Marriage redefinition ‘a line we will not cross’

Monday, June 24, 2013
Charlie Butts (

Over 200 clergy and national leaders from different religious perspectives have declared war on the effort to destroy marriage.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release two major decisions on homosexual marriage, the leaders have signed a Marriage Solidarity Statement. The nation's highest court, says that statement, has no authority to redefine marriage:

"If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future."

Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel Action and one of the lead signatories to the statement, calls the declaration a historic moment by drawing a line in the sand, so to speak, declaring that marriage is only between one man and one woman.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)"If the Supreme Court or any other civil institution seeks to redefine marriage into something it cannot be, this is a line that we cannot and will not cross," he explains to OneNewsNow. "And we may be facing a clash of unprecedented proportions, but we cannot idly stand by."

Staver says marriage predates religion and predates all civil government, is part of the natural creative order, and no civil institution has the right or authority to redefine it.

"We say unequivocally that if the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or set the foundation to redefine marriage, that decision would be an illegitimate decision," he adds.

The Supreme Court has no police power, but the government does - and any redefinition of marriage, says the Marriage Solidarity Statement, would be enforced "with the police power of the state," bringing about "an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights."

The statement concludes: "As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve."

The list of signers reads like a "who's who" of ethnically-diverse denominational, ministry, academic, and pro-family leaders from across America.

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