Against liberty: Why every conservative should oppose gay marriage

Legalized same-sex marriage isn't just about equal rights for gays, but about forcing others to support SSM regardless of their beliefs. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, December 17, 2013 — One of the most divisive issues of the early 21st Century is the redefinition of marriage. 

Advocates have made a full court press to impose gay marriage on America. Proponents of gay marriage have been masterful in their presentation. To the artsy, left wing types, they have marketed gay marriage as the right to marry anyone you love. To the libertarians, they have marketed it as getting the government out of the marriage business. To the uninformed, ignorant or those who watch Sister Wives, it has been pitched as tolerance.

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The truth is that it is none of those things. It is an all out assault on liberty. 

The proponents of gay marriage who alternatively claim tolerance and wanting to get the government out of the marriage business are the first to demand the power of the state come down on those who disagree with them. 

Most conservatives are aware of the stories that have come out about those who dare to disagree with the government’s edict on gay marriage. In New Mexico, a photographer objected to photographing a lesbian “commitment ceremony.” In Oregon, a baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, while another refused to bake one for a party in Colorado, which does not recognized gay marriage.

In each of these cases, the offending Christians have been dragged before administrative, so-called “Human Rights” or “civil-rights” commissions. These commissions are to fair trials what Stalin’s show trials were to justice.

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These commissions are dominated by leftists and the outcomes are foreordained. In Oregon and Colorado, the bakers have been harassed by leftists and gay rights advocates. In Oregon, the harassment became too much and the baker shut down. In Colorado, the baker received a negative ruling on his case this month and is considering his legal options.

Perhaps nothing demonstrates the reality of the gay marriage assault on liberty more than something that recently happened in New Jersey. 

In New Jersey, a same-sex marriage bill was being considered by the state legislature, but it was pulled by its sponsors.

Why? Because it allowed for liberty.

The bill was going to be amended to allow for religious exceptions for those who had religious objections to gay marriage. The sponsors pulled the bill because they objected to that. Those people who are the first to scream “tolerance” want to eliminate tolerance for anyone who disagrees with them.

If they have their way, if you have a religious objection to gay marriage, that is too bad. If you are a photographer, your services now belong to the state and the state will tell you what to photograph. If you are a baker, your services now belong to the state and the state will tell you who you will bake for.

The end game here is to force churches to perform same-sex marriages regardless of their beliefs. The end goal is to force churches to allow their facilities to be used, regardless of the churches’ beliefs.

For many Protestant churches, that is offensive, but not the end of the world as they view the church as the people, not the building. For Catholic and Orthodox churches, their buildings are consecrated, and such a blasphemous ceremony would mean the church could not be used as a church again.

For the left, gay marriage is not about tolerance. It is a full-fledged assault on liberty and freedom of religion. It is an assault we must all resist.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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