The Supreme Court hears a case this coming week, which prior to the last couple of decades would have seemed ludicrous: does the institution of marriage require a man and a woman? Anyone from a different era would laugh at the question.
In the past, the Supreme Court has upheld marriage as a foundational social institution that is necessarily defined as the union of one man and one woman:
- Marriage is “fundamental to the very existence and survival of the race.” Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535, 541 (1942).
- “An institution in the maintenance of which in its purity the public is deeply interested, for it is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.” Maynard v. Hill, 125 U. S. 190 (1888).
“Older than the Constitution and the laws of any nation, marriage is not a creation of any government, but it is an obvious relationship between one man and one woman. Marriage is a natural bond that society or religion can only ‘solemnize,’” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Christians are being urged to unite in fasting and prayer for three days before the Supreme Court hears the case – on April 23, 24 and 25.
At this point, prayer alone may save marriage and keep at bay the wrath of a just and Holy God.