Advocates React to U.S. Supreme Court's 'Punt' on Homosexual Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court’s decision to sidestep five cases Monday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, supreme courtOklahoma, and Virginia.

"This is a total dereliction of duty, " said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. "The Supreme Court abandoned its duty to take up or at least hold these marriage cases. The responsibility for the undermining of marriage rests solely at the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Since the courts of appeal involve other states, Staver maintains it is only a matter of time before the laws in these states will feel the effect. These states include North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia (Maryland already has SSM), (Illinois already has SSM), Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming (New Mexico already has SSM). After years of state legislation, people 's referenda, constitutional amendments, and court rulings, the Supreme Court silently approved same-sex marriage today.

“Last year 's decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case that started this fire, and today' s decision to watch marriage burn to ashes is the responsibility of the Supreme Court. The actions of the Supreme Court in particular, and of the judiciary in general, undermine the rule of law and erode the confidence of the people in the judicial branch of government. When the people lose confidence in the rule of law, the judiciary will lose is legitimacy. Everyone will be affected by same-sex marriage because it is an intolerant agenda that will directly collide with religious freedom, " said Staver.

Just hours following the Supreme Courts non-ruling same-sex couples in some of the states applied for “marriage” licenses.

Chelsen Vicari, of the Washington DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy, says the church needs to get outside its own walls.

“If the Church continues to have a strong social stance on these hot button issues we will continue to have our voice encroached and suffocated more and more,” said Vicari. “So, this is just another reminder that we can’t leave Christ in our chapels. We’ve got to take him out on days other than Sundays.”

Vicari contends it is critical that Christians “discern truth in the public square.”

The Iowa-based Family Leader contends bans were put in place by an overwhelming majority of voters, who amended their state constitutions to declare moral and legal sanity regarding traditional marriage.

"The political ramifications of today’s 'punt' should be obvious," said David Barnett, communications director of the Family Leader.  “'We the People'” are under attack regarding our rights of conscience, our religious liberty, and our very religious/moral beliefs which were shared by the Founders."