By Emily Geiger
I keep hearing from gay rights advocates that the Iowa marriage decision won’t have any impact on the rest of us.
We point to the ministers sitting in jail in other countries, and they say that won’t happen here because we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
They tell us we’ll never know the difference, and we can go on with our merry heterosexual lives.
Well, they’re lying to us.
The Washington Post recently printed an article citing several examples in the United States of just how gay marriage and gay rights in general are stepping on the rights of Christians all across the country.
— A psychologist in Georgia was fired after she declined for religious reasons to counsel a lesbian about her relationship.
— Christian fertility doctors in California who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient were barred by the state Supreme Court from invoking their religious beliefs in refusing treatment.
— A Christian student group was not recognized at a University of California law school because it denies membership to anyone practicing sex outside of traditional marriage.
Oh, and don’t forget the Methodist group, the Ocean Grove Camp in New Jersey, who lost their tax exempt status after they denied a gay couple permission to have a commitment ceremony on their property.
And then there was E-Harmony, who got bullied into giving into creating a gay couple matching website, despite the fact that the dating website’s founder is an evangelical Christian who is morally opposed to homosexuality.
So, no, gay marriage and gay rights will have no impact on you at all unless you are a doctor, other medical professional, a service provider of any kind, or you care about freedom of religion.
Other than those little things, we’re totally in the clear.
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