In the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court decisions on
California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, pastors
are being challenged to pick up the banner and continue to fight
for traditional, biblical marriage.
The court sent Prop. 8 back to state courts saying supporters of
the constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one
woman do not have legal standing. In a separate ruling on
Wednesday, DOMA - in part - was declared unconstitutional. (
See earlier article) Both were 5-4 decisions.
Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of
African-American Pastors, fears the rulings will only
accelerate the erosion he sees in communities that are "already
plagued with problems" and he believes is occurring in society in
"It appears that society, the president, [and] the court did not
think about the children and history," he tells OneNewsNow. "No
society has sustained itself when they started this type of
downward moral path."
Owens goes on to say that people of faith should no longer
slumber on the issue. "The church didn't step up to bat on this,"
he states. "It is a wakeup call - and the people have not been
awakened the way they're going to be awakened when they see the
consequences of this type of ruling."
While the high court in its rulings did not legalize homosexual
"marriage," it also did not define marriage as between a man and a
woman. Owens says traditional marriage needs to be protected, and
that his organization is going to become more aggressive -
especially in challenging pastors.
More reaction ...
A traditional marriage group says all isn't lost in light of
Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions sending Prop. 8 back to the
courts and declaring part of DOMA unconstitutional.
Staver: Expect more litigation
Legal analysts such as Mat Staver at Liberty Counsel
believe the Supreme Court's decision striking down part of the
Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional will mean lawyers on
both sides of the issue will be headed back to court.
"I think the decision by the federal Supreme Court with regards
to DOMA is going to cause a lot of litigation in states, for
example, that already affirm marriage as one man and one woman," he
tells OneNewsNow. "When someone comes to that state and has a
same-sex marriage from another state, that's going to cause
"I think there's going to be direct attacks against the other
constitutional marriage amendments using this particular
Staver says the floodgates have been opened, but encourages
people who believe in moral values to take a stand. He adds that
the only way the court decision becomes legitimate is if people
accept it and do not fight against it.
"First of all, I think we have to put away the white flags,"
says National Organization for Marriage spokesman
Thomas Peters. "You know, we had two narrow Supreme Court decisions
handed down. They're both wrong, but they're not disastrous for us.
There's a clear path forward in Congress and the states and in the
hearts and minds of our neighbors on protecting the true definition
Thomas says homosexual rights activists wanted a redefinition of
marriage from the court but didn't get it.
And while the two Supreme Court decisions left little room for
celebration for either side of the marriage argument, Liberty Counsel
founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow that he found something
disturbing in the majority opinion:
"Justice [Anthony] Kennedy essentially said that anyone who
believes in marriage as one man and one woman - an institution that
predates, in fact, religion and all civil authorities, that
transcends time and history and space and culture and ethnicities -
that anyone who believes in that institution as one man and one
woman has to be a bigot, has to be someone who is mean-spirited, is
demeaning, and is frankly an enemy of humanity."
Staver considers that insulting to all Americans and to states
that have passed constitutional marriage amendments. He believes
the decision will lead to more court challenges in the states.