WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) joined a coalition of pro-family groups in praising Indiana voters for sending a powerful message at the polls yesterday that there is a price to pay for refusing to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Two Republican House members – Kathy Heuer and Rebecca Kubacki – lost their races by huge margins after voting to deprive voters of the right to vote on the future of marriage. FRC Action partnered with the National Organization for Marriage, CitizenLink, Indiana Family Institute, Indiana Family Action, and American Family Association of Indiana to spread the word about how these incumbents disenfranchised voters.
FRC Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
"Indiana voters sent a powerful message that there is a price to pay for denying voters the right to decide the future of marriage. By removing State Reps. Kathy Heuer and Rebecca Kubacki, voters made it very clear that leaving the definition of marriage to activist judges is unacceptable.
"The election outcome reinforces the findings of an FRC-commissioned survey released last month showing three-quarters of Republican voters want their elected officials to uphold natural marriage as the national standard. Voters in Indiana and across the country are now realizing that much more than marriage is on the line. Elected officials can no longer avoid the reality that the redefinition of marriage leads to the loss of our most basic freedoms.
"Redefining natural marriage is about far more than the marriage altar; it is about fundamentally altering society. In the wake of same-sex marriage, religious freedom and parental rights have been lost. Business owners, like florists, bakers and photographers, have been hauled into court, fined and even put out of business for simply refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding. But it doesn't stop there; university professors, sportscasters and even members of the military have been demoted or fired for simply believing marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Families have been impacted as parents have lost the right to determine whose values are taught to their children," concluded Perkins.
Josh Duggar, FRC Action's executive director, said:
"Having spent time at the State Capitol during the debate on the Marriage Protection Amendment, I was saddened to see how some legislators were quite disconnected from the people they represent. Indiana voters did the right thing by holding these elected officials accountable. Voters clearly want to see their elected leaders stand strongly for the very core values that gave rise to our great country," concluded Duggar.
SOURCE FRC Action