Reactions to the Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling
Tampering with 'society's DNA' or ensuring the 'continuing vitality of marriage'? Both sides weigh in.
The American Family Association
"This decision is on an order of magnitude that is beyond the capacity of words. The court has tampered with society's DNA, and the consequent mutation will reap unimaginable consequences for Massachusetts and our nation."
-Brian Fahling, Senior Trial Attorney, AFA Center for Law & Policy
Former Republican Presidential Candidate
"For anyone who has not understood the cultural struggle today, this is the perfect illustration. Four robed individuals are attempting to seize power from the people of Massachusetts and their elected officials and order a cultural outcome of their choosing...They are ordering the unprecedented destruction of marriage despite tremendous public support for the key building block of society....They would overturn thousands of years of accepted religious values and common sense principles regarding the institution of marriage and what is best for children and families, and pass the buck for designing this unprecedented destruction of a premier social institution."
The Family Research Council
"While we are certainly relieved that the court stopped short of granting marriage licenses to the homosexual couples demanding them, it is inexcusable for this court to force the state legislature to 'fix' its state constitution to make it comport with the pro-homosexual agenda of 4 court justices. This is THE wake-up call for both the American public and our elected officials. If we do not amend the Massachusetts State Constitution so that it explicitly protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and if we do not amend the U.S. Constitution with a federal marriage amendment that will protect marriage on the federal level, we will lose marriage in this nation. Marriage is about more than tax credits and other financial benefits. It is about preserving the best environment for raising children and the safest, healthiest living situation for adults. Without strong marriages as our bedrock, our nation will suffer a devastating blow. We must amend the Constitution if we are to stop a tyrannical judiciary from redefining marriage to the point of extinction."
-Tony Perkins, President
Christian Coalition of America
"It is reprehensible for left-wing judges, such as these four radical Massachusetts judges, to disregard the will of the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Traditional marriage is one of the last obstacles to the complete normalization of homosexuality in America."
-Roberta Combs, President