Advocates for homosexual “marriage” have always taken great pains to assure the rest of us that all they want is “equality.”
But supporters of a bill that would recognize same-sex marriage in New Jersey are proving otherwise.
The bill, which was on track to pass the Legislature, was pulled from consideration by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, acting on a request from Lambda Legal and other homosexual rights groups.
“They don’t want any kind of religious exemption, so out of respect for that, I will [pull the bill],” Weinberg said.
The problem with the bill in its current form, according to Lambda Legal and other homosexual activist groups, is that it allows exemptions for Christians and people of faith from any other religion or denomination to decline to participate in any way with gay marriage.
The supporters of homosexual marriage, however, are demanding that the state prosecute anyone who doesn’t share their leftist views under anti-discrimination and public-accommodation laws.
It wouldn’t be the first time Christians have been persecuted under color of law for their beliefs about the immorality of homosexual marriage. The ongoing case of Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado is just one recent example. Bakery owner Jack Phillips could face jail after being ordered by the court to bake a “wedding” cake for a homosexual couple.
In the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, which has been appealed to the Supreme Court, a wedding photographer was fined for not participating in a homosexual ceremony.
There have been plenty of other instances where Christians have been punished or harassed for refusing to go along with the redefining of marriage.
Usually, homosexual activists at least make a pretense of respecting other beliefs, but evidently in New Jersey they feel that total victory is near so the gloves have come off. The fact that Republican Gov. Chris Christie has not spoken against the bill in the Senate is particularly troubling.
This issue won’t go away. The efforts of many homosexual activists have always been aimed not at equality but at destroying those faiths that view homosexuality as sin. It’s as if they have a deep-seated psychological need to be seen as “normal,” but knowing that they are not among the norm (less than 3 percent of the population), they instead work to obliterate all moral norms and those who hold to them.
This brewing war over religion will involve millions of Americans who believe the Bible and others. New Jersey should consider carefully what it is about to do.