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Hurtling Headlong to the Altar of Gomorrah

Whenever you hear an advocate say “X” is about “Y,” they really mean “Z.”

We’ve been told a lot of things about the push for official recognition of same-sex relationships as equivalent to the long-recognized societal definition of “marriage.” It’s been portrayed as a 21st Century civil rights battle, which, on a certain level, is complete bullshit; if recognition by the State was what was being fought for, ‘civil unions’ would have sufficed.

Rita and John's Marriage Certificate

Indeed, civil unions should have been the only kind the State should ever have been involved with. Edicts that discriminated against same-sex couples–compared to the traditional definition–mostly, but not only, involve matters of law. But the fight wasn’t waged to change the laws. No, what the fight was really about was that word: marriage, and everything it entails.

Marriage is, by historical definition, a religious expression; a sacrament, undertaken by a couple to have their union blessed by God (Yahweh, Allah, whatever Deity the couple worshipped). Somewhere along the way, the State, as is its wont, decided to get into the game. Marriage was considered a social stabilizer; a method of ensuring a cohesive, sustainable community, and legislation was crafted to make it also economically advantageous. I don’t know who’s bright idea it was to allow judges (or now, patronage hacks county clerks) to issue “marriage” licenses, but once Leviathan was in the game, it was only a matter of time till the rules of the game would be changed.

 

Same sex marriage advocates said it was about “equality” and “dignity.” They breezily dismissed any objections voiced by traditional marriage advocates, and insisted that their secular version could co-exist alongside the traditional, religion based paradigm. They offered assurances to religious institutions that they had nothing to fear; that their religious convictions were in no danger of being smashed by the State…. “Don’t worry,” they promised. “Your religious beliefs will not be disturbed. We just want equality!”

In other words, they lied. From the UK: Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out:

Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings.

He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”.

A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.

Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church.

“It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.”

He added: “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away.

While here in the US:

(Reuters) – A Catholic high school teacher said he was fired for marrying his gay partner soon after same-sex matrimony was made legal in California, prompting a Web-based push to see him reinstated.

The petition drive in support of English instructor Ken Bencomo on the online petition platform Change.org has gathered over 9,000 signatures from his former students and people as far away as Spain since it was launched earlier this week.

The teacher and his partner were among a wave of same-sex couples who married after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June cleared the way for gay weddings to resume in California for the first time since 2008.

If Bencomo sues, his attorney, Patrick McGarrigle, sees it as a potential test case of legal protections some religious institutions assert they have in hiring and firing based on principles of faith.

Both cases put paid the notion that this push for State recognition of same sex marriage was ever about “dignity,” equality,” or any other such impious utterance. It has always been about bending certain religious institutions–Christianity in general; Catholicism in particular–to the “Progressive” sub-sect of society’s nostrums. And if they won’t bend, Leviathan’s sledgemhammer will be used to break them.

 

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