It might still happen. Even if the Supreme Court does the right thing and refuses to take the bait to force same-sex “marriage” on the nation by judicial fiat in another Roe v. Wade-like decision, the fact is that the number of Christians being punished for their religious beliefs is on the rise. But if the Supreme Court decides to force same-sex “marriage” on the nation when it issues its rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 this week, it will leave no doubt that Christians will be persecuted for their beliefs, and it will accelerate its intensity by at least a decade.
Even liberal activists acknowledge the clash between our constitutionally guaranteed rights to religious liberty and this newly invented “right” to same-sex “marriage.” And they believe “gay rights” should win. Chai Feldblum, the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, nominated by President Obama for being on the forefront of the “gay” rights movement as a law professor and one of the drafters of the pro-“gay” Employment Nondiscrimination Act, has famously said, “There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”
And affirmed they have been, at the expense of religious freedom in many cases.
A photographer in New Mexico was fined almost $7,000 for refusing to shoot a same-sex “wedding,” because of her religious beliefs. Elaine Huguenin is a Christian who believes she should not use her talents to promote the homosexual lifestyle by participating in a same-sex “marriage” ceremony. There are plenty of other photographers the same-sex couple could have gone to in New Mexico, but the point was not the service. The point was to make a statement and put all Christians on notice. Elaine will have to toe the line and, therefore, violate her religious convictions or find another job. It’s that simple.
In Washington, Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, has been sued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson for violating the state’s consumer protection act. Stutzman refused to provide flowers for a costumer’s same-sex “wedding,” because of her religious beliefs. But again, our religious beliefs must be trampled to promote homosexual “rights.”
The interesting part about that case is that the customer, Robert Ingersoll, has been a customer of Stutzman for years, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Stutzman was not “discriminating” against him because he is a homosexual, but merely that she does not want to use her talents as a florist to promote a same-sex “wedding” as it violates her religious beliefs.
These are just a few examples of what is happening today in our country. And these examples will grow exponentially if the Supreme Court decides to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country through a judicial decision.
Christians will be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs and earning a living. And Christian organizations will be forced to abandon many good areas of their work as a result of the same-sex “marriage” push. Already, the government is using its force to harass religious organizations in different areas, like adoption and foster care for example. Catholic Charities has been forced out of several places because of their religious beliefs on marriage and the family. Their press release when the District of Columbia first booted them out read, “Although Catholic Charities has an 80-year legacy of high quality service to the vulnerable in our nation’s capital, the D.C. Government informed Catholic Charities that the agency would be ineligible to serve as a foster care provider due to the impending D.C. same sex marriage law.”
The unintended consequences of imposing homosexual “rights” in our country are vast and largely unknown. And the Supreme Court’s upcoming decisions on marriage have the potential to make matters much, much worse, not better. The Justices should be cautious and exhibit judicial restraint when writing the opinions, for there will be real consequences for “We the People,” especially for Christians. They should let the debate continue and not cut it short, as they did in the case of abortion.
DOMA and Proposition 8 should stand. Our religious freedoms are at stake.