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ADF comment on Supreme Court oral arguments in marriage cases

Published On: 10/18/2017

Video: Jordan Lorence, immediately after oral arguments, 2015-04-28 (0:12)

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments Tuesday in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases consolidated with it on the question of whether states should be allowed to continue to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws:

“The people of every state should remain free to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws. In today’s oral arguments, Justice Kennedy said that this definition has been with us for millennia and acknowledged that it is very difficult for the court to say, ‘Oh, well, we…know better.’ The bottom line is that nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage. As we approach decision day, we remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will follow what it has previously said – that states have the ‘essential authority to define the marital relation’ – and uphold the freedom of the people to affirm marriage as a man-woman union.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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