FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 28, 2015) – The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

The oral arguments today on marriage and the decision that will ultimately flow from them will have the potential to forever change the way we understand the Constitution and the principle of federalism and states’ rights.

Since our nation’s founding, states have defined marriage as a man and a woman, and if the Supreme Court is going to alter this understanding of states’ rights, then they owe it to the millions of Americans who have voted to define marriage as one man and one woman to tell us what that new definition of marriage is. And they owe it to the judges and the state legislative bodies, because they will be left to grapple with the arguments for polygamous and polyandrous marriages that are sure to come.

For the Court to only tell the states that they can no longer define marriage as a man and a woman without telling them what the new definition is will be a dereliction of their duty.

Mr. Fowler, when a state Senator, sponsored the amendment to Tennessee’s constitution that defined marriage as one man and one woman, and the Family Action Council of Tennessee organized the campaign that led to the passage of the Amendment by 81% of the vote.

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

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