During the same weekend that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the wedding of a same-sex couple, evangelist Franklin Graham was writing a prayer to change her mind on same-sex marriage.
“As the Supreme Court continues to deliberate over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage,” Graham wrote in a Facebook message, “let’s pray that Justice Ginsburg’s eyes would be opened to the truth of Scripture and that she would not be deceived by the arguments of those who seek to impose their ‘new morality’ on our nation.”
Ginsburg, 82, is Jewish.
The son of Billy Graham has said that he will post prayers for each Supreme Court justice as a public call for each to vote the way Franklin Graham believes God wants them to. “Those who support same-sex marriage consider her an ally in their fight to toss God’s Holy Word aside,” Franklin Graham wrote of Ginsburg.
As many conservative evangelical leaders work to anticipate the potential fallout from any decision from the court that would be unfavorable to their stance on the issue, Franklin Graham’s popular Facebook prayers are evidence that others believe the fight is hardly over, even as the case sits in the hands of the justices. A spokesman for Franklin Graham could not be immediately reached for comment.
The justices are considering oral arguments they heard earlier this year about whether marriage is a constitutionally-protected right that should be available to same-sex couples across the country. If it is not, then the court could rule on whether states that ban gay marriage must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Although nothing is certain until the opinion is issued, many believe that the outcome could come down to a swing vote from Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
“Some say that Justice Kennedy may likely be the swing vote in the ruling on same-sex marriage being considered now,” Franklin Graham wrote. “In the oral arguments phase a few weeks ago, he seemed to understand the vast implications if the court were to “throw away a millennia of marriage…” Today, pray for him especially, that he will realize the folly in doing just that.”
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