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FACT President Reflects on Supreme Court Oral Arguments About Marriage

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 27, 2015) —The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

Before the end of June, the Supreme Court will either allow states to define marriage as one man and one woman or its constitutional analysis will necessarily lead someday to a constitutional mandate that states recognize as a marriage any number of different combinations of relationships that people may want to have. This case is not just about changing the meaning of marriage, but about whether marriage will really mean anything anymore.

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 FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT President Reflects on Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage

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 factn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT President Responds to Supreme Court’s Refusal to Review Same-Sex Marriage

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.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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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 factn.org.

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