It's Not About the Constitution! (Roberts certainly got that right).
SCOTUS Ignores the Constitution
Well you had to know this was coming. Today's landmark Supreme Court ruling overturns laws in the remaining holdout states which do not recognize the right of homosexuals to marry one another legally within their borders. The LGBTTLSMFT (very old joke alert) community is celebrating. Next will come the lawsuits against Christian pastors who refuse to marry gay couples.
I'm not being alarmist, but you have to know it's going to happen. The point of the whole gay marriage movement is to force a cultural change and get rid of any vestiges of the attitude that homosexuality and other deviant sexual practices are a sin. The progressive socialists support this change since, under the coming Marxist regime, deviant sexual behavior will be practically the only fun anyone will be allowed to have.
The impact of this ruling will be most strongly felt in the Christian community as pressure descends on it to "recognize" all heretofore sinful sexual practices as being "okey dokey". One of the best ways to do that will be to demand pastors marry gay couples and sue them if they don't and after that to sue the churches that pay their salaries. To maintain their beliefs, Christian pastors will have to engage in civil disobedience. The government will be held by the LGBT's militant advocacy wing - and whatever other weird sexual practitioners who want to get in on this - to mandate that everyone recognize gay marriage as okey-dokey. Anyone who does not agree to marry couples no matter what their sexual practices are, will be challenged and sued.
This is certainly being seen as an opportunity to redefine the religious beliefs of Christians by government fiat. Justice Roberts said this, ""If you are among the many Americans -- of whatever sexual orientation -- who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. ... But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."
I'll say it isn't. In one fell stroke SCOTUS has made gay marriage a legal precedent against which legal action can be taken against anyone who says or believes that homosexual behavior and/or gay marriage is a sin. If that happens, as it certainly will given the LGBT whatever lobby's determination to force cultural change, the weird sex lobby will have successfully "established" what is fundamentally a religious belief" via government fiat, something that antique document, the Bill of Rights, said the government has no right to do.
What should immediately happen in every state in which gay marriage is illegal, is that the state should immediately close the entire marriage licensing department of the government and get out of the business of licensing marriage altogether. If the government no longer is in the business of licensing marriage, Christian pastors can do what they want, issue marriage certificates on their own hook and refuse to marry people they believe have no religious grounds for getting married.
The rest of the country may do as it pleases. We might have to alter some laws to get any reference to legal marriage out of them, but essentially one could stand up on a couple of stumps in the forest and declare their eternal union before Zardok the Goat God, if they wanted to, and it would mean whatever they wanted it to mean and be as eternal as they chose to make it. At least it would be "eternal" in the sense that it would be eternal until either of them were to get bored with the whole thing and decide to hook up with someone (or something else).
Despite the burning desire of the LGBT community to be "loved" (and by that they mean nobody calling what they do a sin), you cannot force a change in the fundamental beliefs of devoutly religious people. It's been tried before and all that happened were millions of Christians wound up dead by various horrific means - burned at the stake, hung, drawn and quartered, crucified or eaten by hungry lions to name a few of the more unpleasant methods of squasing dissent.
This ruling will be hailed something that will UNITE the people of our nation. It will do no such thing! It is quite one thing to tolerate sin. We do it all the time with the drunks, mysoginists, bad-tempered, no-good wastrels that make up the fringes of our extended families and communities. It is quite another to be required by legal precedent to "celebrate" their naughty behavior. That's not what the majority of Americans want. It's what the noisiest Americans with the best lawyers want and the rest of us have to submit to.
Remember, this is not as John Roberts says "...about the Constitution." That just got cleanly bypassed and somehow Roberts and the rest missed that as they took this giant step toward establishing a tenet of religion that may now be supported and is probably going to be enforced by the full weight of the US government. The only thing the conservatives can do about protecting the right to practice one's religion as one chooses, and continue to believe that a sin is a sin, is to get the government completely out of the marriage licensing and approval business.
The IRS, by the way, will have a lot of fun with that if the government does quit marrying folks. They would either have to force everyone to file jointly or would have to allow anyone who wants to file jointly to do so and enjoy the tax advantages that once came with "marriage" but now come "on demand". The accountants over there would have an aneurism, which I, personally, think would be jolly fun to watch.
Lest my gay friends misunderstand me as to why I do not celebrate this triumph for "social justice", don't get me wrong. I do not want any say-so over what you do in the bedroom. That's none of my business. Frankly, I do NOT want to know anything more about it. I'll never call a gay union a marriage. You can call it what you want to. The IRS can call it what it wants to. Just so long as I can call it what I want to.
That said, there are, I am certain hundreds of thousands of gay activists who cannot wait to let us have it for all those years we said they were sinners now that the government says they are not. Bring it on, guys. I don't care. I don't need your approval for what I do or believe. And for people whose whole point has been that everyone should approve of them and what they do, that's going to be problematic and the people who don't suddenly embrace homosexuality with open arms are going to absolutely spoil some LBGT activists' day.
I love you guys, I truly do, but you need to cut that stuff out. It's a sin and it's not good for you.
© 2015 by Tom King