Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to accept appeals in marriage cases involving the five states of Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin:
“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up the lower court rulings undermines both marriage and the rule of law, and it effectively silences millions of Americans in these states that have supported marriage as the unique union of one man and one woman. But for Texas, the decision today means that the redefinition of marriage will not be forced on our state at this time. The U. S. Supreme Court has simply refused to make a decision on this issue so Texas still retains the right to define marriage as one man and one woman while the marriage cases in Texas and Louisiana are on appeal.
The decision makes Texas even more important in the effort to uphold marriage as many believe that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will uphold our marriage laws as we expect that it will. We also expect the Texas Supreme Court to rule very soon in favor of marriage in a case that seeks to redefine marriage for divorce. Redefining marriage comes at a high cost: it costs kids either a mom or a dad (who are not interchangeable), and it costs people of faith their First Amendment religious freedom rights as government imposes the new definition across all aspects of society. Make no mistake, Texas will lead the effort to defend marriage and uphold the will of the people.”
Over 23,000 signatures have been collected in favor of marriage between one man and one woman in Texas at TexasMarriageDeclaration.com.
To read Texas Values’ Fifth Circuit amicus brief click here.