FRANKLIN, Tenn. (January 16, 2015) – The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

We are glad to hear that the Supreme Court will take up the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming marriage as the relationship between one man and one woman. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Supreme Court a proverbial blueprint for a proper constitutional analysis if the Justices will just follow it.

Hopefully the Supreme Court will realize, as pointed out by the Sixth Circuit, that its legal analysis will either allow states to define marriage as one man and one woman or constitutionally mandate that states recognize as a marriage any number of different combinations of relationships that people may want to have. The constitutional question necessarily means that this case is definitely not just about whether two people of the same sex can marry.

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