FRANKLIN, Tenn. (November 6, 2014) – The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals injected a much-needed measure of judicial and constitutional sanity into the debate over the purpose of marriage laws and the nature of the institution.  

The Court’s majority, in a refreshing demonstration of judicial restraint, rightly said that for judges to “constitutionalize” changing social mores by forcing a new definition of marriage on the people was wrong. They recognized the obvious, that writing a definition of marriage into the constitution “converts federal judges from interpreters of the [Constitution] into newly commissioned authors of it.”

I cannot agree more with their statement that “judicial humility” requires them not to call “irrational” a view of marriage “shared by most, if not, all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States.”

And, thankfully, the Court exposed the “love and commitment definition of marriage” advanced by homosexual activist for what it is—a definition that must eventually lead to “plural marriages” because “three or four adults, whether gay, bisexual, or straight” can be in love and commit to one another.

The reasoning of the majority judges on the Sixth Circuit constitutes a strong rebuke to those judges in other Circuits who wrongly believe that the majority of Americans cannot and should not be allowed to govern themselves in these matters.

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