Focus on the Family Amicus Brief Gives Millions of Marriage Supporters a Voice at the Supreme Court

Colorado Springs- Focus on the Family and nearly 45 pro-family groups and scholars submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices examine issues pertaining to same-sex marriage in preparation for the April 28 oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case.

The amicus brief explains the differing parenting roles husbands and wives play in raising children, and why those differences create a rational, even compelling reason to limit marriage to one man and one woman. It gives “substantial evidence from sociology, psychology, and biology” that shows “gender-differentiated parenting is critical for human development, and that both mothers and fathers make irreplaceable contributions to childrearing.”

An Amicus — or “Friend of the Court” — Brief is one that is written and offered by a non-party to a case, usually with special expertise or experience, who is interested in the issue and wishes to help educate the court with regard to matters not generally within the Court’s knowledge.

In addition to Focus on the Family, this amicus brief has been co-signed by CitizenLink, a public policy partner to Focus, nearly 40 state-based Family Policy Councils, and four scholars.

More than that, however, the amicus brief summarizes the beliefs of the millions of concerned citizens across the nation these organizations represent.

“Every day we hear from men and women who see the truths presented by this amicus brief play out in their own lives,” said Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. “Moms and dads are both important to children. It’s a truth that won’t change despite fluctuating political opinions: the direct, continual involvement of both a mother and a father in the home is ideal for the development of children. We believe the definition of marriage should reflect this fact.”

Focus has also launched a Web page,, to help educate men and women about the upcoming marriage decision by the Supreme Court. It describes the questions the nation’s highest court will be considering as well as profiles of each of the justices serving on the court. The page also gives an overview on the marriage issue and what to expect if marriage is redefined. Finally, it empowers concerned citizens by listing practical things they can do to be involved.

To learn more or schedule an interview, email or call Allison Meggers at 719-266-7557.

About Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global faith-based ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus at or on Facebook andTwitter.