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Marriage and Civil Rights: How to Respond Rightly If the Court Gets It Wrong

The Supreme Court is on the verge of deciding some of the most momentous cases in recent times.

One of those cases involves whether the Constitution requires states to recognize as marriage types of relationships that have never been called marriage throughout history. This attempted redefinition of society’s foundational institution has been advanced using much of the same language as the Civil Rights movements of the 20th century.

Are these things the same? Is self-identification as being homosexual the same as having an immutable racial or ethnic heritage? And if the Court rules against marriage, what is the appropriate response?

FRC has assembled an all-star panel of civil rights leaders to discuss these important topics and answer questions about the relationship between race and human sexuality.

Deacon Keith Fournier is the Founder and Chairman of the Common Good Foundation, Common Good Alliance and Real Common Good PAC. He is a member of the Catholic clergy and is a married Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, where he serves St. Stephen the Martyr parish in Chesapeake, VA.

Deacon Fournier is known for his work at bringing Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant and Orthodox Christians into alliances to advance their shared Christian values. He is a constitutional lawyer who has practiced law for 35 years, much of that time focusing on constitutional law and human rights concerns.

He has appeared in numerous Appellate cases and made several appearances as co-counsel before the United Sates Supreme Court on pro-life, pro-family, and religious freedom cases. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel and Chief Counsel to the Common Good Legal Defense Fund.

Dr. Alveda King currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.

The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement and sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle. Full bio

The Hon. Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. One of America’s most respected statesmen, he has served in two statewide offices in his home state of Ohio, as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, as an Undersecretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as Mayor of Cincinnati.

A long-time champion of human rights, Blackwell is member of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Full bio

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