Natural Marriage Has No Equal

Natural Marriage Has No Equal

Much is heard today about marriage ‘equality.’ But in fact, natural marriage has no equal, and no matter how long or loudly “marriage equality” is repeated it will never achieve what its proponents wish…and that is to make unequal things equal.

Natural marriage has always been, and will continue to be, an exclusive institution in life. The very nature of marriage is rooted in both the sexual differences of men and women, and their complementarity.  That difference is not only important to both the husband and wife, but also to their children, and the culture they shape together.

No other union is as elemental as natural marriage. It is not unlike taking two distinctly different elements, like hydrogen and oxygen, and joining them together to make something completely whole and unique. Try as they might, no other human relationship can form as complete and productive a bond. A wife gives her husband something he lacks, as the husband gives his wife something she lacks. Together, they each contribute out of their uniqueness to their children and help them shape their understanding of men and women in specific, and of human relationship in general. That’s marriage. And that’s the difference.

Defending Religious Freedom

We were quite disappointed that a bill that would have merely reiterated Ohioans’ First Amendment rights–the freedom to practice one’s sincerely held religious beliefs without threat of undue punishment by the state or other citizens–was needlessly withdrawn once “deeply misleading” criticism (as law professors called it) surfaced from same-sex marriage lobby groups.

Ohio HB 376 was modeled on and directly quotes the bipartisan federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993.

The RFRA restored the requirement of strict scrutiny application in religious freedom cases, the same test used by the Supreme Court prior to 1990.

Was Bill Clinton anti-gay when he signed the bill? How about Ted Kennedy, Diane Feinstein, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or any of the other 97 senators and 425 Representatives who almost unanimously voted to pass the federal RFRA to protect basic First Amendment rights of religious freedom of individuals?

No.

They passed that bill to reiterate the American ideal that people of all belief systems, all races, all backgrounds, and all sexual attractions have the freedom to practice their sincerely held religious beliefs unless the government can prove a compelling state interest in curtailing them.

Under the City of Boerne v. Flores (1997), the U.S. Supreme Court instructed states to pass their own RFRA’s. With almost 50 House co-sponsors, Ohio was set to join 17 other states that have passed a RFRA.

Contrary to now-popular falsehoods, no RFRA has ever been used to discriminate. “In fact, since RFRA was passed in 1993 and adopted by many states, not a single person has used RFRA to defend racist business practices or discrimination against gay people in court.”

The Left, as documented by the federal RFRA vote in 1993, used to understand this. “In 1993, the Left cared about individual rights.  That’s what made them “liberals.” They didn’t think the government should be able to tell individuals not to do things simply because they didn’t personally agree with their choices.”

Sadly, now those voices are drowned out by a mob mentality that seeks to impose their views and actions on everyone else, the epitome of intolerance. It’s not enough for them that the Colorado baker, New Mexico photographer, and Washington florist never refused to serve someone based on one’s sexual orientation. So much for tolerating different views and lifestyle choices; so much for live and let live…

Their actions on RFRA now betray their true intentions.

However, this is not the end for religious freedom in Ohio, but a beginning.

Pro-family organizations in Ohio, led by Citizens for Community Values, are already redoubling efforts to address these “egregious” lies and attacks on religious freedom. Together, we will continue to promote and protect religious freedom, marriage, family, and children in Ohio. We will stand together to defend liberty and the First Amendment from all who would seek to trample freedom and coerce and compel a free people.