A Few Victories in the Battle for Religious Freedom

LGBT+ victories have been significant over the past few years, especially since the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. A backlash, however, may be taking place.

  1. “Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage, in what critics have called an unprecedented rollback of civil rights by the British territory. Bermuda’s governor has signed into law a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry, despite a supreme court ruling last year authorising same-sex marriage.” (The Guardian)
  2. “A pro-traditional family group says a new report showing a drop in Americans’ support for LGBT causes could largely be due to the ‘militancy of transgender activists’ and the push to allow men who identify as female to use women’s bathrooms…. ‘In the past year, there has been a swift and alarming erosion of acceptance which can only be fought by being visible and vocal,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.” (Christian Post)
  3. “The state of North Carolina has agreed to pay a third of a million dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by a magistrate who was forced to resign because her supervisor insisted she conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in violation of her Christian beliefs. A federal judge ruled last year the state courts were ‘required by law’ to accommodate Gayle Myrick’s beliefs, leading to a settlement in January in which the state will provide Myrick back pay, retirement benefits and attorneys fees. It’s one of two recent victories in defense of the civil rights of citizens who have been forced to endorse same-sex “marriage” in spite of their religious objections.” (WND)
  4. A California judge has refused to advance a social agenda in his state that targets Christians who refuse to endorse homosexuality through their work. In this case, it was baker Cathy Miller of Tastries Bakery who was put in a state bull’s-eye because she refused to use her artistic talents to promote the ‘wedding’ of two lesbians. The state asked Superior Court Judge David Lampe to issue a preliminary injunction ordering Miller either to create wedding cakes for same-sex duos or be barred from serving anyone. But Lampe recognized that the issue is not about discrimination against same-sex couples. ‘The state is not petitioning the court to order defendants to sell a cake. The state asks this court to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge that her work will be displayed in celebration of a marital union her religion forbids. For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment,’ he wrote.” (WND)

As you may know, this California case is identical to the one that is before the Supreme Court. It’s not about selling a cake; it’s about being forced to offer one’s work and talent for a belief system that the artist/seller disapproves of.

Associate Justice Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in the Obergefell v. Hodge same-sex marriage case, stated, “it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.”

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