BY JAMES NIMMO
Just as masturbation was at one time preached [probably still is – some of us never learned our lesson] to bring on blindness and other assorted public marks of the guilty pleasure, so have our enemies of gay and lesbian equality also been slow to learn their lesson: Religion and civil rights do no mix.
Various religious denominations have filed amicus briefs [friends of the court] trying to persuade the judges of the 10th Circuit Court in Denver to deny the civil right of marriage to America’s gay and lesbian citizens.
The court is hearing arguments in March on rulings coming from district courts in Utah and Oklahoma.
What will the judges hear from the blind? The freedom to marry should be denied because same-gender couples can’t procreate. These homo-hating groups have failed to read the rulings from Judge Vaughn Walker of Prop 8 fame and other federal district judges who have spelled out that the right to marry cannot be denied due to religious animus aimed at a hated minority.
The Bible-blinded have been staring into the dying embers of their mythological campfires too long. No straight couple has ever been asked by a civil authority that issues marriage licenses in any state if the couple intends to procreate or is even capable of procreation.
A different standard is being conjured out of thin air to justify continued scorn of gay and lesbian citizens wanting to exercise their rights. Indeed, same-gender couple can and do procreate the same way many straight couples do with the use of in-vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers. As far as I know our enemies have made no mention of these scientific techniques used worldwide for many decades, but we must remember that our enemies don’t believe in science since it impinges on their deeply held religious beliefs.
Houses of worship may ask and require positive answers to these questions which is suitable for those couples who voluntarily agree to religious dogma being a part of their personal ceremony.
However, civil authorizes and civil law have no business intruding religious belief by proxy into a right of citizenship: freedom from religion and the right of association.
Read the clip and follow the link below to read more about the attempt to make all of us proxy dummy adherents to religious discrimination.
“The inescapable truth is that only male-female relationships can create children. Children need their mothers and fathers. And society needs mothers and fathers to raise their children,” the groups say in the brief.
– James Nimmo lives in Oklahoma City and is a frequent contributor to The Oklahoma Observer