This website has staked out what we believe to be solid ideological ground with regard to government intervention in the religious institution of marriage.
As far as we’re concerned, government shouldn’t have anything to do with marriage … banning or sanctioning, gay or straight. Furthermore, we believe government has no right to force private sector companies to provide goods or services on the basis of sexual orientation (although businesses which discriminate for any reason won’t be in business for long).
Having said that, homosexual couples have an unambiguous right to equal protection under the law – meaning they cannot (and should not) be deprived of any benefit made available to heterosexual couples.
But the decision on whether to marry gay couples must always be left to individual congregations. Government must never be permitted to compel congregations to start – or stop – performing gay marriages once its members have spoken on the issue.
That is a flagrant violation of religious freedom.
Accordingly, we view with disdain the emerging belief that churches can be sued for refusing to perform gay marriage ceremonies – which has prompted thousands of congregations across the country to change their constitutions in an effort to shield them from such actions.
This is ridiculous: Churches should never be subjected to legal action for refusing to perform gay marriages – just as they should never be subjected to legal action for performing gay marriages.
Seriously … what part of ‘government should stay the hell out of this’ does America not understand?