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'Civil War' And 'Endless Trauma': What Opponents Predict Will Happen If Marriage Equality Is Legalized

06/17/2015 10:44 am ET | Updated Jun 29, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on marriage equality, read which of these predictions have come true.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will issue its decision this month in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could affirm that same-sex couples around the country have the constitutional right to marry.

Same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia. But in the remaining states, gay couples are prohibited from marrying, and couples who were legally married in other states are barred from having their unions recognized in these non-marriage equality states.

If the Supreme Court affirms that same-sex couples can get married ... then same-sex couples will probably start getting married. But many opponents on the far right predict much more serious consequences, ranging from acts of civil disobedience to the collapse of civilization.

Below are some highlights. We'll update you on whether these predictions come true -- if we're still around to do so.

All Hell Is Going To Break Loose

house tom delay

"If this Supreme Court rules against marriage, all hell is going to break loose. In fact, I'm a signatory of a document that basically says you can rule any way you want to, but we're going to stand for marriage even if it takes civil disobedience." -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas)

The Destruction Of Our Country

justice roy moore

"I think there’s an attempt to destroy the institution of marriage and I think it will cause, literally cause the destruction of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run." -- Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

A Disastrous Ending

ben carson

"I believe God loves homosexuals as much as he loves everyone, but if we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire." -- GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson

A Civil War

james dobson

"The country can be no stronger than its families. 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." -- Focus on the Family founder James Dobson

The End Of A Great Civilization

louie gohmert

"And this isn’t new, and it’s been tried over and over. And it’s usually tried at the end of a great civilization." -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

A New Era Of Civil Disobedience

pat buchanan

"If the gay rights agenda is imposed, we could have priests and pastors preaching not acceptance but principled rejection ... The culture war in America today may be seen as squabbles in a day-care center compared to what is coming. A new era of civil disobedience may be at hand." -- Three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan

Our Country Will Fall

rick santorum

"The family is the bedrock of our society. Unless we protect it with the institution of marriage, our country will fall." -- GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum

An Endless Trauma

steve king

"If this court decides that they’re going to change the definition of marriage, that then throws this country into an endless trauma." -- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

Civilization Won't Survive

todd akin

"Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived." -- Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)

Destroy Marriage

pat robertson

"This so-called lifestyle — I just can’t believe it, they have tried to destroy marriage." -- Televangelist Pat Robertson

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