"Rights come not from ancient sources alone. They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era," he wrote. "Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here. But when that sincere, personal opposition becomes enacted law and public policy, the necessary consequence is to put the imprimatur of the State itself on an exclusion that soon demeans or stigmatizes those whose own liberty is then denied."
The Thomas More Society, in a statement, vowed to defend the rights of those who speak out and stand up for marriage as the union of man and woman, freedom of speech and association, and free exercise of religious faith.
Steve Crampton, special counsel to the Thomas More Society, a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty, co-authored its amicus brief in the marriage cases collectively known as Obergefell v. Hodges. The Society’s brief argued that there is no basis in our Constitution for the Justices to redefine marriage, and that the jurisprudence under the 14th Amendment precluded any nationwide mandate for same-sex marriage.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision purporting to redefine the institution of marriage will be regarded by many Americans as a grave aberration that obliterates the borderline between the rule of law and policy-making," Crampton said. "Natural marriage—the union of one man and one woman—is the foundation for a stable, fruitful civil society. Without it, societies are prone to crumble. The Constitution does not authorize the Court to redefine marriage, nor to rob the people of their right of self-governance—to debate and determine for themselves what laws will govern. This is not justice. It is sheer judicial activism and politics run amok.”
Another law firm, Alliance Defending Freedom, issued a statement from Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell, saying: “The Supreme Court has stripped all Americans of our freedom to debate and decide marriage policy through the democratic process. The freedom to democratically address the most pressing social issues of the day is the heart of liberty. The court took that freedom from the people and overrode the considered judgment of tens of millions of Americans who recently reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The court cast aside the understanding of marriage’s nature and purpose that diverse cultures and faiths across the globe have embraced for millennia.”
Sherif Gergis, co-author of the 2012 book What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, commented:"I’m reminded of Thomas More’s Utopia: ‘You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds.’ The struggle for marriage is a struggle for children’s right to wake up under the same roof as their own mother and father. That we must not abandon."
“Let this be remembered as the day that it became official: The United States is no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of the will of the powerful," said said Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International. "When duly passed state laws can be reversed on a whim, giving the government power to redefine an institution that preceded it by thousands of years, we are a deeply, and now perhaps irrevocably, broken nation.
“With the same political powers who have been forcing this absurd redefinition of marriage now openly expressing their unwillingness to protect religious freedom, the stage is set for a cold civil war, with the battle lines running not from north to south, but through families, communities, businesses and institutions," Father Boquet continued. "This is not the first time the courts have rejected the law of nature and nature’s God, but it is perhaps the most flagrant such rejection, and it is time for Christians to realize that if they do not unite and fight now, that their very beliefs will be outlawed."