Posted By Levi
September 10th, 2015 8:34pm
I’m sure many you are familiar with the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on religious grounds. She said that because she is a Christian she cannot issue these licenses because gay marriage is against “God’s laws.”
For me the case against Davis is pretty simple. She is the county clerk. It is her job to issue marriage licenses to anyone who needs it.
As an elected official she has an obligation to follow the law. She took an oath to uphold the law. The law now says gay people have a right to marry and such a right is protected by the Constitution.
She says that she cannot carry out the law because of her religious beliefs. I have no problem with that and she has a right to her beliefs. But she cannot allow her personal religious beliefs to override her public duty.
The right thing for her to do is to step aside and give the job to someone else. Freedom of religion means that you have a right Read More
Posted By Levi
Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in a same-sex marriage case. Many people expect that the Court will use the case to declare same-sex marriage legal across the country.
Republican presidential candidates find themselves in a bind.
“Rick Santorum said he would never attend a same-sex wedding. Marco Rubio said he might attend one. Scott Walker actually went to a same-sex wedding reception, not to be confused with an actual same-sex wedding ceremony. Ted Cruz said he is firmly opposed to gay marriage, but would be comfortable if his daughter were gay.”
Their staunch opposition to gay marriage has left Republicans in a dilemma. For one, the majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
Worse, Republicans could always count on religious conservatives for support against gay marriage. But even that support is now crumbling. A new poll shows that most major religious groups are now abandoning their long held rejection of same sex rela Read More
Posted By Levi
Yesterday, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took an historic vote to recognize gay marriage.The Church’s constitution traditionally recognizes marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The church kept the original definition of marriage but also defines marriage “as a unique commitment between two people.”
Over the past several years other religious groups have recognized same-sex marriages. These include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.
However, some of the largest religious institutions have remained firmly against allowing same-sex marriage, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Jewish movement and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the Southern Baptist Convention and other evangelical Protestant denominations.
Here is a nice chart from the Pew Research Center showing where the major religions now stand on gay marriage.
And this map tells us the c Read More