Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th amendment of the Constitution guaranteed same sex couples the right to marry. Regardless of this misinterpretation of the 14th amendment, as of now, same sex marriage is legal throughout the entire United States.
What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for those who do not support or agree with same sex marriage? Before the Supreme Court came to its conclusion, Justice Alito has asked Solicitor General Verrilli regarding IRS regulations if schools and other religious institutions would lose their tax exemption status if the definition of marriage were to be changed. There has long been suspicion and fear that the advancement of the same sex marriage campaign would lead to the coercion of those who do not share the belief into participating in the celebration and affirmation of same sex marriages, regardless of religious beliefs and practices.
A brief example of this attack on religious liberty is the well known case of Aaron and Melissa Klein of Oregon, whom when refusing to provide their bakery services to a same sex couple that wanted a wedding cake were fined $135,000. This horrible violation of the Constitution came after the couple had to shut their bakery down as a result of the many protests and boycotts that occurred in reaction to their exercise of their right to refuse service.
In response to the SCOTUS decision, Senator Mike Lee continues to stay true to protecting the religious liberties of Americans and defending the actual rights granted in the Constitution. The Senator from Utah has introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (which has 57 House co-sponsors and 18 Senate co-sponsors) in order to protect the rights of individuals and institutions that support traditional marriage. In particular, the bill would prevent the federal government from denying contracts, tax exemptions, grants, certificates, license, or anything of the sort to a person, business, or institution solely because that person, business, or institution believes that marriage is and can only be between one man and one woman.
Regarding the importance of protecting the rights of all Sen., Lee states: “Our focus must now be on defending these crucial rights of conscience. That is exactly why Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and I have introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from discriminating against anyone who believes that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”
Mike Lee continues to show through his efforts to preserve a fundamental right that he is willing to lead and defend our values when few in Washington are willing. His example should be a motivator for all of those who value the rights granted to us in the Constitution and remind us that we need not be discouraged by the inability of the Supreme Court to make the correct decision. Instead we should mobilize and fight for our religious liberty like never before. It’s time to support real conservatives, like Mike Lee, who will spend their time in Washington fighting the status quo not becoming part of the problem. Our freedoms are at risk and we must do all we can to support efforts to protect them.
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