FRC Announces Plans To Make Protecting Marriage THE Issue Of 2004

WASHINGTON D.C. — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued the following remarks at the Marriage Protection Week press conference in Washington Thursday morning:

“We’re here this morning because we believe marriage; the very foundation of our nation is in danger. The Supreme Court of Vermont has imposed a counterfeit form of marriage on that state against the will of its people. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is poised to force the recognition of same-sex marriage on the people of that state as well. Such a ruling will no doubt open the floodgates of litigation demanding all fifty states recognize homosexual marriages.

“This is NOT happening because the American people want it. It is NOT happening because state legislators are voting for it. It is happening because of the black plague – From the Pledge of Allegiance to the Ten Commandments to the Do Not Call campaign – and NOW to the very institution of marriage – unelected judges in black robes are not only ruling against the wishes of the American people, they are overturning laws passed by the elected representatives of the people.

“The courts are treating marriage as if it were a Mr. Potato Head where individual preferences govern its makeup. Marriage has no interchangeable components – it’s between one man and one woman.

“There is only one way to stop this black plague. Our leaders in Congress and the executive branch must take a stand for marriage. To encourage elected officials to do that, Family Research Council today is announcing a “Marriage Protection Pledge” which we will be asking every lawmaker at the state and federal level to sign. The pledge defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. We believe this is THE issue of our time and Family Research Council will use every resource at its disposal to ensure pro-family voters know where the candidates stand as they enter the voting booth in 2004.”