So, essentially, the argument in opposition to a federal marriage amendment comes down to this: sex trumps God.
Sex trumps religious liberty. Sex trumps the well-being of children. Sex trumps personal conscience.
Sex trumps the Constitution.
By forcing court-ordered same-sex “marriage” on the rest of us, political activists pushing the homosexual agenda will compel the great majority of American citizens and religious groups to ignore their deepest spiritual convictions, and effectively embrace—at the point of a legal shotgun—a homosexual definition of matrimony.
And, in doing so, these same advocates will force open the door for polygamy and countless other redefinitions of the term. Marriage, having ceased to become what it is, will effectively become nothing at all.
Then, on to the next mission: search out and destroy any church or religious institution that doesn’t embrace homosexual behavior.
Twenty-three years ago, the courts took away Bob Jones University’s tax exemptions, in response to school rules prohibiting interracial dating and marriage. Though the arguments equating homosexual behavior and race hold no water whatsoever, it would be no great stretch for those same courts to de-exempt, say, a Bible college that outlaws homosexual dating and other behavior. Already, parents in Massachusetts who object to the teaching of pro-homosexual messages in their children’s public schools have been told they have no say. Same-sex “marriage” is legal in their state, a judge told them; why shouldn’t teachers promote it in the classroom?
Scott Savage, a Quaker and librarian at Ohio State University, is only the latest in a long line of college faculty and staff members all over the country to find his job and reputation hanging by a thread, merely for questioning the politically-correct, pro-homosexual status quo. Does anyone really think judicially mandated same-sex “marriage” is going to lessen the number or kind of allegations (bigotry, sexual harassment) that Savage and other conscientious students and educators are being forced to endure?
The Hobson’s choice made by Catholic Charities Boston (to discontinue its work, rather than arrange adoptions for same-sex couples) illustrates the kind of pressure more and more religious-based organizations will face once states hand over their legal keys to the homosexual activists.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.