By Tony Perkins
Where’s the resistance to same-sex “marriage?” A better question might be: where isn’t it? While the Left is busy telling the media that Americans have “moved on” from marriage, conservatives everywhere are proving them wrong. In several states, the backlash to the courts’ overreach on marriage is sprouting up in legislative committees faster than reporters can cover them. Even the New York Times is finally admitting that the wave of opposition isn’t subsiding in states where out-of-control judges swung their gavels like sledgehammers against voter-approved marriage laws.
By large numbers, leaders are firing back with all kinds of legislation to stop the spread of court-imposed same-sex “marriage” at their borders, including some bills that take aim at officials who act against the will of the people.
In Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, Republicans are moving quickly on measures that would penalize any government employee caught issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses — regardless of the courts’ orders. Meanwhile, Utah, North Carolina, and South Carolina are desperately trying to give cover to anyone with religious objections to same-sex “marriage” by drafting bills that would give government officials the ability to opt out of licensing or officiating same-sex couples. State Sen. Lee Bright (R-S.C.) thinks it’s just common sense. “We have similar language for folks that work in health care that don’t want to participate in abortions.”
For Tar Heels like John Kallam Jr., the protections can’t come soon enough. Like at least five other magistrates, he quit his job when his boss said he wouldn’t have any choice in issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses. “Does not the federal government allow for different people to have different beliefs?” he asked. It certainly used to.
For now, the brushfire over religious liberty continues in places like Idaho, where citizens are finally standing up to the government’s anti-faith bullies. After three days and hundreds of testimonies (including FRC’s Peter Sprigg’s), the state’s heated debate came to a sudden end this morning when Idaho’s House committee downed a Houston-type special rights ordinance that would have punished people with natural views on human biology and sexuality. By a 13-4 vote, Republicans succeeded in killing the measure.
In the end, conservatives made it clear to the Left’s Add the Words campaign that the only words that matter are the First Amendment’s. Congratulations to our friends in the Gem State, who are adding their voices to those across the country who have the courage to fight back against these fierce assaults to our most basic freedoms.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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