Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage. It is expected that by late June, it will render its decision declaring whether or not same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. A lot of experts are saying it will rule in favor of same-sex marriage, but I am not so sure. I never try to figure out how 9 people will rule on any issue. I hope they rule in favor of same-sex marriage, but I won’t hold my breath.
According to last weeks ABC/Washington Post survey, a full 61 percent of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage. That is the largest margin in favor of the subject in history. Republicans like to say that they only support “what the people want.” Yet, the vast majority of Republican Candidates are opposed to same-sex marriage.
I have never understood the reasoning behind their utter hatred for the matter. They often come out with ridiculous commentary about how same-sex marriages will “ruin the very fabric” of America. Just how two people who love each other getting married will “ruin the very fabric” of America seems to escape me.
They claim their opposition is religious. They cite the bible as the reason for their hatred against homosexuals. Yet, in the New Testament, the testament that is supposed to be the one that Christianity is based on, has no such discriminatory language against homosexuals. It takes some real “poetic liberty” to claim that any passage in the New Testament says homosexuals are “sinners.”
Besides that, this was the same type of argument that was used in order to ban bi-racial marriages in the past. The haters then claimed that the bible said that blacks and whites were not to be married. In truth, the whole Jim Crow laws were based on this false claim of biblical justification.
These candidates also say that our country was founded on the Judeo-Christian values. That is not true. The mere fact that the founding fathers needed to include the “separation of church and state” in the constitution says that they intended this to be a secular country that allows religious practice no matter what your religion is. That is a far cry from being a Judeo-Christian country.
One of the funniest arguments to me is that same-sex marriage will destroy traditional marriage. No one on that side of the argument has ever pointed to one definitive fact that makes this claim even remotely plausible. I am still waiting for that nice Christian family to have a divorce because a same-sex married couple moved into the area and that caused their marriage to break-up.
I believe that if you really look closely at the demise of the “traditional family” values in America, it isn’t because of homosexuals and their desire to be married. It is due to the simple fact that over 50% of marriages in America end in divorce. The number one cause of divorce in America isn’t the homosexual “agenda” it is infidelity! On top of that, many of the fighters against same-sex marriage have been married multiple times. Isn’t that something that is against religious beliefs?
The purveyors of this hatred towards homosexuals has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with politics. Pure and simple. According to Ted Cruz, if same-sex marriage is legalized in all 50 states, “religious liberty” will absolutely go away. His stupidity is based on the fact that he thinks anyone who favors same-sex marriage is part of the “fascist liberals” who hate Christianity.
Of course, Ted Cruz’s idea of “religious freedom” is that you are allowed to discriminate against anyone you don’t like, as long as you can say “the bible tells me so.” He constantly talks about the constitution, yet he continuously puts his interpretation of that book ahead of the constitution.
This hatred towards homosexuals, as I said, is pure politics. In that survey I mentioned above, a full 70% of conservatives are opposed to same-sex marriage. Since it has become necessary to gain the conservative support in order to win the Republican nomination for president, it is no wonder this topic is front-and-center in their debates.
I don’t know which rings more hollow. Ted Cruz and his opponents ramblings about “religious liberty” or Ted Cruz’s comment that he would love his daughter just as much if she came out as homosexual. That, at least to me, was a stunning comment on his part. He may love his daughter as much if she were homosexual, but he would still fight to place her in a second-class citizenship position without all the rights of everyone else who isn’t homosexual.
Even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, this hatred will not go away. You will see Cruz and others on his side of the aisle try to pass a Constitutional Amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage. Of course, they will be doing this in the name of “religious liberty.”
The term “religious liberty” has been dusted off by today’s conservatives in order to sway you into believing that discrimination is “constitutional” in America. They want you to believe that they are the only people who are “smart enough” to decide who shall benefit from civil rights. You simply have to sit back and let them make the rules, even if you don’t agree with them.
And, that is the definition of fascism! In spite of what Mr. Cruz says, there has never been a “liberal fascist” regime in the world. Even the Communist regime in Russia and China were not based on liberalism, it was based on conservatism. Liberalism is allowing people to live their lives with civil rights protections so they cannot be discriminated against because they are different.
I am not a member of any religious group or sect. Yet, I do not favor the idea that the state should order religions to perform same-sex marriages. That should be left for them to decide. There are Christian churches that do recognize and even perform same-sex marriages. That is true “religious liberty” that is protected under the Constitution.
On the other hand, I do not believe that any religion has the right to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else. That is not “religious liberty,” it is “religious dictatorship.” In its Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court opened up our electoral process to the highest bidder. Something that Campaign Finance Laws were intended to prevent.
What will be the fallout should the Supreme Court uphold the bans on same-sex marriage? Which “different” group will be next in the crosshairs of the conservatives? Will it be immigrants? Will it be women? Will it be blacks? Will it be Catholics? Will it be Muslims? Will it be Methodists? How soon will it be before only “White Conservative Evangelical Christians” are the only group protected by the Constitution?
If you wish to scoff at these questions, you are probably part of the problem. If you scoff at these questions and are not part of that “White Conservative Evangelical Christian” group, you will not scoff for long. A ruling against same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court will mark the opening of further legalized discrimination laws in many states.
When the haters win, society loses. When haters win, the end of our democracy isn’t far behind and the beginning of Christian Sharia Law with its terrorism will follow quickly behind!