August 14, 2013
Despite insistence from gay marriage proponents, the evolution of the definition of marriage is not inevitable. In fact, for religious liberty reasons, the debate must continue. Otherwise, those who hold a traditional view of marriage will be marginalized by court rulings and rhetoric from the left.
Heritage Foundation’s marriage policy expert Ryan Anderson reports that the government is already threatening the religious liberty of those who hold a traditional view of marriage. For example, Christian adoption agencies have been forced to close, while a photographer in New Mexico was prosecuted.
Americans should insist that government not discriminate against those who hold to the historical definition of marriage. Policy should prohibit the government…from discriminating in employment, licensing, accreditation, or contracting against those who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
In order to protect the liberty of those who defend traditional marriage, Americans must encourage the states to continue to debate marriage policy. They must insist, as Justice Antonin Scalia, did that:
To defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements… It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.
Citizens must continue to make the argument for marriage within the public square at the state level. Doing so is essential to preserving religious liberty, civil society, and limited government.
Do you think religious liberty is threatened for those who hold a traditional view of marriage?