8 Shocking Statements Opponents Of Marriage Equality Made During The First Week Of SCOTUS' Hearings

One Texas representative even tried to blame the Baltimore riots on same-sex marriage...

Most Americans are in favor of marriage equality, but that certainly hasn't stopped opponents from speaking their minds -- especially now that a nationwide marriage equality case is being heard by The Supreme Court.

Here’s a roundup of some of the angriest, saddest, and most shocking things some very famous and influential people have recently said in opposition to same-sex marriage.

  1. The Baltimore Riots are happening because of same-sex marriage.

    Texas Representative Bill Flores spoke on the Family Research Council’s radio program on April 28, after the Supreme Court's opening arguments. He said, “You look at what’s going on in Baltimore today, you know, you see issues that are raised there. And healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in the way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective.”

  2. If you support same-sex marriage, you'll burn in Hell.

    During Tuesday’s opening arguments at the Supreme Court, a protester in the courtroom shouted, “If you support gay marriage, you will burn in Hell! It’s an abomination!” before being dragged out of the courtroom by guards. Justice Antonin Scalia, who has in the past compared homosexuality to incest, bestiality, and pedophilia, said, “It was rather refreshing, actually,” as the protester was removed.

  3. If same-sex marriage is legalized, the government will start persecuting Christians.

    On April 30, conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck told listeners, "Mark my words ... if gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it so now they can go after the churches, like the president's lawyer says, 50 percent of our churches will fall away. Meaning the congregations, within five years ... 50 percent of the congregants will fall away from their church because they won't be able to take the persecution."

  4. The SCOTUS ruling “Cannot overrule God.”

    Republican presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee addressed the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference on April 29, saying, “I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God. When it comes to prayer, when it comes to life, and when it comes to the sanctity of marriage, the court cannot change what God has created.”

  5. Supreme Court be warned: Civil disobedience is coming if marriage equality passes.

    A group of prominent religious and political leaders, including Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, have signed a “Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage.” The document states, “We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line. We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.”

    When asked to clarify what this means, Mat Staver, one of the co-drafters of the document, said, “I’m talking about civil disobedience. I’m talking about resistance and I’m talking about peaceful resistance against unjust laws and unjust rulings.” He even invoked MLK, adding, “[We] need to resist [this] as much as Martin Luther King, Jr. resisted unjust laws in his time.”

  6. Marriage equality discriminates against Christians

    Josh Duggar, the oldest sibling in the reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” said in a recent interview, “Right now in America, there is an agenda to silence people of faith, those who hold a dissenting opinion. That’s not what America was founded on. America was founded on respect, tolerance and really not discriminating against people...”

  7. Marriage equality is “liberal fascism” persecuting Christians.

    In a recent address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said, “Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party. There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers.” He also said, “We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was built.” In an interview with a more gay-friendly audience in New York a few days later, Cruz stated that if one of his daughters came out as a lesbian, he would still accept her.

  8. Marriage equality could lead to a civil war.

    Earlier this month, James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, told a group of anti-gay activists that marriage equality could “lead to a full-blown civil war.” He also said, “I really believe if what the Supreme Court is about to do is carried through with, and it looks like it will be, then we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two. I just am convinced of that. So we need to do everything we can to try to hold it back and to preserve the institution of marriage.”

But Wait! There's Some Positive Messages, Too

That's a whole lot of haterade, but luckily those working toward marriage equality seem to be really good at shaking it off. As you can see, they're still fighting, laughing, loving, and everyone's watching.