S.C. SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES PUSH “PROTECTION OF MARRIAGE ACT”
|| By FITSNEWS || The battle over gay marriage in South Carolina is over … but that’s not stopping opponents of the practice from pushing legislation to outlaw it (again) in the Palmetto State. To that end, gay marriage opponents will participate in a “Protection of Marriage Act” rally at the S.C. State House at 3:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
“This is an effort to push back versus federal courts overthrowing the sanctity of marriage and in anticipation of (the U.S. Supreme Court) likely doing the same in their ruling in June 2015,” an invitation to the event reads.
It’s also an effort to show support for H. 3022, a bill introduced by S.C. Rep. Bill Chumley which would essentially defund gay marriage in the Palmetto State – and ban the issuance of same sex marriage licenses.
“The crowd size is important so legislators and the governor will know there is strong interest (in the bill),” the invite continues, encouraging attendees to “bring a friend and your pastor.”
Specifically, Chumley’s bill would block local and state salaries being paid “for an activity that includes the licensing or support of same-sex marriage.” In fact were any local or state employee to violate this ban, they “must not continue to receive a salary, pension, or other employee benefit.”
Additionally Chumley’s legislation holds that “no taxes or public funds may be utilized to enforce a court order requiring the issuance or recognition of a same-sex marriage license.”
Last July, the U.S. fourth circuit court of appeals in Richmond, Virginia struck down Virginia’s gay marriage ban – a decision the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn. However a sixth circuit ruling has upheld a state’s right to define marriage as it sees fit.
Approved by voters in 2006, South Carolina’s gay marriage ban was declared unconstitutional last fall by U.S. district court judge Richard Gergel – and the high court refused to overturn him, too.
Similar dramas are playing out in other Deep South states, too.
This website’s view on marriage has been made abundantly clear on repeated occasions: No government – local, state or federal – should be able to ban (or compel) marriage: Gay, straight or plural. That’s because marriage isn’t a government institution, it’s a religious one – meaning the question should be left to individual congregations. As for civil unions, we believe the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment compels government to acknowledge homosexual, heterosexual or plural unions.
It’s simple: If you can find a church willing to marry you, more power to you … however no church should be forced to perform a marriage that’s inconsistent with its beliefs.