Minneapolis--In a 5-4 decision with all four dissenting justices writing separate dissents, the Supreme Court today stripped Americans of the freedom to democratically address one of the most important social issues of the day by creating a constitutional "right" to same-sex "marriage" in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision.
But the Court, and those who celebrate today's decision, can be sure that the debate over marriage in America is far from over.
Tens of millions of Americans in 31 states voted to preserve a millennia-old definition of marriage, and tens of millions of Americans in all 50 states, including Minnesota, simply cannot define marriage as anything but the union of one man and one woman because of their sincere faith.
John Helmberger, Minnesota Family Council CEO, who today celebrates his 39th wedding anniversary with his wife Randa, said: "Now that five justices on the Supreme Court have forced a redefinition of marriage on tens of millions of Americans, will there be tolerance for those whose faith still teaches that marriage is the union of a man and a woman?"
Just as many thought wrongly that Roe v. Wade would end the debate over abortion, Obergefell v. Hodges will not end the debate over marriage in America. Similarly, just as many thought incorrectly that people of faith would "get over" their belief in the sanctity of human life beginning at conception, people of faith simply cannot "get over" their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Helmberger further explained the devastating consequences today's ruling heaps upon children: "Rather than helping children as the Court suggested, today's ruling further weakens the institution of marriage by making it about the desires of adults, rather than the good of children. The Court placed government's stamp of approval on a romanticized version of "marriage," which is incomplete at best and intentionally deprives children of either a mother or a father."
The Court's ruling today heightens the need for Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act at the federal level, and for the Minnesota Legislature to pass religious freedom protections like Senator Paul Gazelka's Marriage & Conscience Protection Act at the state level, to ensure that people of faith aren't forced by the government to violate their beliefs about marriage.