While many wait eagerly for the Supreme Court decision on nationally legalized same-sex marriage, those fighting for traditional marriage have taken a different tack–state bills that will prohibit state or local government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Other state bills allow employees to choose not to issue marriage licenses to these couples if they object because of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Still other objections are rising from State Supreme Court justices like Roy S. Moore, who refuse to honor a Supreme Court’s ruling for same-sex marriage because “nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage”
Nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage
While justices like Moore will surely face the ire of their pro-gay counterparts who will likely view this as “outright defiance and treat it that way,” there is a formidable arsenal of support from Americans who oppose it on a religious basis. “Millions of Americans who voted that marriage is a union between a man and a woman are not simply going to throw their beliefs away…this fight will continue on regardless of [how] the Supreme Court rules,” Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage says.
This conflict between religious belief and federal rulings is most painfully evidenced by six North Carolina magistrates who resigned because they were not permitted to decline performing marriages for gay couples. Mr. Kallam, who resigned after 11 years as a judge, had this to say, “I [feel] that that is stepping on my right of religious freedom…Does not the federal government allow for different people to have different religious beliefs?”
I [feel] that that is stepping on my right of religious freedom.
Are we, as a nation, compromising the critical freedom of religion in our efforts to be “fair” to everyone?