With the recent ruling in California likely to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, I thought it might be helpful to repost an article from May of last year by Chuck Colson.
BREAKPOINT DAILY TRANSCRIPT (Chuck Colson)
Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Religious Liberty:
Why They Can’t Coexist
May 12, 2009
As more st
ates -- like -- approve same-sex “marriage,” conserv Iowa atives are claiming th atfreedom of religion is in peril. Same-sex “marriage” supporters accuse them of engaging in hysterical gay-b ating. Who’s telling the truth?
Let me share some stories with you from an excellent news broadcast produced by N
ational Public Radio. Then you decide.
Two women decided to hold their civil union ceremony
ata pavilion owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Associ New Jersey ation. This Methodist group told the women they could not “marry” in any building used for religious purposes. The Rev. Scott Hoffman said a theological principle -- th atmarriage can only exist between one man and one woman -- was atstake.
The women filed a discrimin
ation complaint with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights. The Methodists said the First Amendment protected their right to practice their faith without being punished by the government. But punish the Methodists is exactly wh at did. It revoked their tax exemption -- a move th New Jersey atcost them $20,000.
Then there’s the case of the Christian physicians who refused to provide in vitro fertiliz
ation tre atment to a woman in a lesbian rel ationship. The doctors referred her to their partners, who were willing to provide the tre atment. But th atwasn’t good enough. The woman sued. The California Supreme Court agreed with the woman, saying th atthe doctors’ religious beliefs didn’t give them the right to refuse the controversial tre atment.
, C Massachusetts atholic Charities was told they had to accept homosexual couples in their adoption service, or get out of the adoption business. They chose correctly -- get out of the business.
, a mental health counselor was sued for refusing to provide therapy to a woman looking to improve her lesbian rel Mississippi ationship. The counselor’s employers fired her -- a move th atwas backed up by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
New York, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at refused to allow same-sex couples to live in married student housing, in keeping with the school’s orthodox Jewish teachings. But in 2001, the New York St Yeshiva University ate Supreme Court forced them to do so anyway -- even though has no same-sex “marriage” law. New York
, a same-sex couple asked a Christian wedding photographer to film their commitment ceremony -- and sued the photographer when she declined. An online adoption service was forced to stop doing business in Albuquerque when a same-sex couple sued the service for refusing, on religious grounds, to assist them. California
Convinced? Clearly, homosexual “marriage” and religious liberty cannot co-exist -- because gay activists will not allow them to. As marriage expert Maggie Gallagher puts it, same-sex “marriage” advoc
ates claim th atreligious faith “itself is a form of bigotry.”
Tune in tomorrow, for I want you to learn how you can help protect both our religious rights and marriage itself. I know this may sound alarmist, but it’s true. If we don’t work to stop this juggernaut, we may soon find ourselves hunted down
atwork, atschool, and even atchurch -- as others have been -- by those determined to force us to accept as a moral good wh atGod calls evil.
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