Statement by FACT President David Fowler on U.S. Judge Trauger’s Ruling Ordering Tennessee to Recognize 3 Same-Sex Marriages

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (March 14, 2014) – David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, issued a statement in response to today’s decision by  U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ordering the State of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state advances through the federal courts:

While today’s decision by federal Judge Trauger is not a final ruling, she has clearly signaled her intent to continue the war by unelected federal judges against the rights of states and the citizens of that state to determine what its policies regarding marriage should be.

In stating her intent to require Tennessee to recognize out of state marriages involving two individuals of the same sex, Judge Trauger only got one thing right — that her ruling will thwart “democratically enacted laws” that were “overwhelmingly” approved by 80% of Tennessee voters.

If Judge Trauger continues on her present course and strikes down our marriage law, we trust that our state’s Attorney General will pursue an immediate appeal to rectify this assault on the will of the people, the rights of our state, and the institution of marriage.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family.

FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.

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