GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 26, 2015) – The following statement was released by Bob Jones University in response to today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges. The statement may be attributed to Randy Page, director of public relations at BJU:
“Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States overrode the good judgment of tens of millions of Americans in states across the country who have reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Here in South Carolina, 78 percent of voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 which affirmed the biblical definition of marriage to consist solely of the union of one man and one woman.
The Court clearly overstepped its proper role as nothing in the Constitution of the United States mandates a nationwide redefinition of marriage.
Today, the Supreme Court created a threat to religious liberty for countless citizens, churches and religious organizations across the nation who should have the constitutional right to live out their faith in all facets of their lives.
No person or entity—whether a church, college, university, school or faith-based charity—should be punished by the government for exercising their constitutional rights of religion, free speech and association as they uphold and defend traditional marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
While the Court changed the definition of marriage, there are a number of things it did not change. God’s truth about marriage did not change. Man’s need for God’s grace in salvation did not change. Believers’ commitment to love Jesus Christ by obeying His commands and to serve people by showing His love did not change.”