ATLANTA, July 6, 2006 ( – Today, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the statewide vote of the people, who in November of 2004, by a margin of 77%, overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state constitution protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The ruling upholds traditional marriage and legally bans same-sex marriage.

The Court ruled that the marriage amendment did not violate the state law requiring that the amendment address a single subject.

Anita L. Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, commented: “When the people of Georgia went to the polls, they spoke loudly and clearly in favor of marriage as one man and one woman. When groups pushing the homosexual agenda fail to win at the ballot box, they try to undermine democracy by using the courts to eliminate the voice of the people.”

Liberty Counsel filed briefs before the trial court and at the Georgia Supreme Court on behalf of the Christian Coalition of Georgia to defend the marriage amendment.

“Aggressive use of the courts to undermine marriage has backfired on the same-sex marriage movement,” said Staver.“Recent efforts to challenge constitutional amendments will also backfire. The people of America are not about to idly stand by and watch marriage go up in smoke. Natural marriage between one man and one woman is best for our families, our children, and our communities.”

  See the full ruling online here: