The Obergefell v. Hodges case before the U.S.
involving appeals of 4 same-sex marriage cases,
Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee.
Part 22: 2015-APR & MAY:
Predictions of whether the U.S.
entire country. Predictions of the repercussions
that may be experienced
if SSM is legalized
We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage."
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
This topic is continued from the previous essay which
the U.S. Supreme Court might vote in this case, & how religious
conservative might handle a ruling legalizing SSM across the country.
2015-APR-28: Demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court predict that the high court will legalize SSM:
The Westboro Baptist Church is well known for sending teams of picketers to disrupt funerals of soldiers who were killed in acton. The Southern Poverty Law Center refers to this church as an ant-gay hate group. This church, more than any other of the 350,000 Christian congregations in the U.S., probably holds the record for convincing the largest number of older teens and young adults to leave Christianity.
Church member Ben Phelps, 39, who is apparently a close relative of Westboro's pastor, the late Fred Phelps, was present at the U.S. Supreme Court on the day that the court held its hearings on Obergefell v. Hodges. He held two signs. One showed the phrase that his Church has popularized: "GOD HATES FAGS." The other said "SAME-SEX PARENTS DOOM KIDS." He predicted:
"I know it's a fait accompli. [the court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage] because we're in the days of Sodom." 1
"Sodom" is a reference to Genesis Chapter 19 in the Bible which describes how the men of the city of Sodom wanted to rape male angels who visited the city. God disapproved and killed essentially all the residence of the city from the most elderly to the newborns. The passage is ambiguous. It has been interpreted three main ways:
- God disapproved of bestiality: interspecies sexual behavior, even if it is only unsuccessfully attempted as in this case. The men of the city were humans and the angels were of a different, non-human species.
- God disapproves of any form of rape by humans, again even if only threatened or unsuccessfully attempted.
- God disapproves of all same-gender sexual behavior, and the men of Sodom simply wanted to engage in such activity.
Most conservative Christians appear to select the third interpretation.
A second demonstration against marriage equality was led by David Grisham, a leader of an anti-equality group Repent Amarillo, in Texas. 2 They have been described as a "militant evangelical group that advertises itself as 'the Special Forces of spiritual warfare'." He said:
"Folks, I'm telling you right now, you're going to lose your rights if you don't wake up. ... I believe the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage. [This would result in the] persecution for Christians. The structure of the family will continue to break down [and] society [will unravel with it.] ... This is the case. This is like a Roe v. Wade moment."
Roe v. Wade was the 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant women access to abortions if performed early in gestation. It generated a firestorm of opposition which continues to the present day.
2015-APR-30: Rick Wiles predicts God may send a "fireball from space" to kill Americans:
Mat Staver heads up Liberty Counsel -- a conservative Christian legal advocacy group that fights lawsuits on behalf of religious conservatives. In many cases recently, their effort has been in support of retail companies who want to have the religious freedom to discriminate against their LGBT customers with impunity.
On his "Trunews" program, Staver interviewed Rick Wiles about what might happen to the U.S. if the High Court legalize marriage for same-sex couples across the country. Their ruling is expected in late June or early July. 3
Brian Tashman, writing for Right Wing Watch, described Wiles as an "end times broadcaster" That is, as a supporter of the widely held conservative Christian belief that Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) will be returning to Earth soon. When that happens, born-again Christian believers will bodily float upwards into the sky in an event called the Rapture. They will meet Yeshua high above the Earth's surface. Meanwhile, the vast majority of humans on Earth -- the approximately 90% who are unsaved -- will endure multiple years of horrendous persecution and be slaughtered during the greatest genocide ever to befall humanity. Billions of people will die: seniors, adults, youths, children, babies and newborns.
Tashman commented about Staver and Wiles, saying that:
"Unsurprisingly, neither was optimistic [that the high court will uphold the bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky,
Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee]. 3
In Tashman's estimation, both Staver and Wiles expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in those remaining 13 states and five U.S. territories that currently still ban it. The ruling by the court is expected in late 2015-June or early July. Many observers are expecting a 5 to 4 ruling in favor of marriage equality. Past rulings by the court on matters related to sexual orientation have been decided in favor of LGBT equality by this same narrow ratio.
Wiles described a series of frightening events that he expects to see happen -- perhaps in 2015-JUL -- if marriage becomes available country-wide to same-sex couples:
"Now the communists rule this nation. Everywhere communism takes control, they go after the churches and they kill the pastors and they demolish the church buildings and they reeducate the church children. That’s what’s coming to America. It’s already started. We are at the end of the road as a nation. If the Supreme Court dares to defy Almighty God one more time [by making marriage universally obtainable], I’m telling you it will be the last time. ..."
"I believe I am speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit. I’m telling you there will be swift, sudden and devastating consequences for the United States of America.
America will be brought to its knees, there will be pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country. The word that I hear in my spirit is ‘fire.’ I do not know if it refers to riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space. I simply know that a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned. ..."
"Life may change radically in 60 days. I’m talking about the fast-moving, radical homosexual movement that has captured control of the American political system, the corporate world, the news media, the entertainment industry, and the educational system. This is a takeover and it is anti-God, it is anti-Christ. The same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court is not about same-sex marriage, it is about the criminalization and the elimination of biblical Christianity in the United States of America. ..."
"... the fate of the United States of America will be decided over the next two months. ... a Supreme Court decision recognizing homosexual marriage as a right will be the final nail in America’s coffin. The last society that attempted to slide into this level of immorality and debauchery were the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and they did not have a happy ending."
“Brace for impact if it goes against God’s divine order of marriage. ... [there will be] divine repercussions." 3
Staver responded to Wiles, saying:
"There’s no question it’s hanging in the balance. What we have here is a potential catastrophic collision with religious freedom and the undermining of the family."
Tashman wrote that Staver added that a pro-equality marriage ruling will be even more consequential than Roe v. Wade because it will:
"promote and exalt [same-sex relationships by putting them] on a pedestal and hope people aspire to it."
Webmaster's comment [bias alert]:
In the past, same-sex relationships had been criminalized in the U.S. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court decriminalized same-gender sexual behavior by adults in private in the famous lawsuit Lawrence v. Texas. In 2004, the Massachusetts Supreme Court required the state government to extend marriage to same-sex couples. From my intensive study of same-sex marriage and the LGBT community, their goal is to be considered equal to heterosexuals and to have equal access to marriage. I have seen no evidence that they wish their relationships to be placed "on a pedestal," unless that pedestal is shared by all other married couples.
This topic continues in the next essay with a "Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage"
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Pema Levy, "Even Anti-Gay Activists Predict Victory for Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court," Mother Jones, 2015-APR-28, at: http://www.motherjones.com/
- Forrest Wilder, "He who casts the first stone," Texas Observer, 2010-FEB-24, at: http://www.texasobserver.org/
- Brian Tashman, "Rick Wiles Warns Of 'Fireball From Space' If Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Bans," Right Wing Watch, 2015-MAY-01, at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/
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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2015-MAY-05
Latest update: 2015-MAY-11
Author: B.A. Robinson