The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong today in its decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex marriage. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires the Court to impose same-sex marriage on the nation. This decision is an outrageous usurpation of the right of the American people to self-government.

The U.S. Supreme Court can never change the fundamental truth that the lifelong union of one man and one woman is at the foundation of a strong state and nation. Family Institute of Connecticut is committed to seeing this essential union strengthened and reaffirmed. We will work to rebuild the marriage culture of our state and our nation, restore the constitutional authority of the people and protect religious liberty.

Our Connecticut state legislature in 2009 enacted a law protecting churches and religious organizations from being forced to participate in, or promote, same-sex marriages. Nothing in the Supreme Court’s marriage decision changes that protection.

In fact, the Court recognized in the marriage decision that the First Amendment ensures that religions, those who adhere to religious doctrines, and others have protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths. (See pp. 23-27).

Connecticut’s religious liberty exemptions to same-sex marriage remain good law, and the rights of churches and religious organizations to conduct their businesses as their faith requires should continue to be respected.

We understand that Connecticut’s same-sex marriage proponents are again misrepresenting the history of these issues in our state. You can read the true history of the same-sex marriage and religious liberty fights in Connecticut here.

Connecticut was little more than a footnote in the national fight over same-sex marriage. We kept our opponents out of the history books because of your hard work. And we will keep fighting until faith and family are restored–with your help. Thank you for standing with us!