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

We find it incredible that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused today to accept review of the marriage cases currently before it, while knowing that these cases present one of the most important social and cultural controversies in our lifetimes and, indeed, in all of American history.

But we know that time is not on the side of those who want to redefine marriage, as their temporary successes will only lead to a greater resolve by the majority of Americans who understand the real meaning and purpose of marriage to have their voices heard, especially as they see lower court judges continue to undermine the rule of law and erode their religious freedoms.

While the Supreme Court will not be considering the rulings by these federal circuit courts at this time, we are hopeful that the Court is merely waiting to see if the circuit courts wind up with differing opinions on the issue before it jumps in to issue a final opinion. In this regard, we continue to remain optimistic that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will, on the cases before it, issue an opinion that upholds the will of the people, including the 81% of Tennesseans who voted only eight short years ago in favor of recognizing marriage for what it is, the committed relationship between one man and one woman.

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.