North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham was among the first conservative Christian leaders to react to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
The head of the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Graham recently made headlines by pulling the ministry’s money out of Wells Fargo bank to protest its national ad featuring a lesbian couple learning sign language for their adopted daughter.
Here is what Graham said Friday on Facebook about the high court ruling:
“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.
Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman —– Almighty God – and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any man-made court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24).
I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.”