A Christian group is planning a 40-day hunger strike with the aim of influencing the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on gay marriage.

The “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage” is being spearheaded by the Family Foundation of Virginia, though the Christian conservative group is calling on Family Policy Councils across the nation to join the event.

“Our state and nation are mired in a morass of confusion and post-modern thinking that does not believe in absolutes nor that any truth can even be known,” the group said. “Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. Pagan philosophies, a secular humanist education establishment and an entertainment industry that is absolutely determined in pushing the envelope on decency and morality have all combined to turn this great land into a country that our forefathers could not even begin to recognize.”

Next month, a federal appeals court will review a lower court's ruling declaring invalid Virginia's restrictive marriage ban.

This case joins similar challenges in Utah and Oklahoma which have made their way to the appellate courts, the last stop before the Supreme Court.

The group's 40-day fast ends on October 4, two days before the court opens its session.

“We fully expect [the Supreme Court] to take a marriage case sometime in the next year,” the group added. “In the natural, it looks like a David vs. Goliath battle. The federal government, the news media, Hollywood, the public education system and big business all are arrayed on the side of same-sex 'marriage.' Only the church stands in support of God's design for marriage.”

The Family Foundation of Virginia's most recognizable leader is E.W. Jackson, who last year made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor of Virginia and who has a long history of opposing gay rights.

(Related: E.W. Jackson denies saying gay people are “sick.”)