Social conservatives: We'll defy a SCOTUS ruling in favor of gay marriage

A coalition of conservatives say that "the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage"

Published June 24, 2013 1:01PM (EDT)

A coalition of social conservative activists say that they'll defy any Supreme Court ruling that comes down in favor of same-sex marriage, though it's so far unclear how they would do so.

As Raw Story first pointed out, over 200 conservative activists released a letter under the name "Freedom Federation," writing that "Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the institution of marriage will be further undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children."

The letter continues that "Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage," and "As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross."

The activists who signed the letter include Mat Staver, who chairs the Liberty Counsel, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily.

The Supreme Court is set to hand down rulings on DOMA, the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes of receiving federal benefits, and Proposition 8, California's law that bans same-sex marriages, before the end of June.

By Jillian Rayfield

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