In a 5 to 4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states on June 26.
As expected, Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote, noted The New York Times.
While the ruling was met with cheering by pro-gay marriage supporters in Washington D.C. (video below), it was condemned by many in the religious right, some of whom openly questioned the court's authority.
Rev. Franklin Graham wrote on his Facebook page:
"...With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.
"...I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so."
Talking Points Memo notes that Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and self-identified Christian, said in a statement:
"The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do — redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat."
Todd Starnes, Fox News radio host and self-identified Christian, tweeted, "If you thought the cultural purge over the Confederate flag was breathtaking — wait until you see what LGBT activists do with Christians."
Concerned Women For America added:
"In one appalling decision, the Supreme Court has effectively opened the door to the criminalization of Christianity when it comes to the marriage issue ... and not just Christianity, but every major religion that supports God’s model for marriage and family."
American Family Association President Donald Wildmon said:
"But to the Court, we send this unequivocal message: We will continue to uphold God’s plan for marriage between one man and one woman, and we call on all Christians to continue to pray for the nation, and for those whose religious liberties will be directly impacted by this ruling."
Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas tweeted: "I love my mother & daughter. I'm w/them this minute. Would the SCOTUS interpretation of the Constitution let me marry them? Why or why not?"
Religion News Service writer Jonathan Merritt slyly tweeted: "BREAKING: After #SCOTUS ruling, millions of straight married conservative Christians shocked to find their marriages are still in tact."
Mark Woods wrote in ChristianToday.com:
"Evangelicals (and others) have got themselves into a knot because they think the state is trying to define Christian marriage. It isn't; it can't, and it never could. But the long history of Christendom has allowed Christians to think that the two are the same. Most Americans have always been keen on the separation of Church and state; well, now's the chance to find out whether you mean it.
"The real crisis facing family life, in America and in the U.K., is not gay marriage, but divorce and family breakdown. Now that the legal argument is over, perhaps the energies which have been poured into a needless and counter-productive battle can be more usefully directed."
Sources: Frankin Graham/Facebook, Talking Points Memo, American Family Association, Concerned Women For America, ChristianToday, Todd Starnes/Twitter, Eric Metaxas/Twitter, Jonathan Merritt/Twitter, The New York Times
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