WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 16, 2015—Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up four same-sex marriage cases involving state constitutional amendments that define marriage as the union of a man and woman.

“This case could potentially transform the cultural landscape of America. We should pray for the Court, that they will not seek to redefine marriage. Marriage was not created by government action, and shouldn’t be re-created by government action. Even more than that, we should pray for churches who will know how to articulate and embody a Christian vision of marriage as the one flesh union of a man and a woman in the tumultuous years to come.”

In November 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld Ohio’s ban, making it the first federal appeals court to rule states could define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

This will be the second time Supreme Court justices take on the marriage issue. Gay marriage is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

An audio clip of Moore’s statement on the Supreme Court decision is attached to this release.