Dozens of Christian Leaders will not Cross that Line if Marriage Re-defined

This coming week is the week the U.S. Supreme Court will review two crucial decision on marriage. Hopefully the High Court will beat back attacks on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and restore the vote of 7 million California voters upholding the Proposition 8 marriage amendment — only to have one biased, homosexual judge over-ride their votes. Dozens of Christian leaders have signed the following letter to demonstrate that even if the Court foolishly redefines marriage against the majority of Americans who believe marriage is the union of one man one woman they will not cross that line. Read their letter below:

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the 0institution of marriage will be further undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court 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.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build
an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

Mathew Staver
Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
Co-drafter
Deacon Keith Fournier
Common Good Alliance
Catholic Online
Co-drafter
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD
National Representative
Catholics United for Life
Hon. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United
Nations on Human Rights
Anita Staver
President
Liberty Counsel
James Robison
LIFE Outreach International
Fr. Randolph W. Sly
Common Good Foundation
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
President, National Pro-Life Religious Council
Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse
American Orthodox Institute
Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council
James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder
Family Talk Action
William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army
President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Moody Church – Chicago, IL
Colin A Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring
Dr. Ché Ahn
Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA
President, Harvest International Ministry
International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute
Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President
Regent University
Dr. Richard Land, President
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Paige Patterson, President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Governor Mike Huckabee
National TV & Radio Host
Ron Luce, Founder
Teen Mania
Bill Donohue, President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Betty Robison,Co-Host
LIFE Today Television
Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles
Rick Joyner, President
The Oak Initiative
Rick Scarborough, President
Vision America Action
Dr. Carl Herbster, President
Advance USA
Dr. Alveda C. King, President
Alveda King Ministries
Star Parker, President
CURE

