Week 03 Threats to Marriage

In October of 2014, a decision was published by the Supreme Court holding the States responsible to recognize and give license to marry to same gender couples. I had heard about it in the distance, was aware of its happening, and as a religious person, I was disappointed to hear it. This week I read through the 103 page statement and took in what was actually happening.supreme-court-ruling-positive-on-same-sex-marriage__1435348435_173-199-221-90

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As I read through the first half of the document, I was starting to feel like the people wanting same sex marriage had some good points. I have to say I honestly felt wooed by their flattering words and that the people who didn’t have “liberty” to marry in a same gender relationship were being unequally treated.

The dissenting opinions of the Justices were enlightening on many levels. The problem is not that there are gays or lesbians that want to be united in matrimony, the problem is the way they went about it. It’s not okay for a panel of 9 judges who are unelected and unaccountable to define what marriage means and let all of the States know what they are now required to do based on their decision. This was undemocratic legislature from the bench and shortcuts the work of the people as they wrestled with the decision amongst themselves. The five judges who decided they know more than the collective sum of history we’ve inherited because of this era we live greatly undermines the democratic processes that take time and discussion. They’ve misinterpreted “liberty” to mean whatever serves their purpose and have erred in judgment and in very deed.

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Understanding that we’re now in a time where we get to decide how to field our response makes it incumbent upon all of us everywhere to continue to defend traditional marriage. It’s important that we exercise our freedom of religion and not give way to even a corner of imposition of someone else’s opinion, even with the law seemingly on their side.

Marriage between a man and a woman is the fabric of society, their covenants bind them together to raise their children and become better people because of their sacrifices and commitment to each other.

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