FAITH IN AMERICA MEDIA STATEMENT ON TODAY'S ORAL ARGUMENTS IN HOLLINGSWORTH V. PERRY (PROP8)

The codification of a traditional religious view of marriage as being between one man and one woman is an expression of religion-based bigotry toward gay and lesbian citizens. Faith In America hopes this immensely harmful form of bigotry – one which places a religious and moral stamp of unworthiness on a person's very being – will find no sanction with the Roberts Court.

We have faith in the justices' ability to understand how such a stamp of inequality and unworthiness impedes the emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being of individuals like Chief Justice John Roberts' own cousin, Jean Podrasky, and all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals who have lived with that stamp of societal antipathy for far too long.

Religion-based bigotry often is not verbalized – as either the premise behind a legal argument against marriage equality or as justification to bully a gay child – and often is unrecognized under the guise of religious or moral teaching. This has allowed stigma and hostility toward gay and lesbian individuals to find moral, religious and government sanction.

Public opinion polls indicate the societal consciousness has awakened to the immense harm that such sanctioning has enacted on the lives of so many young LGBT teens and their families.

History time and time again has demonstrated that societal cohesion and the uplifting of the American experience is furthered when religion-based bigotry's harms find no sanction nor comfort in the U.S. Constitution.

We have faith in America and the U.S. Supreme Court justices who will offer no comfort to religion-based bigotry's harm to LGBT youth and families as they deliberate and decide the marriage equality cases before the court.

Faith in America is a nonprofit organization that nationally educates the public about the harm caused to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people when certain church teaching is used to promote and justify stigma and hostility toward that minority population. Brent Childers, an evangelical Christian who once aligned himself with the anti-gay religious industry, serves as executive director.