Kellie Fiedorek

Many in the media are suggesting that the “battle over same-sex marriage” is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the assertion is obviously false when the majority of states—38 to be precise—define marriage as between one man and one woman. These states join the company of 94 percent of countries worldwide that uphold what, up until the last decade or so, has been a truth recognized throughout history: that marriage is the unique relationship that unites a man and a woman—rooted in the biological fact that reproduction depends on this union and rooted also in the reality that children do best with a mother and a father.

If we’d really lost the battle, the majority of states in the U.S. and countries worldwide would no longer affirm the unique relationship between one man and one woman. If the fight was truly over, litigation efforts would not be continuing around the country as Americans continue to uphold and defend the truth about marriage, even against, at times, a charade of justice and a bypass of the rule of law.

Furthermore, the very attempt of some to defend the position that the battle is already over by dismissing those with “religious sensibilities” actually undermines their assessment of the state of the marriage battle. Americans who uphold a belief about marriage are facing discriminatory attacks precisely because there is a debate going on in our country.

If we’d “effectively lost the battle,” or no longer cared about the institution of marriage and what it means to children, family, and society, these legal and political conflicts would not be taking place. But multitudes of people of good will continue to vigorously defend marriage against government coercion and persecution.

Indeed, far from being over, the battle lines are still being drawn as men and women across the country are courageously standing up for the truth about marriage for the sake of their children and grandchildren. And the truth of marriage is being defended despite the backlash of legal persecution and marginalization by those who disagree, including some state governments.

Kellie Fiedorek

Kellie Fiedorek is litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that has defended marriage and religious liberty in courts throughout the U.S.