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When many of the attorneys at the NCLL started their legal careers, they never thought they’d see the day that same-sex marriage would become legal in any state in our Union, let alone see a day where the Supreme Court would mandate that every state legalize same-sex marriage. How in the world did we wind up here? To have gone from a nation founded on strong biblical principles to a nation that completely rejects God’s definition of marriage within just a few decades is almost mind-blowing. Just a few weeks after the US Supreme Court overturned the will of millions of Americans, many are asking themselves this question.
What many people don’t know is that the erosion of the biblical view of marriage in America has been a carefully-orchestrated, intentional act by the homosexual lobby over several decades. This seems like a huge victory for them. Interestingly, however, since the decision, polls have demonstrated that support for same-sex marriage has dropped across the country. Why do you think that is? Maybe it’s because Americans as a whole have a problem with the Supreme Court’s acting as if they have the right to determine the proper definition of the most fundamental building block of every society since the dawn of time. Certainly, Chief Justice Roberts clearly felt this way when he wrote in his scathing dissent, “Just who do we think we are?” That statement really says it all—that the Supreme Court of the United States has no business changing how marriage has been defined throughout thousands of years of human history. Since the dawn of time, marriage has been between one man and one woman. It has provided the support for stable families, which in turn have provided the foundation for successful governments.
Support for gay marriage may also be dropping because many Americans understand that this decision imposes a very serious threat to religious liberty across the country. Many Christians in the wedding industry have already been forced to choose between their vocations and their religious beliefs. Judges, magistrates, and local officials are being told they must issue same-sex marriage licenses in violation of their sincerely-held religious beliefs. How many judges and magistrates will lose their jobs next? What about pastors who refuse to marry same-sex couples? Will they go to jail? Will judges and magistrates? And what about churches that refuse to host same-sex weddings? Will they lose their tax exemption? Will they be shut down? There’s no telling where this will end.
This month’s Free Resource of the Month, Marriage in America: How Did We Get Here? is a tremendously helpful resource, providing the background to the Supreme Court’s decision that completely undermines and changes the most fundamental institution that God, the Creator of the world, designed. Just as importantly, this resource also provides specific action steps that individuals and ministries can take to protect themselves in the coming days and months as the legal ramifications of this decision begin to unfold.
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