The Florida Marriage Amendment which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and which was passed by millions of Floridians has been overturned by a handful of judges.
ORLANDO, FL–The Eleventh Circuit US Court of Appeals panel in Atlanta, GA announced Wednesday that a judicial stay in Florida’s federal same-sex marriage case will expire on January 5, 2015 overturning Florida’s marriage amendment likely ensuring that same-sex couples will be allowed to receive marriage licenses in the state the following day. Florida Family Policy Council, President John Stemberger issued the following statement:
“The court today is wrong. The court was also wrong years ago in Dred Scott when it ruled that Blacks were not persons. The courts will never have the final word on an institution as fundamental to the human experience as marriage. You simply cannot build a civilization without natural marriage.
Today, we grieve. We grieve for the children who now have no chance of growing up with both a mom and a dad. We mourn the loss of a culture and its ethical foundation. We mourn for a culture that continues to turn its back on timeless principles.
The state has an interest in defining, protecting and promoting natural marriage and as long as we have breath, even if it takes 20, 30 or 50 years, we will never give up on this issue.
We may grieve today, but we will not despair. We will not throw in the towel. We will not give up.
Just as we have worked for decades and are rebuilding a culture of life, in spite of Roe v Wade, we will also work to rebuild a culture of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Natural marriage will never be on the wrong side of history because it’s rooted in the human experience. A little boy who longs to have a father in the inner city – that will never be on the wrong side of history. The little girl who has two dads and doesn’t have a mom and she wants someone to guide her through the changes that a woman’s body goes through – that’s never going to be on the wrong side of history. And the beauty of how a man and woman come together and life is born, that’s never going to be on the wrong side of history.”
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For more information, contact Cathy Gradine at 407-251-5130 or Media@FLfamily.org