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Marriage Reality vs. Marriage Redefinition

By Bill May

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER COMMENTARY:

Society needs a civil institution that specifically unites children with their mother and father.
When the Supreme Court of Washington state ruled unanimously against a local florist who declined to provide flowers for the wedding of a same-sex couple, it was a stunning defeat for religious liberty and conscience in the United States. The men who sought her services had been previous customers of Barronelle Stutzman’s business, and they had a good relationship. But Stutzman just felt it was wrong to participate in an event that she knew was contrary to God’s plan for marriage. There was no animus, but the court found her refusal to be an illegal act of discrimination.

Courts have rejected similar religious-liberty arguments with a photographer in New Mexico and in a case involving a Colorado baker that is now pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

When the Washington decision came down, an article on a leading conservative website noted the silence by Christian religious leaders across the country.

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