In the Book of Ezekiel (22:30) the Lord says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”
For a number of months now, there has been an orchestrated legal attack on the institution of marriage. Lawsuits have been filed in every state in the nation that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Sadly, a number of elected officials who swore a solemn oath to defend the law of the land — several of them Republicans — have abandoned their posts and left marriage defenseless in federal courts. Even where defended, activist federal judges have brazenly invalidated state marriage laws, and the over 50 million voters across our nation who voted to preserve marriage in 31 different states have, like the biblical prophet Ezekiel, been left to wonder who will stand in the gap to defend their decision.
The answer is Utah. The state of Utah is standing in the breach to preserve marriage as God created it and nature has confirmed it, the union of one man and one woman. And the eyes, and prayers, of a nation are with you.
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether it will review the tragic and misguided decision of a Utah federal judge to redefine marriage and strip it of its gendered nature so that same-sex couples may “marry.” The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has urged the Supreme Court to accept the Utah case and use it to clarify that the United States Constitution does not prohibit states from defining marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman, nor does it require states to recognize "marriages" of same-sex couples performed in other states.
Marriage is a foundational institution, something at the core of civilization. It is our only institution that brings men and women together as husbands and wives to be fathers and mothers to any children born of their union. Marriage is the foundation of the family and an essential element of a thriving society. No nation can long survive if it abandons the natural family and denies the unique contributions men and women each bring to child rearing.
In his dissent in the Windsor decision that struck down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage law defining marriage for federal purposes, Justice Antonin Scalia famously warned that the only thing that would keep a majority of the court from redefining marriage is a sense of what it can get away with. Let’s all make it clear to the court that we won’t let them get away with redefining marriage and that we are going to stand with the state of Utah, which is in the gap fighting for husbands and wives, and their children, in Utah and across the nation.
Brian Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage