As part of our prayer efforts, we asked specifically that folks pray for the attorneys the day of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on April 28, 2015.
Join in prayer for John Bursch, who will be arguing for the proposition that the states should have the power to define marriage as one man and one woman. Mr. Bursch is from Michigan and has argued before the Supreme Court eight times since 2011, winning three Best Briefs Awards for his work. He has argued 17 cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. He is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Let us thank the Lord that he was willing to argue in support of God’s design for marriage as it is not a particularly popular position among the legal community as the linked article makes clear. Pray for his peace and preparation. Pray that he will be rested the morning of the argument and his mind will be quickened to understand and respond well to the questions asked of him.
Pray for Joseph Whalen, who is an Associate Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for Tennessee. Mr. Whalen will argue for the right of states not to recognize marriages from other states that are in violation of their state’s marriage laws. Most states that define marriage as a man and a woman specifically provide that marriages other than those between a man and a woman performed in other states will not be valid in their state. Mr. Whalen argued the case before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the constitutionality of one man-one woman marriage. Mr. Whalen is a graduate of Boston University Law School and was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1999. Pray for his peace and preparation. Pray that he will be rested the morning of the argument and his mind will be quickened to understand and respond well to the questions asked of him.