In North Carolina
So, it appears that North Carolina didn’t actually “ban” same-sex marriage, after all. They merely codified a legal definition of marriage that included only heterosexual, monogamous unions. Same-sex couples will not be thrown in jail for declaring themselves to be married. NC is the 31st state to pass such an amendment.
|Sec. 6. Marriage.Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.|
Meh. Turning to the government to solve moral decay is a losing proposition. Much better to live and share the Gospel of Christ, and allow Him to work in people’s hearts. It would be better for all concerned if the government removed itself from the issue altogether, for the pro-same-sex marriage crowd seem as statist as any other group, and are certainly capable of throwing people in jail who will not acknowledge same-sex marriage as legitimate. Consider a businessman who pays for benefits for his employees’ spouses, but declines to do so for same-sex couples who he employs, for religious reasons. In a state where same-sex marriage has been legalised, he will certainly lose his business, his livelihood, and the same-sex crowd will dance upon his grave for the “bigot” he was. I am not certain that even today that he could get away with not paying up; lawsuits are expensive, even if one wins. The pro-same-sex marriage crowd either can’t or won’t see this aspect to the argument; people aren’t necessarily trying to oppress others. They’re trying to protect themselves from groups that seem very likely to harm them, legally speaking.
Edit: and as someone pointed out in the comments section of this thread, if same-sex marriage were legalised, then pastors would face the choice of performing the ceremony for same-sex marriages or going to jail. How’s that for “forcing your morality” on others?
Oh, and for Christians who want to twist the Scriptures to say that homosexuality really isn’t a sin: well, it is.