It Was Always About Religion, Now People Are Just Noticing

In The Washington Examiner, Timothy Carney writes, “Gay marriage fight now becomes a religious liberty fight“:

Today’s talk of tolerance and acceptance of gay marriage will soon give way to intolerance and rejection of those who hold a traditional view of marriage. 

The next offensive in this culture war will involve wielding government to force individuals to accept the new definition of marriage, falsely invoking analogies to civil rights. 

As a prototype, consider the assault on the liberty of Elaine Huguenin, the wedding photographer in New Mexico. In 2006, a couple asked her to photograph their wedding. When she learned the couple were lesbians, she declined, explaining that pursuant to her faith, she only photographed man-woman weddings. 

The couple got a different photographer, but they sued Huguenin. In New Mexico, there is no gay marriage. In a recent poll, most New Mexicans said they oppose gay marriage. But the state outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

The New Mexico Human Rights Commission found Huguenin had broken the law, and ordered her to pay $7,000. Huguenin, with the aide of the pro-bono civil liberties law firm Alliance Defense Fund, has sued and the case is now before state Supreme Court. 

Try to live your own life according to traditional values, and the state will come after you, and compel you live according to its values.

The gay marriage fight was never about just extending marital benefits to gay couples. It was about changing the law to force people who disapprove of homosexuality (largely religious people) to either act like they approve or shut up.

2 thoughts on “It Was Always About Religion, Now People Are Just Noticing”

  1. It won’t be long before gay divorce applications clog court files. Oh I forgot, the prenup cases will pile up first. Then the nasty divorces- but I expect to hear very little of this on the news.

  2. The photographer was brave to stand up for her faith but, to be honest, I would have just taken their photos if I was her. Taking their photos is not supporting their marriage. It’s not like she’s the person actually marrying them. If I was waiting tables at a fancy restaurant and a gay couple came in celebrating their anniversary, would I refuse to serve them? No. Regardless of if I supported their marriage or not (and I wouldn’t support it) my refusing service to them doesn’t make an ounce of difference. That lesbian couple is going to get their pictures taken one way or another. I don’t think God would be mad at you for being the photographer. You can be in the world but not of the world. In other words, you can take the pictures and earn the money for it, but you don’t have to agree with their relationship.


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