Ruth Graham, President
Ruth Graham Ministries
Tim Clinton, President
American Association of Christian Counselors
Dr. Keith Wiebe, President
American Association of Christian Schools
Bill Johnson, President
American Decency Association
Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association
Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder
American Prayer Initiative
Gary L. Bauer, President
American Values
Tom Hoefling, Chairman
America’s Party
Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor
Antioch Bible Church
Andrew Wommack
Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.
Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent
A/G – Southern Pacific District
Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr
A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District
Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia
Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM
Al Kresta, President and CEO
Ave Maria Radio
Sue Ek, Executive Director
BOMA-USA
Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News
President, ComunicadoresUSA
Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach
Dr. Mike Spaulding
Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH
Steve Strang, Founder & CEO
Charisma Media
Matt Smith, President
Catholic Advocate
Sue Trombino, Founder
Women Impacting the Nation
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President
High Impact Leadership Coalition
Daniel Hite, Pastor
Christian Family Fellowship
Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D.
Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN
Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop
Church of God Northeast Spanish Region
Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor
City of Sanger, CA
Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director
Coalition of Conscience
Terry Kemple, President
Community Issues Council
Penny Nance, CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson,
President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Rick Ryan, Director
Convoy of Hope Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL
The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus
Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas
Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor
Christ Fellowship
Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP
Christ for the City International
Marcus Lamb
Daystar Television Network
Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor
Diplomat Wesleyan Church
Cape Coral, FL
Shannon M. Jones, President
CatechismClass.com
M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament
Denver Seminary
Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow
Discovery Institute
George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors
Eagle Mountain International Church
Andrew Haines, Editor
Ethika Politika
Gary Marx, E. D.
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Ralph Reed, Chairman
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Stephen Broden
Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship
Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas
Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
Newton, Ohio
Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor
First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor
First Baptist Church Dallas, TX
Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor
First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA
Pat Andrews, President Florida Eagle Forum
John Stemberger, President
Florida Family Policy Council
Norman Blanton, Pastor
Foursquare Church
Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe
Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law
Patrick Lee
Director of Institute of Bioethics
Franciscan University of Steubeniville
Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL
John Meador, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Euless, TX
Don Worden
Pastor of Church Administration and Missions
First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida
Steve Dulin, Elder
Gateway Church
Robert Morris, Senior Pastor
Gateway Church
Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres.
Exxon Mobil
Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders
Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church
Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors
Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL
Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor
Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County
Mark Andrews, President Heartland Research Corporation
Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ
Dr. Carl Herbster, President
Center to Advance the USA
Patricia Sullivan
Women Impacting the Nation
Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor
Hillsdale Baptist Church
Jesse Rincones, Executive Director
Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor
Iglesia De Dios De Auburn
Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles
David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor
International Church of Las Vegas
Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor
Jesus Worship Center
Phillip L. Jauregui, President
Judicial Action Group
Eugene J. Zurlo
KCHS Radio
John Kirkwood, Pastor Grace Gospel Fellowship
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Founder and Co-Founder,
Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister
Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.
Steve Smothermon, Pastor Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM
Dean Shawn Akers
Liberty University
Helms School of Government
Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives
Liberty University School of Law
Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director
Life Education and Resource Networks
Gene Mills, President
Louisiana Family Forum
Dr. María M. Hermida, President
Magda Hermida Ministries
Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor
Maranatha Minneapolis Church
Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC
Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO
MarriageToday
Linda Harvey, Host Mission America
Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO
Morality in Media
Steven Frakes, Pastor
Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL
Jeff Pollard, Pastor
Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr
Movie Guide
Rev. Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross
Oklahoma City Chapter Director
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Steve Noble, Host
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Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Gene Pierce, Executive Director
Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition
Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor
Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK
Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40
Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor
Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA
Jim Garlow, Founding Director
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Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary
Papal Foundation
Janet Parshall
Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
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Pennsylvania Catholics Network
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Pennsylvania Catholics Network
Ted Meehan, Executive Director
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Advisory Board
Pennsylvania Catholics Network
Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente
La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial
Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD
Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Sonja Corbitt, Founder
PursuingtheSummit.com
Dr. Moses Mercedes, President
Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member
Rev. Paul Blair
Reclaiming America for Christ
Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder
Regina Academies, Philadelphia
William J. Murray, Chairman
Religious Freedom Coalition
Matt C. Abbott
RenewAmerica.com
Stephen Stone, President
RenewAmerica
Rev. Paul Blair
Renewing America for Christ
Richard Wilson, Pastor Revival Outreach Center
Rev. Dale M. Glading, President
Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran,
Founder & President
Roever Foundation
Tony Calatayud, National Director Salem Espanol
Dran Reese
Salt and Light Council
Jose L. González, President
Semilla

Chris J. Montelongo, Administrator
Tabernacle of Praise Christian Center
Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Daniel de Leon, Senior Pastor
Templo Calvario Church
Erwin Guevara, Pastor
Victory Christian Center – Boca Raton
Dave Welch, Exec. Dir.
TX Pastor Council
Dr. Gary M. Benedict, President
The Christian and Missionary Alliance
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Founder, The Pray In Jesus Name Project
Rev. Andrew S. Doan, Sr. Pastor
The Solid Rock Church – Winter Haven, FL
Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D., Founder/ President
The Frederick Douglass Foundation
Fmr Vice Chairman, NC Republican Party
Steven W. Fitschen, President
The National Legal Foundation
Velasquez Group Productions
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The Urban Alternative
Morton Blackwell, Chairman
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Father James F. Kauffmann, Pastor
Saint Benedict Parish
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Rev. Abraham Hernandez
V. P. Northeast Region
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Mike Valerio
Helen and Mike Valerio Charitable Trust
Harold Velasquez, President/CEO
Velasquez Group Productions
Dr. G. Antonio Smart, Pastor
Victory Baptist Church of Tampa
Rev Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman
Traditional Values Coalition
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Tom Peterson, President and Founder
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Robert R. Reilly, Former President
Voice of America
Rev. Nicholas Woodbury, Director Latin America Mission
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Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan
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Diane Gramley, President
American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Peter LaBarbera, President
Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
Donna Rogers, Founder of Angel of Love and Light Ministries
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Center for Religious Liberty
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LifeCare SouthShore
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Oklahoma, House District 84
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