Pastors Warn The Supreme Court Not To Legalize Gay Marriage

Chance Moschell

With the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality likely just days away, a group of pastors have started a petition against a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. In the petition, the pastors promise civil disobedience if the Supreme Court does, in fact, rule in favor of gay marriage. As the Christian Post reported, the signers of the pledge are prepared to resist any ruling contrary to their position and are willing to accept legal consequences.

"Those who signed the petition will resist all government efforts to require them to accept gay marriage. They will accept any fine or punishment — including jail time — to protect their religious freedom and the freedom of others."
"Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order."
"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. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. 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,"

Other key signers of the document included Rick Santorum, Rev. Rick Scarborough, and Bishop Harry R. Jackson. You can view the full list of key signers here.

The Supreme Court appeared split on redefining marriage during arguments. A Supreme Court decision is expected to come later this month.

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