The Inequality Act: Weaponizing Same-Sex Marriage

Sep 4, 2015 by

by  Matthew Kacsmaryk, Public Discourse: If enacted, the deceptively titled Equality Act would punish dissenters, giving no quarter to Americans who continue to believe that marriage and sexual relations are reserved to the union of one man and one woman. On June 26, five justices of the Supreme Court found an unwritten “fundamental right” to same-sex marriage hiding in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment—a secret knowledge so cleverly concealed in the nineteenth-century amendment that it took almost 150 years to find. Facebook and the White House were awash in rainbow flags proclaiming the arrival of “marriage equality.” Just three weeks after Obergefell, congressional Democrats filed House (H.R. 3185) and Senate (S. 1858) versions of the “Equality Act,” seeking to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the protected classes listed in the federal code. Americans are on an “equality” roll. What could go wrong? Read here...

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Christians Jailed, Homofascism Out of Control

Sep 4, 2015 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: It has come to this: Christians who stand for their faith, for conscience, and for religious freedom, are now being jailed in America. County Clerk Kim Davis is now in jail for refusing to violate her Christian conscience and do that which is immoral. Some of us have warned for decades now that this is exactly where all this is heading. The homofascists will stop at nothing to achieve complete compliance to their agenda. All opposition will be dealt with in the severest fashion. And all this in the name of tolerance and acceptance of course. Prior to her court appearance, Kim said this: I have weighed the cost…. But it is through God and His grace and strength that I stand, that I can have a smile on my face. Those licenses leave my office through my authority. I cannot be party to that. I just can’t. … If the Word of God isn’t worth fighting for, I don’t know anything that is. We serve a living God who is alive and on the throne. He knows exactly where I am, and I know that His hand is upon me and upon His people. He is in full control. Some champions for liberty have immediately sprung to her defence. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz courageously said this: Read here Read also:  ‘It’s absurd’: Rand Paul blasts Kim Davis’ jailing over gay ‘marriage’ by Ben Johnson, LifeSite Walker, Jindal back Kentucky clerk on marriage licenses: ‘The Constitution is very clear’, by Dustin Siggins, LifeSite US Clerk Jailed for Refusing to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses, from Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe...

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Short, sharp and to the point

Sep 3, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: I thought that a debate on same-sex marriage which allowed only two-minute speeches and two-minute rebuttals would be absurd. Well, I was wrong. After listening to the head of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, debate the head of the Australian Marriage Forum, David van Gend, on radio earlier this week, I’d have to say that the arguments on both sides emerged very clearly. Both Croome and Dr van Gend (an occasional MercatorNet contributor) are old hands, so they presented their best arguments succinctly and dispassionately. The presenter on ABC Radio Hobart also posed four questions to the pair. There were no tricks; they were predictable and sensible, the queries that always pop up in all discussions of same-sex marriage. So who won? In my estimation, Rodney Croome’s argument seemed to be: “marriage is all about love and acceptance”. If that is his best shot, David van Gend’s insistence that children need a mother and a father won, hands down. But judge for yourself. Listen here (Excellent! Ed)...

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Truth Overruled

Sep 2, 2015 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A row broke out in a Kentucky county courthouse yesterday when a clerk refused to issue marriage licences to two same-sex couples. When one of the parties demanded to know under whose authority Kim Davis was acting, she said, “Under God’s authority.” “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” she said. “It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s word.” This episode is only the beginning of a bigger drama for Davis, who has legal proceedings against her, although she is by no means unsupported in her defiance of the US Supreme Court’s decision to impose a new concept of marriage on the whole country. At the same time it illustrates how conscientious stands against same-sex marriage are likely to multiply as a result of the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This anticipated consequence of the Roe v. Wade of same-sex marriage is one of two main themes presented in Ryan T. Anderson’s new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, which – also this week — became available in hard copy from the US. I got my copy last week in New Zealand, where Anderson, as part of an Australasian trip, addressed a family forum in Auckland. Anderson is a great speaker, clear as a bell, even when talking about deep philosophical issues like the nature of marriage, which few of us had to think about until quite recently. He is also a great writer, as anyone who has followed his articles from the Heritage Foundation’s news service (and in many other publications) will know. Read here...

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Gay clergyman faces wait for ruling in discrimination case

Sep 1, 2015 by

BT News: A gay clergyman may have to wait until next year to find out whether a decision to remove his right to officiate after he married another man was discriminatory. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who married Laurence Cunnington last April, was told a job offer as a chaplain for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust was being withdrawn. This came after Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottinghamshire Richard Inwood refused him a licence to officiate. Mr Inwood has said the same-sex marriage was against the church’s beliefs. Mr Pemberton is taking the Church of England to a tribunal claiming he was unlawfully discriminated against by the bishop. He was joined by supporters including broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles as the Nottingham Employment Tribunal heard final submissions from both parties. Thomas Linden QC, representing the church, said: “The state should not be saying to a religious organisation you can or can’t choose this person as your priest. “The tribunal should say it’s clear on the evidence what the church thinks of same-sex marriage.” He argued Mr Pemberton went against the doctrine of the church when he entered his same-sex marriage in “a blaze of publicity”. Read here...

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Silence at the water-cooler: The impact of same-sex marriage in the workplace

Sep 1, 2015 by

From Science Daily: Workplace reactions to same-sex relationships suggest that legal recognition has done little to erode the marginalization many LGB people face, new research from a University of Kent sociologist concludes. Dr Mike Thomas looked at the workplace as an arena for assessing the social impact of same-sex marriage and civil partnership. Drawing on groundbreaking research carried out in the UK, USA and Canada, Dr Thomas found that getting married or forming a civil partnership sometimes led to problems for lesbian and gay people at work. In a paper presented on 25 August at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, Dr Thomas concluded that while on the one hand news of a same-sex wedding or civil partnership made gay and lesbian employees more visible at work and led to a sense of belonging and inclusion, this was often an uncomfortable process that tested the limits of acceptance. He found that some of those who took part in the research felt they’d lost the respect of their colleagues and faced gossip and hostility from co-workers when news of their wedding or civil partnership got out. Some were outed as gay or lesbian as a result of this process. Even apparently benevolent efforts to include lesbian and gay workers, such as organising a workplace party to recognise an employee’s wedding, were likely to draw hostility and underline a lack of respect or recognition for lesbian and gay workers. This lack of respect was seen as undermining the position of lesbian and gay employees at work. Dr Thomas said: ‘These findings show that legislation and policy only tell part of the story: we need to look at the daily lives of gay and lesbian people to understand the real impact of same-sex marriage. Read here...

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