Franklin Graham prays ‘God will spare America’ after gay marriage ruling
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Rev. Franklin Graham said he “prays God will spare America” after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court ruled in a landmark 5-4 opinion Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, handing gay rights advocates their biggest victory yet.
The ruling means that same-sex couples can marry anywhere in the United States. Prior to that, it was legal in at least 36 states.
Graham posted the following to Facebook:
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.
The North Carolina evangelist continued:
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 manmade 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.
Franklin Graham is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization. He is Billy Graham’s son.
Franklin Graham made headlines earlier this year after he left Wells Fargo because the bank ran an ad that featured a lesbian couple.
Nationwide support for same-sex marriage is at a record high of 59 percent, according to a recent Wall Street Journal poll.