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To Save Traditional Marriage, End State Involvement in Marriage

Steve of CA Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 9:42 PM
Why does Shapiro predict "religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status" if gay marriages are legal, and how would "voluntary lifestyle arrangements governed by contract" solve this problem?
Paulus Textor Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 9:52 PM
Can't speak for Shapiro (I usually disagree with him, though not so much this time). But the federal government is clearly trying to make inroads on purely private, religious organizations, through mandating they violate their own sacred doctrines regarding birth control and abortion. It doesn't take much of a stretch to see them doing the same thing with religious institutions that refuse to endorse gay marriage.

Voluntary contract solves this problem by requiring no institution to endorse a given marriage. That is left to the sole discretion of the individuals concerned, and the church from whom they seek a blessing. In a free society recognizing the sanctity of contracts, the government does not interfere with such private decisions.
nawlins72 Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 10:36 PM
Cant agree with this analysis. Too many fail to realize that such discrimination suits derive from the 14th Amendment and Civil Rights acts, instead fixating on stopping gay marriages, as though this will do anything. Conservatives don't want to address this fact because any criticism of the Civil Rights Act is immediately labeled racist. Private contracts wouldnt stop suits against religious organizations that refused service to homosexuals.

Within the next few months, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely rule that same-sex marriage is mandated by the Constitution of the United States. The ruling will offend both common sense and Constitutional law. But it will nonetheless become the law of the land. With it, states will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages; same-sex marriage will enter the public school lexicon; religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status. Religious Americans will be forced into violating their beliefs or facing legal consequences by the government. The First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty will largely become...