Statement from Frank Wright, Ph.D., president and CEO of D. James Kennedy Ministries (June 26, 2015): As you likely know by now the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision and with a majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, has held that all 50 states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to recognize so-called same-sex marriages performed in other states. The same justice who suddenly discovered a so-called right to homosexual sodomy, more than 200 years after the ratification of the Constitution, now claims to have discovered a right to a so-called marriage between same sex couples. In his decision, Kennedy writes: “The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest.” These are the words – not of a judge – but of some kind of self-appointed philosopherking. Justice Kennedy and the four other justices who joined him in this decision, see themselves as being tasked with handing down new rules for a new society of their own creation—a society at odds with all of human history. We must not shrink from calling this what it is: nothing more than arrogance, mendacity, and tyranny. Kennedy in his arrogance dares to quote Alexis de Tocqueville, who said, “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is so much respected as in America . . .” Yet Kennedy says this in the process of completely undoing and redefining the very thing Tocqueville was extolling. Where we once had, by the design of the Founding Fathers, a nation of laws, we now have a nation essentially governed by the personal preferences of one justice, the Court’s swing vote, Anthony Kennedy. When the fundamental intuitions of a society rest on the mood of one person, we have now the very definition of tyranny. It hasn’t come with guns and prisons – at least not yet. Instead, this tyranny has come with robes and with gavels. This is simply the latest car in a long train of such abuses from the Supreme Court. Beginning with its unilateral decision to impose secularity on schools, to its imposition of abortion on demand, from its discovery of a constitutional right to sodomy, on to its rewriting and implementation of a deeply unpopular health care law, the court has adopted the supposed words of Pharaohs: So let it be written; so let it be done. In the words of Justice Scalia, “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.” In reality, this ruling actually cheapens marriage in this nation by construing it primarily as a union aimed at personal happiness. But when God established marriage, he did so for the primary purpose that one man and one woman should be one flesh, and should go forth and multiply—something entirely impossible under the Court’s novel and illogical redefinition of marriage. And let me be clear that, contrary to Justice Kennedy, we bear no animus to same-sex couples or to any other. We want all men and women to fully understand the wondrous grace of God offered to us through the Person and work Jesus Christ. So, let us take heart. Just as a court that overrules the law of gravity cannot actually undo that reality, neither can the Supreme Court re-construct marriage according to its own whims. God Himself created marriage, and so-called same-sex marriage will always be a counterfeit – no matter what our robed masters in Washington are saying today. As for us, we will continue to uphold true marriage, and will continue to refuse recognition of the Supreme Court’s counterfeit version. To paraphrase Martin Luther: Here we stand; we can do no other.