September 03

The Other Side of the Gay Marriage Movement

The Supreme Court ruled in June that gay marriage, based on the Constitution, should be legal in all 50 states. While this has been a movement since the 60s, it really gained traction in 2008, when President Obama endorsed the idea and many Democrats followed. For the GOP, there have been some politicians, such as Senator Murkowski, who supported gay marriage, but mostly politicians have adhered to the religious idea that marriage is only between men and women, and that it is against their religious liberty to accept gay marriage. Most Republicans also wanted the decision to be on a state level, and believe that the Supreme Court overstepped its boundaries. While it is legal in 50 states at this moment, there are movements for instead, religious liberty.

The precedent in the United States is on that was founded upon the idea of religious liberty. That means that regardless of your view, you would be allowed to practice openly and freely without government limitations. For gay marriage, the issue for many people is that although it is legal, it is morally unacceptable for them to accept gay marriage based on their religion. There was an issue in Indiana when those for gay marriage protested against a law that allowed for business owners to discriminate against gay couples (such as wedding cake owners to not make a wedding cake for a gay marriage), and now in Kentucky, a clerk refused to issue a gay marriage license citing a “law of nature.”

While many thought that the gay marriage issue was settled in the Supreme Court hearing, other politicians are constructing bills to protect those with religious beliefs and their opposition to gay marriage. As this is an issue between church and state, this issue is far from over. There is a reason the clerk in Kentucky, who responded negatively to a gay couple, has made national news.

Many GOP politicians have stated that they believe in tradition marriage between a man and a woman, but state that the Supreme Court decision must be upheld. Jeb Bush said in response to the gay marriage legalization: “I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision.” But then, he continued, “I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments.” While it is legal, there is also a movement to protect religious beliefs. Ben Carson said in June, “I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected.”

This call was upheld by Senator Mike Lee from Utah as he constructs a bill to uphold religious liberties. As religion clashes with business as well as state laws, there is no clear answer to how this will pass and what it will accomplish.

As seen from the clerk in Kentucky, this issue is far from over, and for those with traditional marriage beliefs, their fight is about to start. As it is now the law of the land, there will surely be more demonstrations and protests about the issue.