question by Joel Thornton
Itâ€™s been three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage, and most of the hoopla has died down. But that doesnâ€™t mean the pro- and anti- sides are any closer together on one of the most contentious issues in a generation.
A common theme from Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton has been that Texansâ€™ religious liberties are at risk because of the Obergefell ruling. The Legislature passed a law protecting ministers from being sued if they refused to officiate at a same-sex wedding. Some county officials have resigned or resisted granting marriage licenses to same-sex spouses, citing their beliefs.
This weekâ€™s question: Are the religious rights of opponents of gay marriage genuinely at risk? Does granting gays and lesbians the right to marry affect heterosexual married couples?
Of the hundreds of people I have communicated with who fall into the spiritual not religious/unchurched category â€” which is over 30 percent of the population in some areas â€” not a one has expressed opposition to gay marriage. The excessive interest in other peopleâ€™s sex lives strikes us as strange. Conservative Christian objections toward interracial marriage were struck down in the courts decades ago. Itâ€™s obvious gay marriage would meet the same fate. It puzzles us why having slightly less of a Christian hegemony equals persecution. Besides, why should any religion be able to have sway over what is a civic institution?