People’s rights are being threatened because they believe in traditional marriage.
The marriage battle in America is not over. It’s actually about to escalate all the more.
By its own inaction, the Supreme Court has created a constitutional crisis that threatens to make the decades-long fight over Roe v. Wade look timid by comparison. Only in Washington, where passive aggression is all the rage these days, could a political body such as the Supreme Court claim non-intervention in a fight it actually started.
This clash has been coming since last year’s contentious Windsor opinion, which resulted in rare public criticism among the justices. Justice Antonin Scalia scolded his more liberal peers for their “jaw-dropping … assertion of judicial supremacy” over the will of the people.
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Both the duly-elected legislative and executive branches, as well as a majority of states in the union by voter referendum, had already defined marriage as one man and one woman by law.
Since laws defining marriage as civil society has always known it have come under assault, we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on religious liberty, free speech and private property rights — just as those of us in favor of the traditional definition of marriage have always warned would happen.
Look at one current case in New York as just one example, where a Catholic couple faces a $13,000 fine for refusing to rent out their own home to lesbians who wanted to use it for a wedding. It would take a whole separate column to list all the assaults on the First Amendment redefining marriage has already produced, despite the empty promises from the other side no one would lose their rights by granting so-called marriage equality.
Now those who shout “tolerance” are noticeably silent while such intolerance threatens to irrevocably undermine the God-given rights our Constitution is based on.
People’s rights are being threatened because they believe in marriage as we’ve always known it. The more that Americans see this debate isn’t really about equality, but about using the coercive force of government to make you abandon your own conscience, the more support for the other side will continue to decline.
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