Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Marriage/DOMA Decisions

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 26, 2013) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, made the following statement in response to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court protecting marriage:

The Supreme Court today essentially preserved the status quo as it relates to the meaning and purpose of marriage. It allows the states to define marriage. This is a victory for marriage in Tennessee. In Tennessee, marriage will remain the unique, timeless, and universally defined relationship involving a man and a woman that provides the optimal environment for the well being of children.

No doubt, the day will come when the United States Supreme Court will have the issue of the constitutionality of gay marriage squarely before it, but until then, the right of the people in their respective states to debate the meaning and value of marriage will continue. That is as it should be.

See FACT’s resources for understanding the Supreme Court’s decision.

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