives
- Tom Delay, former Republican House Majority Leader
There are also a few reality stars on the list: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and Jason and David Benham, none of whom come as any surprise.
While many elected officials are still championing the anti-equality cause, those who appear on this list are of special concern, because they have clearly and openly stated that they will defy the U.S. Constitution, if the Supreme Court should interpret it to require marriage equality.