Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) appeared on the Family Research Council's radio show 'Washington Watch' on Wednesday and explained to host Tony Perkins why marriage is “not a civil liberty” and why gay people should not be allowed to marry (audio below).
"This is not about marriage, it’s not a civil liberty, it’s an institution, it’s above, it’s something that God has created and is a cornerstone of civil society," said Rep. Stutzman, reports RightWingWatch.org.
However, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. in 1967 in an unanimous decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote: "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival."
Rep. Stutzman also told Perkins: "It’s vitally important that we protect marriage as something unique, something that is to be protected because of all of the other benefits of the family unit together, all of those things that come with marriage and a family unit, whether it is mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, all of those things are tied up in this institution that God has created in marriage."
"I think that if we don’t stand up and speak up and speak out about this important issue, if we lose that we’re going to see grave consequences to the family unit."
Sources: RightWingWatch.org and Wikipedia.org