Gay Marriage is an Attack on the First Amendment
The words in the banner says it all, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of; these words are in the in the First Amendment. It is the free exercise that is being trampled on by proponents of gay marriage/civil unions.
Across this country religious organizations and individuals are being attacked with bias charges, subjecting them to the full arsenal of government punishments if they refused to recognize gay marriage, or civil unions as marriage. Here are a few of the cases:
- a Methodist organization was sued in Ocean Grove, NJ when they denied a lesbian couple the use of their pavilion for a same-sex civil union. The Methodist organization lost and the state of New Jersey revoked the tax exemption for the pavilion, which will cost them around $20,000 a year;
- Catholic Charities in Massachusetts refused to place children with same-sex couples as required by law. Catholic Charities was accused of discrimination and pulled out of the adoption business in 2006;
- San Francisco dropped its $3.5 million in social services contracts with the Salvation Army because it refused to recognize same-sex partnership;
- A Christian gynecologist in Vista, Calif., refused to give his patient in vitro fertilization treatment because she is in a lesbian relationship. The doctor said it violated his religious beliefs and referred his patient to his partner, but the women sued. One justice suggested the doctor take up a different business. continue
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religion," is the first statement of the First Amendment. However, these lawsuits against religious institutions and individuals, violates the Constitution.
James Madison, 4th President of the United States is credited as the "father of the Bill of Rights." Today, he would be in trouble as rector of the University of Virginia, a job he held in his later years, if he denied housing to a gay couple at the University.
When the Courts declared abortion legal in the early 1970's, Congress and the President make sure Religious institutions and individuals were exempted for complying with abortion rules. These rules are not considered because money is involved with elections to change rules on marriage.
It is important to remember marriage whether gay or traditional is not part of the Bill of Rights but Religion is. It is the reason why the first Europeans (Pilgrims) settled in now the United States.
Religion and History
There is a snobbish attitude concerning religion as being outdated and some groups are pushing gay marriage as a way to destroy religion. But the fact remains, religion civilized culture, the Ten Commandments which had laws about respecting your neighbor is credited in giving individuals rights. Religion also tackles controversial issues. There wouldn't be Civil Rights laws if the Black Christian Churches were not the backbone of the movement and there wouldn't be great pieces of art and architecture if Christian artists didn't create it.
It was religious institutions in Europe that created universities and hospitals before public institutions ever existed. Many of the early scientist were priests, they were the ones who invented the scientific method. continue
How Same-Sex Marriage Impacted Education in Massachusetts
Many people who support same-sex marriage also point out that it has no impact on other people lives, but that is not true. Parents have sued in order to be notified when same-sex education is taught in school but the courts have ruled against them. Read this article on the impact of same-sex education in Massachuetts.