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After today's huge U.S. Supreme Court rulings concerning decisions on same-sex marriage, the American Family Association of Indiana responded with a decree of action.
"The Supreme Court's decision in no way took this important issue away from Indiana. The future of marriage matters, and it belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters, not the courts, not Hollywood, and not the activists seeking to change it from what it is and always has been -- the union of a man and a woman," said the Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana Micah Clark.
"Marriage is not just a law, it is a principle worthy of our protection. Throughout history, on every part of the globe, diverse cultures have honored the truth about marriage. There may be ceremonial differences, but marriage has always been between a man and a woman," Clark continued.
The U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling against a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by Congress regarding same-sex couples getting federal benefits in a 5-4 decision.
Although the ruling could be seen as a setback for those who are fighting for traditional marriage, the Family Association of America isn't giving up.
"It did not rewrite marriage for Indiana, It did not overturn other states' marriage amendments or laws preserving natural marriage beyond California. This debate surrounding the future of marriage is far from over," Clark said in a released statement.
The main focus of the decree is for people to understand the real meaning of marriage, and to know its importance and pace. They fear changing marriage would deny children, who need both a mom and a dad, and hope people will consider a child's upbringing in their stance.
"Homosexuals in all 50 states are free to live together, buy property together, enter contracts, and have their unions blessed by a religious community, but no one is entitled to redefine marriage for all of America. State marriage policies must draw a line somewhere. I am pleased that the Supreme Court recognized this truth and allowed state marriage amendments and laws recognizing the importance of a husband and a wife to stand," Clark told Christian Newswire.
The American Family Association of Indiana feel supporters of same-sex marriage are missing the mark by comparing same sex marriage to the civil rights movement.
"It is important to note that protecting marriage is not the same as interracial marriage laws of the past. Such laws were about keeping men and women apart. Marriage protection efforts are about keeping men and women together. While marriage must be color-blind, it cannot be gender-blind without harming children and society, because children need both a mom and a dad, regardless of their race," their statement said.