Family Council Calls Marriage Ruling “Judicial Tyranny”

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Marriage, News | By

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker struck down Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution defining marriage in Arkansas as the union of one man and one woman.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement in response to the ruling, saying, “This is another example of judicial tyranny. Arkansans voted overwhelmingly to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Their elected officials voted for that definition when they passed Arkansas’ Defense of Marriage Act. By issuing this ruling, one federal judge is saying seventy-five percent of Arkansas voters and lawmakers do not matter. If that isn’t tyranny, I don’t know what is.”

Cox said the ruling sets a troubling precedent. “What Judge Baker effectively did was erase Arkansas’ definition of marriage. It opens the door for marriage to become anything. We have already seen polygamists in Utah and elsewhere try to ride the coat tails of same-sex marriage activists in court. Rulings like this one only fuel those efforts.”

Cox said this case is almost certain to land before the U.S. Supreme Court. “This fight is far from over. Judge Baker has put a stay on her ruling until the Eighth Circuit, which includes Arkansas, issues a ruling. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that marriage amendments like Arkansas’ are constitutional. Any time you have federal judges disagreeing about what is constitutional, the case is almost guaranteed to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. I hope the higher courts exercise enough restraint to respect the wishes of voters. If Americans are not free to decide how they will define something as basic as marriage, then what are they free to decide?”


Come Hear David Barton in Springdale Next Week

March 25, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Ecclesia College in Springdale is hosting an event you will not want to miss.

Author and historian David Barton of Wallbuilders will be speaking at the Springdale High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

This is an excellent opportunity for you and your family to learn more about America’s godly heritage and the values that have helped make our nation great. We hope to see you there. Additional information is below.

What: Ecclesia College Presents “An Evening of Education, Enterprise, and Eternal Values” with David Barton

When: Tuesday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Springdale High School Performing Arts Center

West Emma Ave. and Virginia Street in Springdale, Arkansas

Cost: Admission is free.

For More Information: For more information, call Ecclesia College at 479-248-7236

Our Top Blog Posts for 2013

December 26, 2013 | Posted in News | By

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

As 2013 draws to a close, please remember that Family Council is supported 100% by people just like you. If you appreciate our work, consider making a generous, tax-deductible gift by clicking here.

We published more than 300 blog posts this year. Below are some of the most popular.

Surprising Rice University Study on Same-Sex Marriage


Rice University published a surprising, six-year study on attitudes toward same-sex marriage. The results? From 2006 to 2012, if a person was going to change their mind on the issue of marriage, they were more likely to swing toward opposing same-sex marriage than supporting it.

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