The Supreme Court has spoken.
It wasn’t a surprise, but it was disappointing. In a 5-4 decision, the Court created an oven-fresh, new right to marry someone of the same gender. The Court provided no limiting principle that would prevent their logic from extending to other kinds of relationships whose profession of love is not currently acknowledged with a marriage license.
The decision was a setback for the rule of law.
The Constitution says as much about marriage as it does about the Seahawks. When the Constitution is silent on an issue, then that issue should be resolved by the legislative branch of government. The states (or Congress) should have been allowed to continue wrestling with this issue and reaching a resolution based on the input of the people through their elected representatives.
But as it turns out, the voices of 51 million people from thirty-one states who voted for laws defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman were overruled by five, unelected lawyers in Washington, DC.
For a number of people, the response to the Court’s decision was relief. Sentiments like, “At least it’s over!!” and “Can we please stop talking about gay marriage now?”
Unfortunately, the conflict between the sexual revolution and the nation’s faith-based people and institutions may only intensify in the coming months and years. Here’s why.
1. The LGBT political leadership doesn’t want to coexist: An entire industry was built to accomplish what happened on Friday. That industry is not going to suddenly declare itself obsolete. You don’t raise money by declaring victory. Now that “full equality under the law” has been accomplished, there will be another crisis requiring their attention, and another, and another…
2. Some people are still free to disagree: The goal of the LGBT political movement has always been to eradicate the belief that homosexuality and heterosexuality are different. That is why they promote policies that allow someone to decline to decorate a cake critical of same-sex “marriage,” but not decline to decorate a cake supportive of it. The goal is to create a government that punishes beliefs about homosexuality they disagree with. Therefore, as long as you have the freedom to run your business, non-profit, university, school, or church according to your beliefs, their job is not done.
3. Now it’s easier to call you a racist, legally speaking: The 14th Amendment was written to stop the government from treating people differently because of their race. Now that the Supreme Court has discovered a new right to marry someone of the same gender in the 14th amendment, it’s easier to argue that those who don’t celebrate homosexuality are the same as racists. As a result, the ability to remove tax-exempt status, cut off federal funding to religious universities, and otherwise marginalize people who believe in natural marriage became easier.
Marriage has been redefined most recently, but it may not be the last word to be redefined.
Soon, “religious freedom” may mean only the freedom to believe what you want in your head and maybe talk about it at church or at home. You may need a license though. In the same way, “civil rights” may soon be redefined so that a person can be forced to celebrate an event they disagree with but not free to say something “offensive”. After all, that’s “hate speech.”
The world is changing quickly, but the truth about marriage remains.
And the need for courage only grows.
So you stayed out of the debate about marriage because you didn’t feel like telling someone else how to live their life. Great.
But what will you do when they start telling you how to live yours?
Will you surrender all your freedom in an effort to avoid being misunderstood? Let’s hope not.
But we’re going to find out, because, despite what we all wish, this is far from over.