Press Release  Marriage

ERLC Files Amicus Brief in Support of States’ Biblical Marriage Laws

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 13, 2014The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention filed an amicus brief with a coalition of religious groups in support of the people of Utah and Oklahoma as the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits them from preserving the husband-wife definition of marriage.

The voices of millions of Americans are represented in the broad cross-section of faith communities that join in this brief, says an amicus brief filed by a diverse group of religious leaders. Our theological perspectives, though often differing, converge on a critical point: that the traditional, husband-wife definition of marriage is vital to the welfare of children, families and society.

Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, comments on the decision to challenge the states marriage laws:

The government shouldn’t subvert the democratic process in a quest to institutionalize the sexual revolution. The fact that this is happening in Utah and Oklahoma should send a signal to our churches that the struggle for soul freedom and religious liberty should concern all of us, everywhere, all the time.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 15.9 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

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