From The Right
July 07, 2015
A Rational Look at the SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision
Now that some time has passed since the gay Marriage Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), we need to discuss the decision rationally. There has been a great deal of talk on both sides predicting the far reaching results of the decision. IN addition, both sides are guilty of fear mongering.
SCOTUS ruled gay people would be allowed to marry in every state of the land. Let’s discuss the facts involved:
• 37 states already allow it (counting the District of Columbia). Leaving 14 which do not.
• By not having a uniform law, questions would arise about the legality of gay marriage if you moved from a state which allowed it to a state that did not. Are they married? Can they divorce?
• Everyone agreed that gay couples needed equal protection from laws such as hospital visitation where only immediate family was at times allowed to visit. Often their significant other was not allowed visiting rights since they were not married nor related.
• Gay couples were often ignored in estates where no will was drawn up and one person died.
• Federal or states benefits to spouses were denied
• For years the Right has argued for Civil Unions where those rights could be guaranteed.
• All this part of the decision requires is all state governments issue civil marriage licenses or legal civil unions.
The second part of the decision specifically allows all religious leaders the right to refuse to marry gay couples. However if a religious group allows gay marriage, they are free to perform the ceremony. No religious priest, minister, or rabbi can be required to marry a gay couple if it violates the tenets of their religion.
What remains unanswered is can an individual refuse service to a gay couple if it violates their religious beliefs. Remember we are not talking about serving you in the store but maybe catering a wedding or similar event. Should a person whose religious beliefs are against gay marriage be forced to participate in a gay marriage ceremony? SCOTUS will have to rule on his aspect in the next year or two. Lower courts are all over the place on this issue. In one state a court has heavily fined a bakery, forcing it to close, for its refusal to provide a wedding cake to a gay marriage reception.
Yet SCOTUS has stated in a decision with Hobby Lobby they could not be forced to provide certain parts of the healthcare law to its employees because it violated their religious beliefs. Though not exactly the same issue, the principle is the same.
Now it is time for both sides of the argument to tone down the rhetoric. The Left needs to stop pushing the issue and respect people of Faiths beliefs though different from theirs. Time to stop the bigot calling, hater calling, homo -phobic name calling and intimidation actions for those for whom you disagree.
Those of us on the Right need to accept the fact Gay Marriage/ Unions are now the law of the land and be thankful our religious rights for ministers or pastors were not diminished by forcing them to perform gay marriages they do not support based on religious ideology. Again if a religious group supports gay marriages it must be accepted as their faith.
As far as I am concerned the difference between the State Marriage/ Union license and one performed by a religious leader is the blessing of GOD on that marriage. It was Jesus who stated give to Caesar (the state) what is Caesars and to God what is Gods. In a family of Faith a marriage blessed by God is all that matters.
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Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977]
[JR: While I agree about stopping the name calling and find peaceful ways to live together. I, for one, as a little L libertarian, would like the Gooferment out of the “marriage licensing” business together. The system corrupts people by giving preferential treatment to those who kowtow to the Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats! It’s humiliating and subservient behavior. Like begging for a pittance from the Elite. Argh! A civil society needs “governance”; it doesn’t need an instrusive OverLord who rewards the sheep and punishes the contentious objectors. This is a perfect time as is being proposed by a Texas legislator to end marriage licensing completely. It the Confederate flag is racist, then how is marriage licensing not? Argh!]
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