The Obergefell v. Hodges case before the U.S.
involving appeals of 4 same-sex marriage cases,
Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee.
Part 25: 2015-APR & MAY:
More predictions of the backlash that may come
if and when the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes SSM:
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-30: Rick Wiles predicts God may send a "fireball from space" to kill Americans (Continued):
Wiles' "fireball" prophecy raises an interesting theological question. Canada -- which shares the longest and essentially undefended international border in the world with the United States --legalized same-sex marriage duping 2005-JUL. This was a full decade before the date that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling for the United States. Yet God did not retaliate against the Canadians. God did not created a massive genocide in Canada. What actually happened was that:
- The Canadian government redefined marriage by amending the federal marriage statute during 2005-JUL. In Canada, as in most countries other than the United States and Mexico, marriage is defined by the federal government. Thus, a single bill becoming law legalized same-sex across ten provinces and three territories.
Marriage equality was immediately attained across Canada with some minor foot-dragging by one province on the East coast -- Prince Edward Island.
- The terms "gay marriage" and "same-sex marriage" gradually fell into disuse, to be replaced by simply "marriage."
- Young Canadian children started to realize that no matter what they discover their sexual orientation to be later in life, they will have the option to marry when they reach adulthood.
Five years later, during 2010-SEP/OCT, an Environics Poll found that 68% of Canadians favored legalizing same-sex marriage while 29% were opposed. (The poll's margin of error was ~+mn~2.2 percentage points.) 1
By the time of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in mid-2015, another five years will have passed since that poll, and Canadian adults' support for SSM will have probably risen to about 75%. Yet God has not unleashed on Canadians any massive genocide of the type anticipated by Rick Wiles for the U.S. There has also not been any retaliation from God after other predominately English speaking countries legalized same-sex marriage in recent years: England, Wales, Scotland, and New Zealand.
More predictions of the future if the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage available across the U.S.
A team of Christian leaders, including Rick Scarborough, James Dobson, Mat Staver, James Robison and over a dozen others are developing a plan to resist marriage equality if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Rick Scarborough, of Vision America Action, said:
"We’re taking a very adamant stand. If the court declares same-sex ‘marriage’ to be on the same par as a civil right, that’s a bridge too far. We won’t obey. We’ll go to jail."
James Dobson, of Family Talk Radio, wrote:
"We will be attacked from every direction, and critics will do all they can to weaken and embarrass us, but so what? Are we doing to sit on our reputations and go to our graves without having played a role?
This is Roe v. Wade all over again. I am standing shoulder to shoulder with all who will stand up for God’s Word concerning marriage. We don’t know all of the steps that must be taken, but God will reveal His will. To the extent that I am able to influence anybody, I will do it with passion."
Mat Staver, of Liberty Counsel, said:
"Immediately, when elevated to that level of a constitutionally protected category, [same-sex marriage] is given the same status as race. What you cannot legally do with respect to race, you will not be able to do legally with respect to same-sex unions and sexual immorality.
Think of race in the context of religious expression or conscience expression and replace it with sexual immorality, transsexualism or so-called gender identity. For example, churches and other religious organizations are exempt from the religious discrimination provisions of federal, state or local nondiscrimination laws. But they are not exempted from the race provisions. So Catholics can hire [only] Catholics, and Baptists can hire [only] Baptists, but they cannot hire only ‘white’ Catholics or only ‘white’ Baptists. They would face significant penalties. You can’t have separate restrooms or drinking fountains for people of a different color. If a church did that they would be liable for a significant amount of damages because of discrimination on the basis of race.
Same-sex marriage or laws including sexual orientation or gender identity as a non-discrimination category directly impact religious organizations and churches. If a man wants to use the women’s restroom and a church official told him he could not, then that act would be like telling people of color they cannot use the ‘white only’ restroom. You will also have the same issues with tax exemption over sexual preference as you have now over race."
James Robison, of Life Today, said that thirty:
“deeply concerned church leaders [met to discuss] marriage and [the] family-damaging decision the Supreme Court may soon make. If they follow present cultural trends and rulings of numerous lower courts, by June they will rule against the biblical and historical institution of marriage in favor of what is being called 'same-sex marriage'."
A bill is before Congress to prevent the federal government from revoking tax benefits of religious institutions and other organizations that oppose marriage equality. 2
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention said:
"We think [restricting] marriage [to opposite-sex couples] is in the public good, so we need to work toward that end, but we also need to prepare our people for what happens if the culture and courts go the other direction. ... Of course, as an evangelical Christian I believe in miracles, even last-minute miracles, but I’m not counting on that."
Calvin Morrow -- a leader of the drive to repeal an ordinance in Springfield MO that bars discrimination against the LGBT community -- predicted that if the high court legalizes same-sex marriage across the country:
"I think there will be civil disobedience in America like you’ve never seen before, They are kicking a sleeping giant."
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry -- a pro-equality group -- said:
"We want to make sure the lived experience of lesbian, gay and transgender people is meaningful and good and free and hopeful wherever people live. [The LGBT community will seek to] harness the power of the marriage win to continue moving hearts and minds and making possible the additional legal and political gains we must make to gain full inclusion." 2
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
"Focus Canada 2010," Environics Institute, Page 39, 2010, at: http://www.environicsinstitute.org/
Sandhya Somashekhar, "Fresh battles over gay rights erupt in states as Supreme Court hearing nears," Washington Post, 2015-APR-13, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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First posted: 2015-MAY-06
Latest update: 2015-MAY-07
Author: B.A. Robinson