How Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Harm Christians

It is all about equal rights, the gay “marriage” lobby keeps telling us. We just want the right to marry, like everyone else.

That is what they are telling us. But that is not what they mean. If same-sex “marriage” becomes the law of the land, we can expect massive persecution of the Church.

As my friend Jennifer Roback Morse notes in the National Catholic Register, “Legalizing same-sex ‘marriage’ is not a stand-alone policy . . . Once governments assert that same-sex unions are the equivalent of marriage, those governments must defend and enforce a whole host of other social changes.”

The bad news is these changes affect other liberties we take for granted, such as religious freedom and private property rights. Several recent cases give us a sobering picture of what we can expect if we do not actively embrace-and even promote-same-sex “marriage.”

For instance, a Methodist retreat center recently refused to allow two lesbian couples to use a campground pavilion for a civil union ceremony. The state of New Jersey punished the Methodists by revoking the center’s tax-exempt status-a vindictive attack on the Methodists’ religious liberty.

In Massachusetts, where judges imposed gay marriage a few years ago, Catholic Charities was ordered to accept homosexual couples as candidates for adoption. Rather than comply with an order that would be harmful to children, Catholic Charities closed down its adoption program.

California public schools have been told they must be “gay friendly,” as Roback Morse notes. But it will not stop with public schools. Just north of the border in Quebec, the government told a Mennonite school that it must conform to provincial law regarding curriculum-a curriculum that teaches children that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle. How long will it be before the U.S. government goes after private schools?

Even speaking out against homosexuality can get you fired. Crystal Dixon, an associate vice president at the University of Toledo, was fired after writing an opinion piece in the Toledo Free Press in support of traditional marriage . . . Fired-for exercising her First Amendment rights!

Promoters of same-sex “marriage” seem to go out of their way to target Christian businesses and churches. Their goal, it seems, is not the right to “marry,” but to punish anyone who disagrees with them.

Clearly, there is a spiritual battle going on here: Christians are under attack because they are a public witness to the fact that a holy God created us male and female, and we will always put obedience to Him and His laws above obedience to any earthly demand for loyalty.

The coming persecution of Christians is one more reason why we need to get involved with efforts to pass laws at the state and federal level defining marriage as a legal relationship between one man and one woman. We must protect, not only genuine marriage, but also many of the freedoms we now take for granted: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom to use private property the way we see fit-all are under threat.

And we must tell our friends and neighbors why gay “marriage” is not just about equality: It is about forcing religious believers to accept the validity of the homosexual lifestyle-or else.

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  • kent4jmj

    It may be hard to comprehend let alone accept the seriousness of what is euphemistically called the culture war. Mr. Colson’s article is the tip of an ice berg that will sink our Republic. We, like the Titanic, are vulnerable to sinking if unwilling to change course.

    We have crossed many lines, abortion, stem cell research, cloning, same sex marriage and the beginnings of euthanasia. Pray, pray hard and let God lead you to action. I know He wants the people of this Country to regain their Moral courage to speak and live the Truth.

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  • Bruce Roeder

    Didn’t Jesus say something about sowing and reaping? As we sow, so shall we reap….

    Apparently, it’s only when we reap fruits whose taste we don’t care for that we remember this teaching. Some of us are only now noticing. And we find that we’ve yielded every point of the arguments. Years ago. Without a whimper.

    First, we removed the procreative aspect of marital love with contraception. We said the marriage embrace was about pleasure.

    Then, we legalized on demand, no-fault divorce. We said the marriage contract was about being happy.

    Now we are shocked — SHOCKED — that a loud demand for same-sex “marriage” is on the scene.

    Seems pretty logical, really. If marriage is about sexual pleasure (not babies) and about being happy (not lifelong commitment), then what is the objection?

    We gave up marriage long ago. Without a fight. It has not been considered a sacrament of God in the USA for a long time.

    And we want to fight about it NOW?

  • irishcatholic

    This piece fails to address what ought to be the main point, which is why the recognition of same-sex marriages is harmful to society in and of itself. Our opponents deserve such a straightforward explanation, along with the material covered in this post about which future evils are risked.

    Here are four of the main reasons to oppose governmental recognition of same-sex marriages.

    1) It amounts to a lie by the government: we know very well it is impossible for those of the same sex to marry. The love of a married couple requires sexual complementarity.

    2) It is bad for the same-sex couples who attempt to marry. The legal recognition of their attempt encourages the idea that a commitment justifies a union which goes against God’s plan, and is not compatible with the true happiness of the persons involved.

    3) Society’s laws shape what is seen as acceptable. Certainly, it is unlikely that a homosexual couple will repent of their homosexuality because the law is not changed to allow homosexual marriage. However, for the next generation that is struggling with sexuality, the legal recognition of homosexual marriages might contribute to a cultural atmosphere that sends the wrong message. For someone who might overcome over time the temptation to homosexuality in the right climate, a cultural climate that says homosexuality is all right might lead him/her (along with other factors) to ignore conscience and give in to temptation.

    4) The slippery-slope argument, given in this article. But this argument presupposes an argument, such as in the first three reasons, which explains why government recognition of homosexuality is wrong in and of itself.

    However, the slippery-slope argument is helpful, because it highlights how high the stakes are — one cannot ignore the issue by brushing it off as only a small problem. Some might even argue it’s better not to fight this issue because it makes conservatives seem hateful, and doesn’t really help anything.

    Reason 1’s point about lying is an argument against this, and so are 2) and 3), but maybe the full force of this argument is not seen without the slippery-slope argument.

    Finally, I want to note that not all who argue for homosexual marriage “go out of their way to target Christian businesses and churches.”

  • irishcatholic

    In response to Bruce Roeder: I take his point about the gradual diminishing of marriage, which is certainly, but it seems he didn’t state it quite precisely enough.

    “If marriage is about sexual pleasure (not babies) and about being happy (not lifelong commitment), then what is the objection?”

    Actually, marriage is about all four of those things, isn’t it? Isn’t marriage given by God to man for his happiness (in the true and fullest sense)? And there’s nothing wrong with sexual pleasure, in the context of a loving self-giving act. What’s wrong is to turn these two goods into idols. It is wrong to seek sexual pleasure for its own sake, and not as an expression of committed love that entails the entire gift of self; and it is wrong to break a life-long commitment because a marriage is not as happy as it could be.